Gortnaheltia, Glenhest, Newport
Teresa Forrestal (nee Hynes) passed away peacefully on July 2 at St Brendan’s Nursing home, Mulranny.
Teresa was born on June 7, 1931, to Anna and Thomas Hynes, Carnaclay, Westport, the eldest of five. After attending school in Westport, Teresa went to work in the shoe factory. She later met and married John Forrestal and went on to have a family of eight, three daughters and five sons and she had seventeen grandchildren.
Visitors from home and abroad were welcomed at any time and were always lined up for the compulsory photos outside the house, ones that her family now cherish so much. She loved her house and spending time in her garden and whenever she went shopping she would say ‘I just picked up a few bits’ … this trait has been passed down to all her family.
She enjoyed her many day trips out with the local ladies club. There was always music on in the house, she would clear the kitchen, pair everyone up and make them all waltz around to her records, whether they liked it or not. Teresa enjoyed going out to Bingo for many years and made some great friends. Later when she was unable to go out she would listen intently to Mid-West radio for the daily bingo numbers. She was a gifted knitter and enjoyed many hours knitting.
Her faith was a huge part of her life, the rosary and prayers to her favorite saints and receiving the book ‘The Messenger’ monthly. She looked forward to her monthly visits from Fr John Reilly when unable to attend mass. The highlight of her faith was the Pope’s visit to knock in 1979 … wouldn’t she have loved to have been able to see another Pope 39 years later.
Her family was the centre of her life and she was happiest surrounded by as many of them as possible. She was devoted to her husband John who was her greatest companion and friend and missed him terribly when he passed away in 2009. Prior to John’s passing Teresa’s own health had begun to deteriorate, but thanks to her dedicated carers along with the home help care team, Teresa was able to remain in the comfort of her own home for as long as it was possible.
In 2015, Teresa moved to St Brendan’s in Mulranny as it was no longer possible to give her the specialised care she required at home. Instantly this became home away from home, where she received world class care from Dr Jerry Cowley and his medical team, the fabulous carers and staff who became her friends and her family’s friends. She could not have hoped for better. Teresa especially loved getting her hair done and having her nails painted. Teresa’s family and friends were always made to feel welcome when they visited. On the evening of Teresa’s removal from St Brendan’s to her home, it was such a lovely tribute when the staff lined outside to bid her a final farewell.
Teresa was predeceased by her husband John, her sister Kathleen and her infant brother Tommie Joe. She is survived by her daughters Patricia Moran, Pauline Dunne, Maura Chambers; sons Martin, Seán, Gerard, Tommy and Ronald, daughter-in-laws, son-in-laws, grandchildren, nieces, grandnephew, sister Annie May Kerrigan and brother John Hynes.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.