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Columba McNally


St Patrick’s Terrace, Westport

The death took place on Sunday, December 10, of Columba McNally, a very popular and much-loved member of the Westport community. She was daughter of the late Bea and Michael McNally, Westport.
Columba had many interests which included listening to music, dancing, watching her favourite programmes on television and reading. She loved meeting people for a chat about local issues and was always a popular addition to any company.
She is survived by her sister, Agnes (Westport) and brothers, Jim, Johnny, Dessie, Gerry and Ivor (Westport). She is predeceased by her sisters Marian, Mag, Annie, Maureen and Josephine; brother Michael, numerous nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
Large crowds attended removal of her remains from McGing’s Funeral Home to St Mary’s Church, Westport where Fr Charlie McDonnell, Adm, Westport officiated at the reception ceremony. Celebrants at the Requiem Mass on Wednesday were Fr Charlie McDonnell and Fr Anthony King. Burial took place in Aughavale Cemetery. The following eulogy was delivered at the funeral Mass by Lorna McNally, Columba’s niece:
“It is with great sadness that I stand before you all today to say goodbye to my aunt Columba. A native of 10 St Patrick’s Terrace, Westport she was daughter of the late Bea and Michael McNally. She was a lovely person inside and out. She was full of fun, was caring and thoughtful. She was woman of deep faith and always had a kind word to say about everyone. She worried about her family and never about herself. Even when I knew she was under the weather or not feeling so well and when I’d ask her if she was ok, she would use the traditional McNally’s words, ‘I’m fine’.
“We spent many a fun evening in Mum’s and Dad’s house. When she was getting her hair done with Triona, she would sit and have her dinner, maybe a glass of winer or a Baileys, and of course, a few cigarettes, before the colour developed, just in case she missed a chance to have a pull. She loved her telly, especially the TV soaps and if you called to her during those times you wouldn’t get a word out of her. She was very fond of all her neighbours and they were very good to her in the ‘Cottages’. She was extremely fond of all her family, her nieces and nephews and extended family. I have no doubt that Columba has gone straight to Heaven and now we can pray to our own saint.”
May her gentle soul rest in peace.