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Maeve O’Grady


Kilbree, Westport, Co Mayo but more recently lived in Stoneybatter, Dublin

The family of the late Maeve O’Grady wishes to thank most sincerely those who sympathised with us on our recent tragic loss.
On June 16th 2019, the unthinkable happened to our family when we lost our lovely daughter, sister, and friend, Maeve. She was educated at Cogaula N.S. from 1989-1997, the Sacred Heart School from 1997-2003, Institute of Technology, Sligo from 2004-2008 (Design in Interior Architecture) and Dublin Institute of Technology 2012-2016 (B.A. in Visual Communications). Maeve’s choice in courses reflected her creative nature. 
At DIT, Maeve was Awarded Best First Year Visual Communications Student 2013 and Winner of the Imram student competition—billboard design for the Imram Poetry Festival 2014. Maeve was passionate about graphics, typography and lettering artistry. Maeve held numerous places of employment throughout her life which included; Hotel Westport from 1998-2006, Corrib Oil, Castlebar Road, Michael Sheridan Engineering & Design 2007-2008, T..F Royal Hotel & Theatre 2009-2011, Camara Education 2016-2017, and The Harbourmaster Bar & Restaurant, IFSC, Dublin 2013-2019. Maeve’s many friends from school, college and work have been a source of great support to us and we would like to thank them for their kind messages with their beautiful memories of Maeve and all the photographs and videos that they collected and shared with us. In recent years, many of Maeve’s colleagues at the Harbourmaster Bar & Restaurant were notable cherished friends. We would like to thank the Harbourmaster team for coming to the funeral in such numbers and for sharing their stories and pictures of Maeve. Thank you to all of those friends and relatives who came to Maeve’s funeral, many having travelled long distances at short notice. We are so grateful for the support that you gave us. Thank you to Niamh O’Connor (@niamhocmusic) for the beautiful church music. Niamh’s renditions of ‘See you again’ and ‘Songbird’ were very special and thank you for doing such a wonderful job. A big thank you to Fr Chris Brennan for all his help over those difficult days, to him and Fr Michéal MacGréil who came to celebrate Maeve’s life at her Mass. Thank you to the gravediggers, Paddy Staunton, and his family. To those who provided refreshments in St Aidan’s Room, Islandeady on the evening of the removal. To Adrian McGing and Peter Mulchrone, you did an exceptional job looking after Maeve, on her last journey home from Dublin to Kilbree and in the days that followed. We are grateful for how wonderfully you looked after both the O’Grady Family and Maeve. To all our Neighbours and in particular the Needham Family who were so good to us. For all the beautiful flowers and food and refreshments that people dropped off. To everyone who helped in any way. Thank you.
Maeve is mourned by her parents; Martin and Elsie O’Grady, Brother Colm, Sisters Erin, Shelly (and her Partner Cathal), Grace (and her Partner John) and her niece Fern, her Aunts, Uncles, cousins, and friends.
Maeve is predeceased by her grandparents; Belinda and Petie O’Grady and Pakie and Annie Coonan, Aunts; Bridie Feehan, Josephine Leonard, and Uncle Tom Coonan.
Maeve was a beautiful, fun, creative, intelligent and loving person who couldn’t see in herself the brilliance that was in such sharp focus in the eyes of those around her.
Our memories of Maeve are overwhelmingly happy and we count ourselves lucky to have had her in our lives. Whilst we, her heartbroken family will now grapple with what-if’s for the rest of our lives having lost our wonderful daughter and sister in such a cruel way, we can’t help but feel that if mental health issues were de-stigmatised further by our society, maybe Maeve would have sought help and her story could have ended differently. Whilst we now focus on Maeve’s life and the wonderful times that we shared with her, we would like to say to those that are struggling that ‘it’s Ok to not be Ok’ and that you are loved by your families and friends. Whilst no-one can really know what you are going through, the loss that death by suicide leaves behind is hollowing for all of those who love you, so try and stay a while longer so that you and your loved ones can outlive the demons and get to that day in the future when those demons will be gone.
Maeve will be missed by her family, relatives, and friends forever. May her gentle soul rest in peace.