Tuesday 16 January 2018

Breege perfected the art of giving generously

THE PEACEFUL and unexpected death occurred in Dublin of Breege McCarrick, late of Clontarf, and originally from Loughill, Cloonacool. She was aged 92. Breege was a teacher all her working life.

She started her professional career in her Alma Mater, the Marist Convent, Tubbercurry, in the early 1940s.

Breege then moved to Dublin where she taught for most of her career at Maryfield Convent until her retirement.

She was one of those people who had an interest in everybody.

Her beloved Cloonacool was always close to her heart.

Breege was a regular visitor home and her favourite trip West was always in the month of May to see the white-thorn hedges in bloom around Cloonacool.

She had an intimate knowledge of people and relations.

If introduced to a younger person she would want to know their parents, grandparents and great grandparents.

Often, she knew more than the young person to whom she was speaking.

Breege also always kept very close to Sligo people living in Dublin, either through the Sligo Mens Association or other groups of teachers, etc.

Her main teaching subject was Irish.

Her love of the language was transferred almost by osmosis to her students.

She was a personal friend of many of the great Irish poets and writers of the last two or three generations.

After he retirement, kept abreast of the progress of her many past pupils, nephews and nieces and through time their children.

Breege's thirst for knowledge and her desire to help others kept her moving in all directions.

She mixed scholarly trips to Rome, France or Greece with trips around the city or down the country to catch up with old friends, who might need help, a kind word, or a listening ear.

She also kept up to speed with the political shenanigans of the day.

The irony of her being buried on budget day, December 5th, was not lost on those who attended her funeral.

Growing up in Cloonacool in the 1920's and 30's, when Ireland's independence was fragile made many of that generation either pro or antitreaty.

Breege took a certain line of opinion and nobody could say a bad word in her presence about a certain party leader.

She, however, was generous enough to acknowledge the right of others to a different opinion.

Generosity and the art of giving was perfected by Breege.

As well as being generous in material ways, she was most generous in giving of her time to anybody she thought might need it.

Her great source of relaxation was reading The Irish Times and doing its daily crossword.

This was something she managed to do on the evening before her death.

At her funeral Mass in Dublin, many of her past pupils and colleagues came to pay their respects to a wonderful teacher and friend.

There was a second funeral Mass in St. Michael's Church, Cloonacool, where she had been baptised.

Burial took place in St. Michael's Cemetery, Cloonacool.

Breege was pre-deceased by brothers John, Martin and Paddy and sisters Kathleen, Mary, Nora and Margaret.

She is survived by her brothers Con (Dundalk), Fr. Roger (Fiji), sisters Una (Dublin), Sr. Justine (England), aunt, Kathleen, nephews, nieces, in-laws, grand nephews and many friends.

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