Rathmore native made many friends

The late Eileen Cawley


THE death has occurred of Eileen Cawley (nee O'Leary) of Lakelands Avenue, Kilmacud, Dublin and formerly Rathmore, Co Kerry, on Saturday, October 20.

Eileen was born in Inchabeg, Rathmore, Co. Kerry in 1931, the youngest daughter of Michael and Julia (nee Moynihan).

She had three siblings - Michael, Kathleen and Sheila. Eileen attended the local primary school in Rathmore and following ill health during her teenage years, she moved to Dublin where she qualified as a nurse.

She spent seven years nursing, firstly in Peamount and subsequently in Blanchardstown Hospital and in 1960, she married Gerard Cawley from Ballymote, Co. Sligo.

She had five children, Padraic, Michael (deceased 1965), Helen, Anna and Sheelagh. The initial few years of her married life were spent in Rathmines, after which the family moved and settled in Kilmacud, Co. Dublin.

There she raised her children, was active in the parish, made many friends and gained tremendous renown as a marvellous cook.

Eileen suffered her first stroke in 1995, from which she made a remarkable recovery. A second stroke seven years later resulted in deteriorating health and she passed away surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 20.

Eileen's remains reposed at her residence on Wednesday, October 24 with removal on Thursday morning to the Church of St Laurence O'Toole, Kilmacud. Following 10am Requiem Mass burial took place in Dean's Grange Cemetery. May she rest in peace.

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