4, The Cedars, Breaffy Road, Castlebar and late of Newport
Angela Irwin (nee Nevin) who passed away on February 10th 2019, was 61 years old when she died, and although she died too young, she truly lived. She showed great courage and resilience in the face of suffering and ill health.
Her son Liam and her brother Colm Nevin delivered a moving eulogy, remembering the wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, nurse and friend Angela was to her family and her community.
Angela was born in Glengad on the 30th of April 1957. She was the oldest of a family of ten, to Michael and Teresa Nevin, whose memories she cherished dearly. She grew up in the family home on Main Street, Newport. Angela went to primary school in the convent in Newport and completed her secondary education as a boarder in Mount St Michael Claremorris.
In 1981 Angela started her nurse training at St Bernard’s Hospital, London and qualified as a mental health nurse. She cared deeply for those she looked after. She was responsible for mentoring and teaching students and ingrained the importance of making sure that the voice of the patient was always heard. Angela was one of the youngest Ward Managers of her generation in London and continued her career as a manager until her retirement in 2015.
In 1986 Angela met Pádraig Irwin at the National Ballroom on a night out in London. Her son Liam described his Dad - Pádraig as the love of her life and they married in 1989. They would have celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary this month. They settled in Greenford and were blessed with their two children Kiara and Liam.
In 1995 Angela and Pádraig made the decision to move back home to Mayo. It was a difficult decision at the time but not one they ever regretted. They set up home in Breaffy “No. 4 The Cedars”and continued their life together.
Angela was involved in many aspects of community life especially Breaffy GAA and spent some years as the secretary of Bórd na nÓg at the club. She was a great supporter of Mayo GAA and always believed that their day will come. She was a committed fundraiser and was involved with events raising funds for Western Care.
She loved her family passionately and was fiercely proud of Kiara and Liam. She loved telling about their comings and goings, watching Liam playing football and Kiara playing rugby. She enjoyed her days on the side-lines especially when she was a proud mammy watching Liam win two All Ireland medals. She was honoured to watch Kiara follow in her footsteps as a psychiatric nurse. She created many beautiful memories with them with days out to the beach, birthdays, Sunday’s visiting, lunches, holidays and much more.
Liam recounted the wonderful words spoken about his mother during the course of her illness and the days of the funeral. Many people talked about her kindness, sense of humour, generosity of spirit, a real lady with a big heart,a great mentor and friend and full of humility. She never lost the ability to enquire how everyone was, always thanking those who cared for her.
Her brother Colm mentioned the privilege it was for him and all Angela’s brothers and sisters and extended family to assist Pádraig, Kiara and Liam in caring for Angela and spend time with her, especially the last 5 months that were spent in hospital. He also thanked her many colleagues and friends who supported Angela throughout her illness.
It is surely a testament to Angela that she has been so loved and supported by such legions of family and friends. She had that real natural ability to see the human being and treat everyone with compassion and respect. This was reflected by the crowds who attended her funeral called to the house and supported her family throughout.