Family and friends will miss Aileen

The late Aileen McLoughlin

1934-2012 AILEEN McLOUGHLIN (nee Murphy) of St Brendan's Park, Tralee and formerly of Dingle, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning in Cuil Didin Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.

Aileen was born on May 24, 1934 one of six children to parents Patrick and Margaret Murphy. She was predeceased by her brothers Joe and Tony and sister Rita. Her surviving siblings are her sisters Deirdre Boyd, in Killarney and Barbara Harpur in Loughborough, England.

Aileen attended school in Presentation Dingle and in her late teens met the love of her life, Thomas McLoughlin from Tralee, who worked with CIE at the time. After leaving school, she worked in Kerry County Council offices in Killarney.

She married Thomas in 1955 and they settled down to married life in Dingle before moving to St. Brendan's Park, Tralee in 1961. They were blessed with six children: Eithne, Dell, Damien, Colm, Tony and Aileen junior.

Aileen was a wonderful mother and gained an excellent reputation as a cook and baker. She made wedding cakes for all her children and also regularly baked Christmas cakes for friends and neighbours.

Her front door was always open for anyone looking for a pint of milk or cup of sugar. Indeed her home became a focal point for many of the players of Park FC, with soup and sandwiches often supplied after matches.

Aileen always loved party nights in her home, surrounded by family and friends for a sing-song. Her favourite outing was a trip to the beach and she spent many happy days with family at her favourite place in the Maharees. She was also an avid card-player and enjoyed many a game with friends in Hickey's pub, Rock Street.

Aileen was a very good Badminton player and competed for her local club at many competitions around the county. She was a great walker and was regularly seen on the roads around Bullock Hill and Listellick on her daily route. She greatly encouraged all her family to take part in sport, and was always very proud of their many great achievements.

With her own family reared, Aileen turned her mind to further study and attended night classes in the old Community College in Moyderwell. One of her proudest moments was on receiving her Diploma in Social Studies at a ceremony in UCC in 1985. She gave generously of her time to various charities, especially with delivering "mealson-wheels" for Ozanam House for many years.

A large part of Aileen died when her husband Thomas passed away in February, 2000. She struggled for a long time to cope with her grief, getting some consolation from the daily visits of her children and grandchildren, on whom she doted.

She became a resident in Cuil Didin Nursing Home in January 2011 and enjoyed the loving care and attention of the staff there. She died peacefully there after a short illness.

Aileen will be sadly missed by her two sisters, her sons and daughters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandsons, grand-daughters, great-grandson, cousins and many friends.

After Requiem Mass in Our Lady and St Brendan's Church, Tralee on Friday, December 28, Aileen was laid to rest in St. John's Cemetery, Oakview beside her beloved husband.

May she rest in peace.

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