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Sheila Walsh loved life and was full of unconditional love


The late Sheila Walsh.

The late Sheila Walsh.

The late Sheila Walsh.


Sheila Walsh (nee Murphy) was born in Wexford Town to Aidan and Joan Murphy. She was the oldest of four siblings - Michael, Eamonn and Trisha – who grew up in a very happy and loving family.

Sheila attended the Mercy Convent school in Summerhill and played the accordion in St Michael’s school band. She was later part of St Joseph’s junior ceili band and attended the Loreto Convent Secondary School, the friendships she made there continuing throughout her life. Sheila followed in her father’s footsteps in becoming a volunteer at the Wexford Festival Opera for many years.

Sheila met Richard Walsh and they married in 1973. Upon their return from England they bought a site and built their home in Murrintown. A couple of years later they had the joy of their first of their four daughters - Emily, Helen, Jenny and Laura. Sheila’s daughters describe their childhood with their mother as feeling very loved, and loved uniquely for who they were. She was always their home.

Sheila’s family was expanded further when her four daughters married Liam, Jay, Tadhg and Arnaldo, and they became her sons. Over the years, Sheila’s grandchildren were her greatest joy and source of happiness: Sam, Maisy, Eilidh, Sofia, Daniel, Sean-Og, Harriet and Giacomo.

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Sheila worked in a variety of roles including Pierce’s, Wexford Creamery and RTÉ. However, her role as teacher in pre-schools throughout Wexford is where Sheila really excelled. She was always full of unconditional love and support for the children under her care.

Sheila loved life and always thought ahead, she was always the one to organise family get-togethers and surprises for special occasions. She loved travelling to see family and friends and did so to many corners of the world. In latter years when she was unable to travel she got great satisfaction in organising packages to be sent to all her family and her eight grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

Sheila had many skills and hobbies. Her photography was fabled and she had an eye for beauty in the ordinary. She was known for driving off to the back of beyond if the fog rolled in, or for a spectacular sunrise or sunset. She also loved music, plays, musical theatre and film – her love of Irish musicians often had her driving far distances to sit at the back of live music gigs, enjoying every moment of the music and performance.

One of her favourites, Pierce Turner, was played at her funeral. She loved quirky, off-beat movies and had quite a discerning taste for up-and-coming artists, and would laud them before the mainstream had caught on. She was an avid knitter and an extremely talented one. So too when it came to sewing. She made clothes when her girls were young right up to grad dresses and wedding veils for them.

Above all, Sheila was kind. She was the kindest person there ever was and there are thousands of examples of her gestures of kindness to so many people. She was a caring and loyal friend and treasured the friendships she had. She was involved in so many charities over the year. She took joy from the smallest things in life, she noticed everything and everyone. Sheila had such an interest in people and people gravitated to her because of how authentic she was.

Sheila’s’ family would like to thank all the people who took care of mam over the years, so many people have played a part – her GP Kez, Padraig Murphy and the team in his pharmacy (for their endless advice and kindness), Care Docs, Wexford General and St. Vincent’s hospital staff and towards the end the palliative care nurses who helped ease Sheila’s last days. The HSE staff at Grogans’ Road Community Clinic supported Sheila throughout her illness.

A special thanks goes to her Bluebird carers throughout her illness, especially Bridie and Jade. The care they gave her and the fun she had with them brightened her day. She had a friendship with all who helped her, that was so special.

For Sheila’s funeral, Fr Michael O’Shea, Fr Brian Broadens, Fr Billy Swan gave her a beautiful ceremony. Sean and Carol Kearney were instrumental in arranging her funeral and supporting her family in the process. Therese Harnett sang beautifully at Sheila’s funeral. Sheila’s family would like to thank all who attended the wake and funeral, sent cards and condolences and those who travelled to commiserate with her family. The staff at Crosstown cemetery also receive the family’s thanks.

Sheila will never be gone, she will live on through all of the people that she touched throughout her life.

For all that you did and for who you were to so many people - Go raibh mile Sheila.