On February 19, 2019, Rosemarie Tiernan passed away peacefully in the Corrib Ward, University Hospital Galway. Rosemarie was born in Gloucester on the of July 4, 1955 to Sam and Bridget Ferson. She lived there happily until the family moved to Westport when she was a teenager. Aged 21 she married Padraic and moved to Doughmakone in Louisburgh. They had five children; Clare, Gerard, Emma, Seán and Maureen. She worked hard on the farm and at home. Once the family was reared, she began work in Delphi Adventure Centre. She enjoyed that work and made many friends there. She then began work in the Old Convent preparing food for Meals on Wheels. She often delivered the meals around the local area and enjoyed meeting everyone and having a chat. She was also the secretary of the Senior Resource Committee. Rosemarie often accompanied the senior citizens on their social outings and enjoyed the fun and laughter on these trips. She made many good friends in the convent and had many good laughs there and always spoke of everyone very fondly.
Rosemarie’s family was very important to her. She loved to see her grandchildren coming to visit at home and in the hospital. She often crocheted hats, scarves and clothing for them, she taught them to knit. In her final days she got to meet her 8th grandchild who was two weeks old, she enjoyed this visit immensely and it was a very special time. Her grandchildren took part in her Mass; carrying the symbols representing her life; her prayer book, a crochet dress, a cook book and a poignant photograph with her youngest granddaughter Amber.
Rosemarie became ill on March 30, 2018. She spent many weeks in hospital in Castlebar and Galway and attended many outpatients appointments. She never complained and was always very hopeful about her treatment. She always had a very positive outlook and faced her illness with great courage and bravery. Her faith was very important to her and gave her great comfort. After Christmas, her health deteriorated and she spent her final days in the Corrib Ward. She was positive to the end and slipped away very peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 19 at 12 noon. She will be very sadly missed by her loving husband Padraic, children; Clare (Newport), Gerard (Belcarra), Emma (Westport), Seán (Stratford-upon-Avon) and Maureen (Louisburgh), son- in- law; Seán Collins, partners, grandchildren: Niamh, Eoghan, Katelyn, Aaron, Ryan, Róisín, Ella and Amber, brother; David, sisters; Bernadette and Donna, Mother- in- Law; Nora Tiernan, brothers- in- law, sisters- in- law, uncles, aunts, cousins, many friends and neighbours. May her gentle and kind soul rest in peace.