GREATLY MISSED The late Nora Heraty.
AMONG the heartfelt tributes to the wonderful legacy of the late Nora Heraty, who died suddenly last week, is one by Sheelyn Browne. Nora (nee Munnelly) Heraty, of Sandyhill, Westport, and formerly of Tubber Hill, had worked alongside the Browne family and was central to their many innovative initiatives at their historic home, Westport House, over a 50-year period.
Speaking to The Mayo News yesterday, Sheelyn Browne said: “On behalf of our family, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank Nora for giving so much of herself – almost her entire lifetime – to our family. We feel privileged and honoured that one of the paths she chose during her lifetime was by our side.”
By all accounts, she was always there at the late Jeremy Browne’s side – or at least, nearby – when he wrestled with llamas or brought Pinky the Rabbit on the train to an RTÉ show. She played a key role in the estate’s promotion of the horse-drawn caravans, a regular sight on the highways and byways of Mayo a quarter of a century ago, as well as the development of the caravan and camping park.
Moreover, her ambassadorship for her home town went beyond the walls of Westport House with her involvement with such local organisations as St Patrick’s Drama Group and St Mary’s Church Choir.
Nora Heraty’s long involvement with Westport United, and the former Westport United Youths, led to a moving tribute also in which her efficiency and diligence as its secretary was highlighted.
“Nora’s involvement with Westport United Youths coincided when her eldest son, John was playing for the club and she was a member who brought her renowned organisational skills to the table which made her a valuable and trusted committee member,” the tribute stated.
Nora is survived by her loving husband Tommie, sons John and Peter, daughter Tomasina, mother Honor and sister Maureen (Walsh), as well as her beloved extended family.
Her Funeral Mass was held at St Mary’s Church, Westport, on Saturday afternoon last, and was followed by burial in Aughagower Cemetery.
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