MONICA Murphy (née Prendergast), Shanvaghera, Knock, who died recently, was very much at the heart of community life in Knock over the last few decades. She had been coping with an illness for some time.
Monica was blessed with a great sense of humour and was a firm favourite in the local community. She was immensely proud of her home parish of Knock and had a lovely natural rapport with the people of the region.
Many warm and genuine tributes have been paid to Monica in the aftermath of her passing. The one delivered by her son Brian at the end of the funeral Mass in Knock Church captured the essential qualities and nature of Monica and the place she commanded in the hearts of her family and the community.
“Mother’s three most important things in her life and in no particular order were: faith, music and family. This church was her spiritual home and her pride of place in this church was up in the gallery with the choir with whom she sang for 62 years.
“Her faith gave her the strength to face her illness with great courage and gave her great comfort particularly towards the end.
“She had a passion for music and singing, she never had to be asked twice to sing in any church as this is where she was most comfortable. Even as recently as August 21 last year, she showed immense strength by singing solo in the Basilica, something which gave her great pride. She made lifelong friends in Knock parish choir. She also joined choirs in Ballyhaunis, Ceantóirí and Gracenotes, and made great friendships.
“Her main love was her family, especially her grandchildren. Nothing gave her more pleasure than to have them around the house in ‘nana’s kitchen’. She loved to have us all around the house.
“The home that Mam and Dad created together became the hub for the Prendergast and Murphy families down through the years.
“We will forever be indebted to Dad for the care and love he devoted to her. He became a pharmacist, carer and doctor overnight and took on the roles with great ease. They were lifelong friends and their relationship strengthened throughout the illness. Ní bheidh a leithéid an arís.”
Monica is deeply regretted by her husband Pauric and their family, David, Brian, Maura and Áine, her sister Maureen (McGee), brothers Paddy and Vincent, grandchildren Ronan, Grace, Conor, Rory, Liam and Rían, son-in-law and daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends.