CATHERINE Byrne spent her life helping and supporting others and the affection in which she was held was reflected in the huge crowd in attendance at her funeral mass in the church of the Immaculate Conception Rowe Street, Wexford.
Late of The Boarding Kennels, Rochestown, Wellingtonbridge, and Walnut Grove, Wexford, Catherine is survived by her beloved husband Myles; children, Tommy, Jason, Denise, Nigel, Gavin and Barry; ten grandchildren; brother Willie; sister Maura; daughters-in-law; son-in-law; best friend Geraldine Kehoe; extended family and friends.
From Crossabeg, Catherine was the youngest of three. She attended Crossabeg NS and Wexford Vocational College.
She married Myles and the happy couple had six children. She settled in Walnut Grove and worked as a housekeeper at Wexford General Hospital and at Celtic Linen where she met her best friend Geraldine.
After many years in Wexford, Catherine and Myles moved to Wellingtonbridge, taking over The Boarding Kennels in the village. As Catherine always loved animals, she felt very at home helping Myles run the kennels. She did a grooming course in Dublin and loved helping out.
Geraldine said Catherine was a woman who always kept an open door.
'She was a fantastic mother and friend. She was an agony aunt to loads of boys and girls in Wexford. They would come to her and she always listened to them and offered good advice. She got on great with people of all ages.'
Geraldine loved tending to the garden at her Rochestown home and enjoyed countless visits from her grandchildren and children, whom she adored.
A home bird by nature, she enjoyed a yearly holiday, but was happiest at home.
'She was a very bubbly, outgoing woman. She had an open door for everyone. She helped everyone as much as she could.'
Catherine passed away at Wexford General Hospital on January 21 after a brief illness.
A large crowd attended her funeral mass at Rowe Street Church during which her eldest son Tommy paid a moving tribute to her. This was followed by cremation in Mount Jerome crematorium, Harolds Cross, Dublin.
May she rest in peace.