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Kind-hearted Mag always thought of others


The late Mag Nacey.

The late Mag Nacey.

The late Mag Nacey.


THERE was widespread sadness felt throughout the county recently following the passing of Margaret Nacey (nee: Walsh), Corach Avenue, Wellingtonbridge.

Margaret (66), passed away at her home following a short illness, surrounded by her family, on December 27.

Originally from Ballyhackbeg, Mag, as she was affectionately referred to by everyone who knew her, retained a strong affection for her home place throughout her entire life. However, she was also very fond of her neighbours and friends in Corach Avenue.

Mag was educated in St Leonard’s National School and upon leaving school she got her first job working in Doolin’s Pub, in Waterford, and she also worked as a baby-sitter there.

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Following her time in the Crystal County she returned closer to home and got a job working in Ryan’s Pub, in Wellingtonbridge, where she also worked as a house-keeper.

She worked in a similar role and as baby-sitter with the French family in Bannow and she also worked for a time as a house-keeper with the Howlin family.

Such was her down-to-earth manner and friendly personality that she invariably became like another member of the families for whom she worked.

Mag was well known for her culinary skills and in particular her baking, for which she was revered. She worked as a cook in the Bridge Restaurant in Wellingtonbridge for many years  and also brought her skills in the kitchen to Grantstown Day Care Centre where she was an invaluable member of staff in the canteen until she retired.

During her time in Ryan’s Pub in Wellingtonbridge, she met the love of her life, Michael (Mikey) Nacey. Mikey used to travel on his bicycle to meet her at her home in Ballyhackbeg. The couple would have celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in March this year. 

Mag and Mikey were blessed with three children but sadly heartbreak befell them in 1997 when their son, Dominic, died following an accident, when he was just 20 years of age.

His passing left a huge void in the lives of the Nacey family and for Mag part of her died that day too. However, despite the tragedy of losing her son she bore the loss of Dominic with the same courage and inner strength that she lived her entire life.

One of the most highly respected members of her community Mag was one of the nicest and most sincere people anyone could meet. Very loving and caring by nature she was blessed with a kind heart and was the type of person who always put the needs of others before her own.

She was a hard worker and loved keeping herself busy. Mag had many interests and in particular loved walking and looking at horse racing. She also have a very active social life and loved being the company of friends and relatives having a chat and a good laugh.

Her Saturday trips with her best friend, Trish, were a highlight of her week and the two of them enjoyed a very close bond of friendship.

She lived for her family and took an active interest in everything they did and she was immensely fond of her grandchildren. Mag loved being surrounded by her family.

Her passing has left a massive void in the lives of not just her immediate family but also in the lives of her neighbours and friends.

Mag’s funeral mass took place in the Church of Mary Immaculate & St Joseph, Carrig-on-Bannow, on Wednesday, December 29.

Following the mass her remains were laid to reside beside her son Dominic, in Ballylannon Cemetery.

Mag is survived by her husband, Mikey; daughter, Mary; son, Joe; grandchildren: Dylan, Kayleigh, Rachel, Abbie, Shannon and Jenna; daughter in law, Aisling; Mary’s partner Seamus; sisters, Kathleen, Ann and Mary; brother, Christy and by all her relatives and large circle of friends.