King’s Hill, Westport
News of the death of Mrs Julia Redmond, King’s Hill, Westport, which occurred at the McBride Nursing Home on June 1, was learned with sincere regret, for Julia was a well known and popular lady in the Westport area. The only daughter of the late Paddy (Butch) and Bridie Lambert she grew up in the Quay area of Westport and attended St Colmcille's national school. On finishing school she joined the staff of the Westport Shoe Factory on Altamount Street.
It was during this time that she met the love of her life and future husband Aiden Redmond from Castlebar. They decided to emigrate to London where they married in Fulham in December, 1960. They later moved to Liverpool where Aiden worked for a major printing company.
In 1962 they returned to Ireland and came to reside in Westport living for many years in St. Mary's Crescent before moving to King’s Hill. Shortly afterwards Julia, who was a very progressive woman, started up a B & B business and with the support of her husband Aiden they built up a thriving business, many of the guests returning year after year to enjoy the hospitality of ‘Harmony Heights’, King’s Hill.
Julia loved to socialise with people, whether it be in Hoban’s Bar, James Street or at bingo or meeting her many friends during shopping or just entertaining visitors to her home. She had a great love for flowers and animals, but it was her love for her husband and family which came first and foremost at all times and nothing brought her more joy than the visits of her grandchildren.
Aiden's unexpected death in 2015 came as a great blow to her but even though her own health was deteriorating she continued, inspired with her great faith, to live life as best she could.
Julia's remains reposed at the family home and later at Navins Funeral Home before removal to St Mary's Church Westport for her Requiem Mass which was concelebrated by Fr Charlie McDonnell, Adm and Canon Jim Walsh, Kilmeena. Mementos of Julia’s life were brought to the altar by her grandchildren while the readings were by her son Aiden and brother-in-law Joe (Ecy) Redmond. The Prayers of the Faithful were by her grandchildren and other family members while the Gifts of Bread and Wine were brought to the altar by her son Brendan and daughter-in-law Patricia. The lovely music and singing of the Kilmeena Folk Group added immensely to the Mass while the singing of Jealous of the Angels by Julia's daughter Michelle was most moving.
Speaking at the conclusion of the Mass Julia's son Enda spoke of the great love between his Mam and Dad and said they were now reunited for eternity in God's kingdom.
Enda sang When You Were Sweet Sixteen, a poignant reminder of when Julia and Aiden first met at the Green at the Quay as she was laid to rest beside her husband in Aughvale cemetery. May she rest in peace.
Julia, who was also predeceased by her brother Kevin, is survived by her sons Aiden (Westport), Brendan (Thailand), Enda (Ardvarney, Castlebar), daughter Michelle Gibbons, Kilmeena, daughter-in-law Patricia Redmond, son-in-law Des Gibbons, grandchildren Brendan, Kevin, Marie, Gerard, Sharon, Rachel and Louise and great grandson Alex, cousins, in-laws and a large circle of friends to whom we extend our deepest sympathy.
May she rest in peace.