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Nora Tiernan (née Prendergast)


Doughmakeon and formerly of Inishturk Island.

Nora was born on June 27, 1932, the youngest of three sisters born to Tim and Nora Prendergast. Her father died when she was only 6 months old. She went to school on the Island until she was 16.
Nora helped her mum and sisters working on the family farm with all kinds of chores, from saving hay and turf and helping with housework. She made regular trips to the mainland during the summers where she stayed with her cousins in Louisburgh town.
It was there she met and married Johny Tiernan on April 28, 1954. They went on to have seven children, five sons and two daughters. Not unlike her Island life, Nora was busy cooking, cleaning, baking, churning and also helping with farming chores, like making hay and saving oats. She had a great interest in animals and loved to see the calves and lambs being born in springtime. In later life she enjoyed card playing and shopping trips to Westport.
Nora had a very positive outlook on life and never allowed the troubles of the world to get her down, she really enjoyed relations and friends coming on holidays throughout the year and making them feel welcome. She had a big devotion to her family and loved to see them coming to visit especially with her grandchildren and later when great grandchildren came along.
In January 2019 she was confined to bed, but enjoyed friends and neighbours visiting with news of the village. Her health never got her down and she continued to be positive until 2 weeks before her death. She is predeceased by her husband Johny, daughter-in-law Rosemarie, sisters Mary Kate and Barbara.
Nora is survived and deeply missed by her daughters Mary Gallagher, Killybegs, Geraldine Moran, Westport, sons Michael, Carrownisky, Padraig, Doughmakeon, John, Castlebar, Tim, Ruan, Co Clare and James, Doughmakeon. Daughters-in-law Rosaire, Katie, Brid and Valerie. Sons-in-law Frank and Eamon. Step sisters Sr Annie Kate O’Toole and Breege McGuire, her nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family, friends and neighbours.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hAnam dilis.