Wednesday 22 January 2020

Family 'shocked to core' as Patricia is fourth recent loss

Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Patricia Brennan after her funeral in Kilrush Co Clare.
Mourners carry the coffin at the funeral of Patricia Brennan after her funeral in Kilrush Co Clare.
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By Gordon Deegan

THE family of the tragic visually impaired woman who died after she fell on to train tracks in Raheny are "sad to the core", her funeral mass was told.

Mourners were asked to remember Patricia Brennan as a "great model and a great example of how to live a life."

Ms Brennan (57) died last Thursday when she fell on tracks at Raheny Dart station and was struck by a mainline train travelling from Pearse Street station to Drogheda.

Ms Brennan survived the incident at around 1.50pm but was rushed to nearby Beaumount Hospital where she later died.

Phone Parish priest Fr Michael Sheedy told funeral mass in Kilrush, Co Clare, yesterday that Patricia was a great family member.

"She would phone her mother, Bridget, every single day," he said.

"Her family are not just shocked, they are sad to the core and they have had more than their fare share of sadness."

At her funeral mass at St Senan's Church in Kilrush, Fr Sheedy said that Patricia's life had come to "an abrupt and tragic end".

Fr Sheedy said that with her death, the Brennans have now lost four members in the last number of years with her father and a brother dying since 2011 with another brother dying prior to 2011.

Ms Brennan is survived by her mother, Bridget and sister, Maria in her immediate family.

Fr Sheedy said that the bereavements of recent years "is some cross for any family to carry."

Mourners at the mass also included visually impaired friends of Patricia's from Dublin and recalling Patricia's life, Fr Sheedy said: "Few of all will get as much out of life or put so much into it as Patricia did."

Patricia - originally from Cappa, Kilrush - had been living in Dublin for a number of years and had bought her own home there.

"Our sight is the most precious of all of our senses and without your sight is to have a great handicap in life, but Patricia didn't see it that way and led a very active and full life," Fr Sheedy said.

"She worked for many years with the bank answering the telephone and like a number of people years ago, she was made redundant," he said.

"Patricia's poor vision meant that she could barely make people out but Patricia made the best of her life, that is what she did. She was a very outgoing person all through her life.

He told mourners: "Patricia was regularly at the theatre and she joined lots of walking groups. Just at this weekend gone, she would have been at the Fleadh in Sligo if things had worked out differently for her."

Patricia was yesterday later laid to rest at the nearby New Shanakyle cemetery.


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