Joan Cullen passed away in Waterford Hospital aged 68 years on June 22, 2015. She lived in Belvedere Grove, Wexford, and will be missed by her nearest neighbours, Danny, Ann, Frank, Agnes and Tony, friends and family members.
Joan was born in Littlegraigue, Duncormick and lived with her parents Paddy and Mary, brothers Eamonn, John, Pat and her sisters Madge, Bridget and Eileen.
After attending Dunescastle Primary School in Carrig-on-Bannow, she went on to become an outstanding goalkeeper on the Bannow-Ballymitty camogie team in the Sixties. She was the youngest member among her brilliant teammates and she was also selected to play in goal for the Wexford and Leinster camogie teams.
Joan loved travelling and for most of her working life she worked in hotels in Killarney, Dublin, Jersey, Switzerland, South Africa and the Dorchester Hotel in London.
Joan had many interests and loved meeting and talking to friends over a cup of coffee. She loved swimming and walking, and she had a great interest in spiritual healing.
Joan left London in 1998 and returned to live in Wexford Town. She still retained her interest in travelling and visited many places in Ireland, Spain, Portugal, France, Holland, Lourdes and other interesting places during the years that followed.
The Cullen family would like to express their gratitude to everyone who sympathised with them on their sad loss. Thanks to everyone who attended her wake and all the voluntary helpers who brought food and helped in the kitchen and in the car park.
Thanks to all the members of the Bannow-Ballymitty GAA Club and especially to her former camogie teammates for their impressive guard of honour on her removal to Carrig-on-Bannow Church. Thanks to Fr Jim Kehoe, Fr Sean Cullen, Fr Michael Murphy, Fr Dennis Browne for her comforting Mass. Thanks also to Fr Jim Doyle from Mulrankin. Thank you also to the altar servers, musicians, singers, gravediggers and to John Ryan Undertakers for their professional service.
After burial in Ballymitty Cemetary, Michael Wallace and staff provided food and drinks at Tir Na Nog, Wellingtonbridge, for which the family is most grateful.
Thanks to everyone who sent Mass cards and to all the staff in Waterford Hospital.
Joan's Month Mind Mass will take place at 7pm on Saturday, July 25, in Carrig-on-Bannow Church.