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East Coast Samaritans founder memorialised with picturesque bench in Arklow

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The late Stephanie Moynagh’s family, friends and colleagues gather to enjoy a new bench in Arklow created to honour her by fellow volunteer and friend Gerry O’Keefe.

The late Stephanie Moynagh’s family, friends and colleagues gather to enjoy a new bench in Arklow created to honour her by fellow volunteer and friend Gerry O’Keefe.

Brona’s twins, Stephanie’s grandchildren.

Brona’s twins, Stephanie’s grandchildren.

The late Stephanie Moynagh from Gorey.

The late Stephanie Moynagh from Gorey.

Stephanie’s daughters Sabana and Brona.

Stephanie’s daughters Sabana and Brona.

Gerry O’Keeffe, on the bench he carved.

Gerry O’Keeffe, on the bench he carved.

Anna Marie Martin and Damien Byrne, East Coast Samaritans Director.

Anna Marie Martin and Damien Byrne, East Coast Samaritans Director.

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The late Stephanie Moynagh’s family, friends and colleagues gather to enjoy a new bench in Arklow created to honour her by fellow volunteer and friend Gerry O’Keefe.

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The life of Stephanie Moynagh, one of the founding members of East Coast Samaritans, was honoured last Saturday as a new bench placed in her memory was unveiled in Arklow.

Stephanie, who hails from Gorey, passed away on June 21 last year after a long illness. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many, not least those she helped through founding East Coast Samaritans in 2014.

Paying tribute to her, fellow volunteer Mary Tracey said: “There are certain individuals in this world that we learn not only to like and to love, but to depend upon. They become a very definite factor in our lives.

"We look to them for leadership, we trust their judgement and we rely upon their strength of character. We have all known individuals like that, and when we lose one of them, it is a critical moment in life. Stephanie Moynagh was that kind of a person.”

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She added: “Stephanie’s life was a life of dedication to her family and friends; she enriched the lives of so many. Through her work with Samaritans, Stephanie gave comfort and care to so many. Stephanie was one of the most caring and kind individuals that walked through the doors of Samaritans.

"Her generosity and gentle spirit is a legacy that all of us at East Coast Samaritans will strive to keep alive in the years to come. It is hoped that this bench will be a fitting tribute to the memory of a truly amazing lady.”

She went on to thank another volunteer and friend, Gerry O’Keefe, who used his  time and expertise to create the bench, that now overlooks the river in Arklow. The project was also supported by Arklow Tidy Towns and Arklow Town Council, and the event to remember Stephanie was organised by East Coast Samaritans Director Damien Byrne.

Refreshments for all who attended were provided by the Royal Hotel Arklow.


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