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Eileen O'Brien always wore a smile and had a word for everyone she met


The late Eileen O'Brien

The late Eileen O'Brien

The late Eileen O'Brien

Kennedy Park lost one of its much-loved residents on October 8 with the sad passing of Eileen O'Brien.

Eileen will be sadly missed by her husband Donal; her sons James, Dermot and Gerard; her grandchildren Chloe, Bobby, Jodie and Oisín; her great granddaughter Indie, her daughter-in-law Pauline and her brother and sisters.

Eileen was born on November 5 1939 to parents James and Breda Kirwan of Abbey Street, Wexford. She was the eldest of six children - Marie, Edward, Tony, Tom and Jeanette. She was educated in the Mercy School, John's Road. After a few small jobs, she went to work in Clover Meats.

Eileen was a very sociable person who loved life, people and music. She loved to meet people and chat with them. She especially loved St Patrick's Day, when she would watch the parade and then go to celebrate the day with her friends, joining in on any sing song that would be going on. She made friends easily and kept those friends for life. She is fondly remembered by many people for her bright colourful clothes, jewellery, nail varnish and her handbags.

She met her husband Donal in Pairc Lane, married him and celebrated 50 years of marriage in 2015. Donal was devoted to Eileen and became her main carer for the last ten years of her life.

She suffered a stroke in 2001 and while she never made a full recovery, still continued to be the fun-loving, honest, caring woman we all knew and loved. She then suffered further ill health, being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and COPD. Still, she loved to have visitors or visit her family and friends, especially her grandchildren as she took great interest in their lives, supporting them in their schooling, hobbies and social lives. She was very proud to be photographed with her two grandchildren Chloe and Bobby at their graduation balls with Bobby's being just a few days before her admittance to hospital. She loved singing with her granddaughter Jodie and hearing about her grandson Oisín's great sporting achievements. She also adored her great granddaughter Indie who is just eight months old.

Eileen loved them all very much and in return, was very much loved by them.

Before Eileen suffered her ill health, she was a carer to people and went way beyond her duty to them. Ironically, Eileen herself needed carers for the last ten years of her life so she had great respect for all those who cared for her. She loved to chat with them and looked forward to their visits.

Eileen's health deteriorated quickly and after six weeks in Wexford General Hospital, she passed away surrounded by her loving family.

She is loved and sadly missed by her husband Donal; her sons James, Dermot and Gerard, grandchildren Chloe, Bobby, Jodie, Oisín and great granddaughter Indie; daughter in law Pauline, her brother and sisters and her two remaining aunts, Mai Flynn and Eileen Sinnott.

May she rest in peace.

Wexford People