People throughout Enniscorthy were saddened recently to learn of the passing of Julia Dobbyn, 4 Fairview Terrace.
Originally from Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Julia was in her 101st year and was a resident of Castle Gardens Nursing home when she passed away.
However, she only moved into the nursing home in April, within one month of her 100th birthday, and had retained an independent life in her own home up to that point.
She had very close links with the Browne family in Enniscorthy who run a very successful undertaking business.
Sarah Browne told this newspaper that Julia was very much 'a member of the family' and that she will be very much missed.
She was born in 1919 and had two brothers. Unfortunately, when she was five years old her father passed away and just two years later her mother also died and Julia was then raised by her grandmother and aunts.
A gentle soul she had a very wide circle of friends and her profession as a nurse and midwife meant she was known by a very large number of people throughout the Enniscorthy town and district areas.
Julia was lucky in that her mind was perfect right up until her passing and she had a healthy interest in everything that was going on around her.
She loved life and lived it to its fullest.
Julia was articulate, intelligent and had a passionate interest in soccer.
Julia was also very interested in crosswords.
Very much part of the Browne family in Enniscorthy she loved family gatherings and in general liked interacting with other people.
'She was interested in people young and old,' said Sarah.
At Christmas time her favourite desert was pavlova and during the festive season she loved visiting the different cribs located around the town and district.
She also visited the Cathedral on Fridays for the Rosary and continued doing that up to three years ago.
Very down-to-earth and gentle by nature Julia possessed a lovely, homely personality that endeared her to everyone she came into contact with. She was also very understanding of people.
'She never spoke badly of anyone,' said Sarah.
'She was a gentle, loving, and a genuinely lovely person in every way'
Julia never married and was pre-deceased by her two brothers, Michael and Luke.
She was educated in Thomastown and when she completed her schooling she went to London where she trained in nursing and midwifery.
She went there before the war and returned to Ireland in 1946.
When she returned home she worked for a time with Powers of Edermine and then with Dr Cuddigan in the nursing home that he took over from the St John of God order in Enniscorthty.
The building is now home to the Hope Cancer Support centre.
She remained there for many years and was matron of the facility at the time of her retirement.
Julia passed away peacefully in the loving care of Castle Gardens Nursing Home and her months mind mass was celebrated in St Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy last weekend.
Her funeral mass took place in the Cathedral on Saturday, August 3, with burial afterwards in St Mary's cemetery.
Julia is sadly missed by her loving nephews Michael and Jimmy, niece Phyllis, grandnephews, grandnieces, the Browne family, relatives and friends.