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The late Eileen Larkin


Eileen Larkin, late of Rathea (Listowel), Ballyduff and Ballybunion passed away peacefully on Sunday February 17th.

Eileen was born in Rathea, Listowel in 1927. Her family later moved to Parkanna, Athea but Eileen returned to Listowel to be educated by the Presentation Sisters.

She trained as a nurse in Rochdale, near Manchester, graduating in 1951. She then went on to do midwifery at St Mary's Hospital in Leeds.

She returned to Ireland taking up various posts in Dublin, all the while continuing her studies.

She loved Dublin and worked there as a public health nurse in areas that gave her a lifelong commitment to helping the under privileged. After a placement in the Aran Islands she returned to Kerry in the late 1960's and took up the position of Public Health Nurse in Ballybunion where she remained for the rest of her career.

Eileen spent her life dedicated to the care of others but she also had a great interest in learning and attained many other qualifications. She had diplomas in Social Science from UCC and Behavioural Science from the College of Surgeons and attended numerous other courses including Religious Studies in St Patrick's College, Maynooth.

Eileen died peacefully in the care of the Matron and Staff of Kilcara Nursing Home, Duagh on February 17 and, in a final act of dedication to learning, donated her remains to medical science.

She was predeceased by her parents James and Bridget (née Sweeney), her brother Anthony of Parkanna, Athea and a brother Moss who died in infancy. She will be missed by her relatives and friends. Those of us who remember her driving wonder if the pillars of the Pearly Gates are still standing now that she has arrived.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis

There will be a Month's Mind Mass for Eileen Larkin in St John's Church, Ballybunion on Wednesday 27th of March at 10am.


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