Donnybrook, Dublin and formerly of Louisburgh, Co Mayo
Our mother Eileen was born on December 8, 1921, the youngest of six children to Alice and John Eddie O’Donnell of Cahir, Louisburgh, Co Mayo. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings Mary, Paddy, Kaye, Eamonn and Jimmy. Eileen attended the local national school, Sancta Maria, before going to St Louis Secondary School in Kiltimagh. Her eldest sister Mary, a University College Galway graduate taught in the school, so Eileen was able to live with her on Aiden Street, in a house owned by the Walsh family and the Walsh children, Mona and Pat became her lifelong friends, along with many school friends. Mary joined St Louis Order and took the name Sister Brigida, and was based in St Louis Convent in Monaghan, where she taught. She was the last sibling to pass away before Eileen.
Mother then completed a secretarial course in Kiltimagh, after completing her Leaving Certificate. She spent six months as a trainee nurse in Rotherham, England. Our father Tom, a University College Galway graduate, had got to know Eileen in Kiltimagh and asked her to return home. Tom proposed to Eileen and they were married in Dublin on New Year’s Eve, 1945.
They had seven children, Michael, John, Catherine, Celine, Tomas, Ciaran and Paul. Our family lived in Donnybrook, Dublin. Our father was a teacher and Principal of Ringsend Technical School, until retirement. He passed away in 1988, eight weeks after Paul the youngest, due to a motor accident, where he was a pedestrian. Eileen spent the remaining thirty years living alone in Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin. She had many friends in Dublin and Mayo and loved Louisburgh. The family always went there and still do, on their holidays to Old Head, Cahir, Doughmakeon, Westport and Kiltimagh.
Eileen had a great sense of humour and was lucid right up to the very end. She passed away in Roebuck Nursing Home, Clonskeagh in the excellent care of The Sisters of The Poor on September 19, 2019, aged 97 years, having been there for five weeks and four days after our sister Catherine passed away in Paris. ‘Her humour had no boundaries”.
Resquiescat in Pace.
“Inár gcroí go deo”