Killure, Ballinasloe, and Mace, Aughagower, Westport
A shadow was cast on the community of Aughagower over the recent passing of Breda Regan, née Heraty, following a short illness bravely borne. Breda, a native of Mace, Aughagower married, John Regan of Killure, Ballinasloe in 1993 and lived there until her death on February 9.
Breda graduated from University College Galway and during her long career in the teaching profession taught Irish and French in Kilbeggan, Garbally College, Ballinasloe and Ballygar. Breda made many friends and people were drawn to her easygoing welcoming manner, her sense of fun, her caring nature and above all her loyalty. This was reflected in the huge turnout of mourners at her funeral - the little church of St Teresa’s, Killure, failing to contain all of those who wished to pay their respects, with the congregation in their droves spilling out into the adjoining cemetery.
While living in Killure, Breda quickly became an integral part of the community. Both she and John were very supportive and proactive in all parochial events, great neighbours and were very much at the heart of the parish.
Breda never forgot her beloved Mayo. She loved her native place and was always a regular visitor to Mace and its hinterland, keeping in touch with family and friends, her two brothers Gus and Michael, and their families still living there. She attended many functions in Mayo, and especially many related to the GAA, as she was a consummate Mayo supporter. In the last year of her life, and despite her illness, one of her most enjoyable days was spent attending the football final between Mayo and Dublin at Croke Park. Each occasion was used to reconnect with family and friends who were always fundamental to her life. She would have approved of the red and green of the Mayo flag and jersey being central to her funeral Mass.
Breda was loved by many and always had a smile and a kind word. She was devoted to her family, her husband John, and son Paul, of whom she was immensely proud. Her life was industrious and well lived. Unfortunately, she was taken from us all too soon and her great loss is felt both far and wide. One can only think that heaven is a richer place with her inclusion.
Breda is survived by her husband, John and son Paul; brothers Gus, Knockrooskey; Michael, Mace; sisters, Mary Jo Hanlon, Letterkenny and Bernie Healy, Loughrea; sisters-in-law Norah and Sarah, brother-in-law Gerry, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Breda was predeceased by her brother-in-law Peter Hanlon
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.