Monday 23 October 2017

Maureen Haughey was 'fiercely proud' of her husband

Sons Seán and Ciarán Haughey accompany the coffin as it leaves St Sylvester’s Church in Malahide Photo: Damien Eagers
Sons Seán and Ciarán Haughey accompany the coffin as it leaves St Sylvester’s Church in Malahide Photo: Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

Maureen Haughey believed that life with her late husband Charlie was "never dull - whether for good or bad".

Delivering a heart-felt eulogy after her mother's funeral mass, daughter Eimear Mulhern said her mother had concluded a memoir of her life and times. "I think I've had an interesting life," the daughter of a Taoiseach, who married a Taoiseach, had written by way of conclusion.

Daughter Eimear Mulhern with other family members Photo: Colin Keegan
Daughter Eimear Mulhern with other family members Photo: Colin Keegan

Ms Haughey passed away after a short illness at the age of 91 on St Patrick's Day.

The chief mourners at St Sylvester's Church in Malahide were the Haughey siblings, Eimear, Conor, Ciarán and Seán, their eight grandchildren and other members of the extended Haughey-Lemass clan. Ms Mulhern recalled Ms Haughey was "fiercely proud of and loyal to" her husband of 55 years, Charlie Haughey, who died in 2006. "She was in his corner at all times," Ms Mulhern summed up. She said her mother had "many trials" in her life.

"But she was always stoic and dignified and held her head up quietly and held her counsel."

Ms Mulhern said her mother had a keen interest in politics and current affairs.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern offers his condolences to Conor Haughey Photo: Damien Eagers
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern offers his condolences to Conor Haughey Photo: Damien Eagers

She had often joked that she was a better judge of character than her husband.

Among the mourners were many Fianna Fáil figures past and present as party leader Micheál Martin was joined by former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. Former ministers Mary Hanafin and Pat Carey also attended, along with contemporaries of Charlie Haughey, such as Tom Kitt, Dr Michael Woods and Gerard Collins.

The President was represented by his aide de camp, Lieut Commander Patricia Butler, and the Taoiseach by his aide de camp, Commdt Will Collins. Following the funeral Mass her remains were taken to St Fintan's Cemetery for burial.

Irish Independent

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