Tuesday 23 January 2018

Una will be fondly remembered

Una Flanagan 1921 - 2012

Una Flanagan, Park Villas, Dundalk who died peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St. Oliver Plunkett Hospital, Dundalk on December 20th will be fondly remembered by a generation of townspeople as she was, for many years, an usherette in the town's popular Adelphi Cinema.

Una who died just weeks short of her 92nd birthday was the last surviving member of a family of seven of Peter and Esther Flanagan. The family lived for a time in Anne Street before moving to Park Villas where Una lived all her life.

After her education in St. Malachy's N.S., Una went to work in the Adelphi, which was one of four cinemas in the town at the time.

The Adelphi was the largest and most popular and Una loved her work as an usherette.

She will be remembered so well by many because at that time the cinema was the only real social outlet for teenagers, and keeping them quiet during the screening of the films wasn't an easy task, but one that Una managed with great firmness and fairness.

She later went to work in ECCO where she made many good friends and was a popular member of staff.

When Una's sister, Gertie was killed in a road accident, leaving three children to be cared for, Una and her sister, Bernie took on the task of looking after Gertie's daughters, Patricia and Mary who were just babies at the time.

The sisters relished the responsibility and made a loving and stable home for the two girls, who deeply appreciated the sacrifice that their aunts made.

Throughout her life Una was always working for charitable causes. When a major disaster struck some part of the world, Una was always the first to donate, be it the clothes she knitted, or the Christmas boxes she assembled to send to needy children.

Her generosity was renowned, but always done in an unobtrusive way and she deserves to be remembered with great affection for the charitable work she undertook.

Una cared for her sister, Bernie for some years after she was taken ill, and when Bernie died in 2000 she lived alone before her own health deteriorated and she was admitted to St. Oliver's two years ago where she was lovingly cared for by staff. She will be greatly missed by her nephews and nieces with whom she always had a great bond.

Una is survived by her nieces and nephews, Patricia, Mary, Pat, Joan, Jackie, Peter, Desmond, Brian, Raymond, Michael, Vivienne, Jean, Grainne, Paul, Peter, and John, sister-in-law Bridie (Flanagan) relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Jack and Joe and sisters, Imelda, Gertie, Bernie and Ursula.

Having reposed at McGeough's Funeral Home, Una's remains were taken to St. Patrick's Cathedral where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Very Rev. Mark O'Hagan, Adm., who gave the eulogy.

The Readings were given by Joan Gosling and Emma Tinsley and the Prayers of Intercession were led by Kevin Woods, Veron Flanagan and Damien McGahon.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by Patricia McGahon and Jacqueline Woods.

The beautiful music was provided by soloist, Susan Dixon and the organist was Brendan McCourt.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's cemetery.

Month's Mind Mass will be held on January 20th at 11.30 a.m. in St. Patrick's.

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