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Maureen used the power of her love to make things happen


The late Maureen Crosbie.

The late Maureen Crosbie.

The late Maureen Crosbie.


Maureen Crosbie née Flanagan was born on Wednesday, December 26 1934, in Commercial Road in the East End of London. Her parents Bill and Bridget owned a pub called The Cape Of Good Hope. Over the course of the next seven years they had two more children, her brothers Terence and Patsy. In 1941, during the blitz, the pub was destroyed by German bombs.

The family moved back to the west of Ireland, from where they had originated, and bought a pub in the main street in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo. In 1947 Maureen’s mam passed away, so at 13 years of age she became mother to her two younger brothers. In 1954 her father passed away and herself and her two brothers were taken in by their auntie Molly and uncle Tom O'Leary of the O'Leary Poultry business in John Street, Wexford.

Maureen worked in the office, and wherever else help was needed. She started going to dances, where she met Richard Crosbie. They married on June 9, 1962 in Barntown Church, and bought a four-bedroom terraced house at 67 Upper John Street.

When their twins were born in March 1967, they had five boys under four, so help was needed. They took in a 14-year-old girl named Jo Kearns to help with raising the kids, and she soon became a part of the family. In 1971 Ann Marie was born giving them their only girl and the family was complete. In 1977 they bought a house in Ivy Lane in Coolcotts and lived there since.

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Family came first with Maureen, and extended family were very important to her. Along with her late husband Richard, she put a lot of time and effort into maintaining links with various branches of the family, including the Flanagans and Finns in Roscommon and Mayo, the Crosbies in Belfast and Derry, the O'Connors in Enniskillen and the Murphys in Dublin and the UK. She was particularly fond of trips to the west, and her home town of Ballyhaunis, and she and Richard would get away there as often as they could.

Apart from a mild stroke in 1993, she was never really sick, and she lived life to the full. She had a gentle way of moulding souls - she never raised her voice, never got angry, and just used the power of her love to make things happen. She instilled in her children the importance of family, and of respect for each other.

She will be sadly missed by her children Billy, Tony, Richard, Terence, Eugene and Ann-Marie, son-in-law Fran, daughters-in-law Jackie, May May, Lorraine, Michelle and Lisa, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters-in-law Marie and Phil, brothers-in-law Eugene and Seán, extended family, relatives, friends and neighbours.