It was with great sadness, the sudden passing of Eileen O' Brien last April on Sunday 8th. As quietly and efficiently she lived her life with us all here, she chose to leave in the same manner.
Eileen was born on September 4, 1933 in Bangalore, India to parents Martin & Cis Murphy of Mayglass. Martin was a Sergeant in The Royal Corps of Engineers, stationed in Bangalore. After his untimely death at the age of 48, Cis returned to Ireland with her two small children, Eileen then 4 and Pat only 1.
Eileen was educated in Mayglass and Mulrankin National Schools after which she attended Wexford Vocational School. Her love of education, in particular the Irish language prevailed all her life, after having obtained three scholarships to attend Colaiste Garman during her formative years.
Having completed her education, Eileen secured a position in Eddie Slevin's electrical shop in Wexford town. She remained there for eight years and gained a keen interest in all things electrical. During these years, Eileen became acquainted and fell for her beloved Seamus O'Brien of Rathronan. After a lovely romance they married on August 25th, 1959 and lived happily down the lane.
Eileen and Seamus shared eight children namely, Julie, Loretta, Sean, Maeve, T.J, who sadly passed in infancy, Clodagh, Paraic and Sinead. Their love for their brood and each other was evident in how they lived every day, through their welcoming demeanour and the loving care they bestowed on both of their Mothers, Julia and Cis.
Eileen loved the outdoors, be it fruit picking, potting plants or tending her own garden. The joy of this work stayed with her all her life as evident in the tender care she placed in the graves of her family, friends and those that just needed a little attention.
Eileen and Seamus shared a great love and many happy times together but sadly Seamus passed away suddenly on the February 10, 1988. It was a very difficult time for her, Seamus' death left a deep void in her life but she persevered in time, always finding a way to make life good for all around her.
Eileen was a conscientious and ever willing contributor to all Parish events, most notably to her Church, St David's in Mulrankin. Sunday and weekly Mass; come rain or shine she walked the lane, keeping the best of company.
She was kind and generous to each Priest in attendance, always becoming a friend. As a member of Muintir Na Tire, she kept the books in order and enjoyed selling tickets for the Wheel of Fortune. She never missed Bingo and considered the Young at Heart Club a joy to attend every Monday.
Eileen loved to share dinner at Mary Barry's on Sunday and was known to chase Daniel O'Donnell around the country with her niece Mary, with a planned trip to see him perform in Killarney last August before her untimely passing.
She had a great love for the pilgrimage in our Lady's Island and the Novena at St Anne's in Tomhaggard, followed by pongo. She delighted in her annual visits to Knock and each trip to Loudres proved very special. Her pious devotion brought her great peace and comfort especially through the most difficult of times.
Eileen lost her brother Pat and only sibling on the August 29, 1999, which broke her heart. He and his wife Eileen's four children remained a constant in their Aunt's life, always bringing her joy.
The ICA summer trips were not to be missed and Eileen loved spending these few special days with her friends. Every Thursday she headed into town on Nash's bus and was always so appreciative of this service. Eileen's devotion to the Ballycogley Players was true with Tops of the County and The Light Opera Society also firm favourites.
Eileen's support of the schools did not end with her children growing up but only continued with her grandchildren. She proudly attended every concert, play or Mass and graduations from play school to college.
Seamus and Eileen provided a home that was beautiful and always open to all, a tradition that she continued until the day she had to leave us. The love was in the open back door, a smile and ease of an available chat, with the sweet smell of baking every Saturday. A beautiful soft spot was held for all the children in her life and she loved nothing more than a full house.
Eileen will forever be missed by her children & grand-children, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews, sister-in-law and cousins and her many dear and close friends. Eileen's Anniversary Mass will be held in Mulrankin Church this Sunday April 7 at 11 a.m. Ar dheis dé go raibh a h'anam.