20 Church View, Ballinrobe
Shock and widespread sadness greeted the news of the sudden and untimely passing of Anne Horan at her home in Church View, Ballinrobe on December 1. Known for her warm smile and friendly personality, Anne endeared herself to all she met and will be sadly missed.
Born Anne McDonnell on May 28, 1953, she was the second youngest of eight children born to James and Julia McDonnell. She spent her early childhood in The Cottages on Ballinrobe’s New Street, before the family moved to the village of Knockroe in 1956.
Anne attended the Convent of Mercy Ballinrobe, where her flowing hair, striking looks and carefree smile brought her to the attention of many as she happily cycled to and from school. On leaving school, she started work in Walkin’s Shop on Main Street, Ballinrobe, and spent her weekends enjoying dances in Kilmaine or Shrule with her sisters Mary and Rita.
At the age of 20 she met Seán Horan of Togher, Hollymount. The courtship began in Seapoint in Galway and over a year later they were married, on April 3, 1975.
The couple spent the first five years of married life in the McDonnell family home in Knockroe, where their two children Michael and Denise were born. In 1980 they moved to Robeen, Hollymount, before returning to Ballinrobe in 1987 and settling in Church View.
In the 31 years that followed, Anne worked in many different places in the town, including Flannery’s Bar and Restaurant, Costello and McDermott and, for the last ten years, Tesco. “Annie”, as she was known to many of her colleagues in Tesco, was one of the older members of staff, but her youthful outlook and sense of fun meant she blended easily with her younger colleagues.
Anne was a loving and devoted mother and, though never boastful, was immensely proud of both her children. While she delighted in their successes, more important to her always was their happiness and she always encouraged them to follow the path that brought them greatest fulfilment.
She was also loyal and devoted to her husband Seán for the 37 years of their marriage, and looked after him with the utmost love and care during the final frail months of his life.
An outgoing and joyful person, Anne loved company and never had to be asked twice to go on an outing. In recent years she had travelled abroad quite often, visiting Denise in Aberdeen, The Hague and Amsterdam, and holidaying in Spain, Portugal, Italy and the US. Her happiest holiday of all was in Malaga last June with Denise, Michael, Pauline, her two beloved grandsons, David and Tom, and a group of extended family and friends. It had everything she loved: family, friends, sunshine, food and fun.
Music and dancing provided another favourite social outlet. She and her partner Patsy were weekly visitors to the Sunday social dancing sessions in the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, where they had built up a wide circle of friends.
Anne enjoyed the simple things in life and enjoyed them to the full with people she loved. She always looked well, always had a smile and always had time for people. They were her hallmarks.
Anne will forever be remembered and deeply missed by her son Michael and daughter Denise, daughter-in-law Pauline, grandsons David and Tom, partner Patsy Fahy, brother Jimmy (Knockroe, Ballinrobe), sisters Mary Lee (Caherlistrane, Tuam), Eileen Hession (The Farm, Ballinrobe), Patricia Roberts (Ballymartin, Ballinrobe), mother-in-law Annie Horan, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.
Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílís.