Monday 27 May 2019

Sadness at passing of Nanny ten days after her wedding

Nanny Murphy O’Connor pictured on her wedding day
Nanny Murphy O’Connor pictured on her wedding day

Pádraig Byrne

Just ten days after celebrating her wedding day at her side, family and friends of Nan 'Nanny' O'Connor (née Murphy) of 11 Redmond Street gathered at St Aidan's Cathedral on Thursday with the difficult task of bidding her a fond and final farewell at her funeral mass.

Just over two months ago, Nanny was diagnosed with cancer and, although she battled bravely and remained upbeat throughout, the prognosis was not good. It was with this in mind that she finally decided to tie the knot with her partner of over forty years and the love of her life, Patrick O'Connor, or 'Pimple' as he is affectionately known.

Described as a beautiful and emotional day, the pair were married by Fr O'Connell at the chapel in Wexford General Hospital and though she was married just a short time, she went to her eternal rest as a happily married woman, something which meant a lot to both herself and Patrick.

Sadly there were emotions of a different kind at the Cathedral on Thursday as a huge crowd gathered to pay their respects to a much loved member of the local community and offer their support to her heartbroken family. In an extremely fitting eulogy, Nanny's brother-in-law Lou Brooks described a woman who made time for everyone.

'A very humble, pleasant, thoughtful, kind, caring and sincere woman,' he said. 'I could go on but words alone would never fully describe this woman. She was always known as Nanny to all that knew her and a more apt name couldn't be given to someone like her. She was like a Nanny to everyone.'

Lou spoke of how family was everything for Nanny and how she had come through some difficult times too.

'Sadly she lost her daughter Chris a few years ago and also lost a part of herself,' he said. 'Her daughter Bridget, whom Nanny adored, has the same will to live and love of life. Without her, the last few years would have been a lot tougher.'

Speaking of her new husband, Lou said: 'He was the love of her life for over forty years, but her husband for just a few short days. Nanny, I'm sure, will rest peacefully knowing that she went to her eternal rest a happily married woman. At their wedding, Fr O'Connell said "If you love someone and someone loves you, then God loves you both". I thought that was very fitting.'

It was also recalled how Nanny had spent an unbelievable 54 years working for the Kerr family, looking after the children and three generations. '54 years I think in any one job is a remarkable achievement and the Kerr children are testament to that.'

Nanny was also a doting grandmother to Seán, Dylan and Michael, who were described as the 'apples of her eye' and special reference was also made to her holiday friend and confidante Bernie Dempsey, with whom great times were enjoyed.

Following a moving ceremony, Nanny was laid to rest in Enniscorthy Cemetery, where a stirring rendition of 'The Fields of Athenry' was sung at her graveside. She is mourned by her loving husband Patrick, daughter Bridget, grandsons Seán, Dylan and Michael, son-in-law Michael, family in the UK, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, the Kerr family, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and a large circle of friends.

Enniscorthy Guardian