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‘CARING AND LOVING PERSON’ The late Sorcha Daly.

Michael Commins

THE community around Roundfort and Hollymount was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Sorcha Daly (21), Coolaughbawn, Hollymount, last Wednesday. Sorcha, who was due to graduate in radiotherapy from Bangor University (Wales) in just a few months’ time, took ill at her home and died. 
Sorcha was home for the Christmas festivities and was so delighted to spend time with family and friends. Her caring nature was always to the fore, and she had a lovely ability to empathise with people of all generations.
Fr Mike Murphy, PP, who celebrated the Requiem Mass, told the overflowing congregation that the Daly family had lost a ‘wonderful daughter, sister, grandchild, niece, cousin and friend’. “We too have lost a lovely, beautiful young person from our parish,” he said.
Fr Murphy recalled how Sorcha enjoyed studying, people and being involved in community life. “At the very young age of four, Sorcha went off to school in Roundfort. In 2008, she went on to big school in Mount Saint Michael, Claremorris. She loved studying, loved the routine of it all.
“Here in our parish, Sorcha sang in the choir with her sister Ciara, and all her friends. She was also in Foróige and the sports club, played basketball in Garrymore and football in Hollymount with the ladies.
“During her Transition Year she worked in the pre-school with her neighbour, Claire Slattery [and] taught the children some of the Irish dancing that she had learned earlier.
“Sorcha was a quiet and shy person but she never let that stop her from doing things or being with people. She never wanted to be the centre of attention, but she liked being a quiet presence.”

‘Heart of gold’
Fr Murphy also described Sorcha as ‘a very caring and loving person with a heart of gold’. “She loved going visiting people. Often she’d go off with her dad visiting people that she wouldn’t know at all. She would love to sit there quietly and listen and take everything in. It didn’t matter that she knew them or not. She loved visiting her grandparents in Kilconly and Eyrecourt too.”
Fr Murphy told the gathering how pleased Sorcha had been to meet up with her many friends and former classmates a week earlier at the joint 21st birthday party of Danielle Delaney and Tracy Mahon.
“Sorcha decided that she wanted to go to Bangor University in Wales to study radiography, despite the fact that she knew nobody there and didn’t know very much about the place, and off she went in September 2014.
“She was very fortunate to meet two lovely Irish girls who became great friends, Jane and Aoife. The three Irish amigos have lived together over the years during their time in college and have got on so well together. Sorcha loved it over there. She also loved working in Aberystwyth, a beach town in Wales where she did her work experience.
“She was due to finish up in May and was already doing up her CVs to be ready to apply for jobs afterwards.”

‘Zest for life’
Father Mike told those gathered that he could ‘go on and on’ telling ‘lovely stories about a lovely girl who had a great zest for life’ and ‘who had everything planned out so well, and who experienced so much in such a short time’.
“But let us also remember that Sorcha’s spirit will always be with us,” he said, “that spirit of fun and happiness. That spirit of life, love and care.”
Reposing was at Roundfort Community Funeral Home on Saturday evening with removal on Sunday morning from her home to The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Roundfort for Requiem Mass. Interment took place in Roundfort Cemetery. The sense of loss and lonesomeness was palpable on both days, as the hearts of all went out to the Daly family in their time of such deep grief.
Sorcha will be greatly missed by her heartbroken family, parents Cathal and Teresa (nee Fleming); sister Ciara; brother Brian; grandmother Chris (Kilconly); aunts Anne, Brid, Noreen, Teresa, Geraldine, Bridie, Marie, and Eileen; uncles Michael and Tommy; cousins; extended family members and a large circle of friends at home and in Bangor University in Wales.
The family have requested that donations, in lieu of flowers, go to Epilepsy Ireland, c/o O’Malley Funeral Directors.


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