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Nora Reilly (née Mullen)


Mountdaisy, Castlebar


A veil of sadness loomed over Mountdaisy and surrounding areas following the death of Nora Reilly on February 14, 2019 aged 66 years, surrounded by her loving family. Nora passed away peacefully at her home after a long illness. Nora was the daughter of the late William and Mary Mullen, Sheroe, Westport.  She was one of ten children and was educated in Derrygorman N.S. and the Vocational School, Westport.  Nora worked in Westport Clothing after finishing school.  She moved to Mountdaisy in 1976 following her marriage to Michael Reilly and they were blessed with 3 sons.  She dedicated her life to her family, worked on the family farm along with working outside the home in Portwest.  A day never went by without having a lovely family meal on the table by 6pm. She thoroughly enjoyed the social side of working outside the family home. She made many close friends while working there.  Nora loved playing cards and she along with neighbours and friends met weekly during the winter months in each of their houses for a game. The game in her home ended with freshly made tea and scones and the odd glass of “ Hennessy”. Nora had a large circle of friends who had regular gatherings in each others houses for the fun and craic. Nora was a wonderful Grandmother and made every grandchild feel special and unique and always had a treat for them in the sweet press.  Nora loved spending time with her siblings in the Mullen family, she had a unique connection with each member of her family and she had some great nights of fun and laughter with them. Nora also had a great love for the TV soaps and the “do not disturb sign” was up during these times.  Nora received devastating news in 2011 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, 2017 with bone cancer and in 2018 with liver cancer.  Nora took on the fight one day at a time with such positivity, courage and without complaint for seven years. She was a woman of great faith and she made regular visits to Knock, her devotion on Monday mornings for her holy hour in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar and never missed mass.  She did not want to be a burden on anyone and continued life as normal as possible until recently. The esteem in which she was held was evident in the large numbers of people who turned out to pay their respects during her funeral.  The ceremony was officiated by Fr Conal Eustace and assisted by Fr Charlie McDonnell. The readings were given by her daughters-in-law Marie and Anita, symbols were carried to the alter by her sons Gary and Stephen, her grandchildren and her niece-in-​law Mary Ann and was narrated by Dorinda Mullen. The gifts were carried to the altar by her nieces Edel Mullen and Orla Quinn.  Prayers of the faithful were read by nieces and nephews. A special composed poem was read by her sister Ann who spoke of growing up with Nora in their family, her love for fun and all the wonderful ways Nora helped them through the years. Delivering a post communion eulogy, her son John expressed thanks to all the people who helped Nora during her illness and who got Nora through her toughest of times. He had special praise for the Mullen and Reilly families for their support during Nora’s illness.   He thanked her many lifelong and amazing friends for all their support during her illness. Nora is predeceased by Mary and William Mullen, and her sisters Maureen Murphy and Eileen Maloney. She is survived by her loving husband Michael, sons John, Gary and Stephen; daughters–in–law Marie and Anita, grandchildren Saoirse, Cormac, Lorcan, Roísín and Seán, her sisters Margaret, Ann and Bridie, brothers Peter, Billy, Jimmy and Paul and extended family and friends. May Nora Rest in Peace.

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