Wednesday 23 January 2019

Teresa was a woman with a deep religious faith and member of Legion of Mary

Obituary - Teresa Murphy (1916-2018)

The late Teresa Murphy.
The late Teresa Murphy.

Teresa Murphy, who passed away peacefully in Dealgan Nursing Home on Monday May 14th last, in her 103rd year, was the last of her family generation.

Born just weeks before the Easter Rising on March 31st 1916 in Stonetown, Louth, Teresa was the youngest of six, and was predeceased by her parents John Francis and Brigid Murphy, her siblings Mary, Pat, Bridie, Nancy and Nellie, and her nephew Michael McCrystal.

Throughout her life she had a great attachment to Stonetown, and was always made very welcome by the McCrystal family on her many visits there. She began her education in the local Stonetown N.S., and later went to St. Louis in Monaghan.

After finishing school, Teresa gained a diploma in Shorthand/Typing, and went on to very successfully teach these skills to a generation of local people from her offices in Earl Street, where she also lived for a time. Later she taught Business Studies and Book-keeping and Religion in St. Vincents Secondary School until her retirement, and is still fondly remembered by many of her pupils from that era.

Teresa moved to Avondale Park, then Oaklawns to live with her sister Nancy, who had returned from England on her retirement, and later moved to Carroll Mead before taking up residence in Dealgan Nursing Home in late 2011. A woman with a deep religious faith, she was a life-long member of the local Legion of Mary and, indeed, was a personal friend of Frank Duff, who founded the movement. She was also instrumental in forming the local Mental Health Association, and was a great sounding board for many people who sought its help.

Despite living through some extraordinary times, one of Teresa’s proudest moments was receiving a letter from President, Michael D Higgins to mark her 100th birthday in 2016, celebrated in Dealgan. She will be sadly missed by her loving nieces Anne Faul (London), Frances Gauci (France), Ethna Dowling and Mary Smyth (both Dundalk), grand-nephews, grand-nieces, great grand-nephews and nieces, extended family and friends.

After reposing in Dealgan on Tuesday May 15th, Teresa was removed the next afternoon to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Louth Village for funeral Mass celebrated by Fr. Sean McArdle, during which her great love of poetry was aptly remembered in a eulogy by good friend Pat McKenna. The Prayers of the Faithful were said by Ross McCrystal, Niall Sheenan, David Dowling, Mary Cotter and Hannah Murray, and the Offertory Gifts were brought to the altar by Niamh and Eoin Sheenan. The beautiful singing was by Anne Carroll, accompanied by organist Fidelma Bellew. Burial took place in the adjoining Louth cemetery. The Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Louth Village on Saturday, June 9th at 7.30pm

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