Carrarevaugh, Liscarney, Westport
The death took place at her residence of Nora Heraty, Carrarevaugh, Liscarney, Westport on December 29, 2020. Nora was born in Carramore, Liscarney on April 5, 1931 to Richard and Mary Grimes and was the third youngest of nine children. She attended Carrowkennedy National School, where she excelled at Irish. She was offered a scholarship to attend secondary school but was unable to accept it because of the financial circumstances at the time. She later went to work in the Thread Factory in Westport.
She married James Heraty, Bracklaugh, Liscarney in Cushlough Church on April 5, 1953. They lived their first four years of married life in Bracklaugh and in August 1957 they bought a farm across the road in Carrarevaugh where they set up home. They were blessed with a family of 11 children - five boys and six girls, 28 grandchildren and 13 great- grandchildren.
Nora was a multi-talented lady and a great mother. She helped on the farm as well as rearing 11 children and all that entailed. She was a mighty knitter - Aran jumpers, cardigans, caps and socks were no bother to her. She learned how to crochet and made many colourful cushion covers and small blankets. She was also a brilliant baker – there wasn’t a visitor to the house who won’t remember having one of her scones, treacle cake or a slice of apple tart. Homemade jam was another of her specialities and she loved giving it to visitors as a gift.
She was a woman of great faith with a special devotion to Our Lady and the Sacred Heart. The Sunday Mass and the Rosary beforehand were very important to her as was the annual pilgrimage to Knock. Her faith helped her through ill health, pain and the tragic losses; her lovely grandson Martin in 2002, the sudden death of her beloved son Richard in 2012 (which was a particularly hard cross for her to bear) and the death of James in 2014, her beloved husband of nearly 61 years.
Nora was a very outgoing lady who loved meeting people and had a big warm friendly smile and a handshake for everyone. She remembered everyone by name and always made them feel special and welcome. She loved her fashion and never left the house without her jewellery, scarf and a brooch on. Haiti was always in her mind and she was great for storing up nice chocolate and sweets for Gena to bring back with her – and there is many a Haitian lady who has sported a nice blouse, a skirt or maybe a cardigan from her ample collection.
She loved her bingo - Westport on a Friday night and Louisburgh on Sunday night. The craic she had with the bingo women – the jokes and the laughs went hand in hand with the serious business of winning. Her passion for the weekly 25 card game in the Cushlough Community Centre never faded through the years, the card players there were like family to her. Getting to the card game in Fahy on a Tuesday night, where she was always warmly welcomed, was a bonus for her. She taught all her grandchildren how to play 25 and it gave her hours of enjoyment playing cards with them.
Nora was a community woman through and through. She and a few like-minded others realised the need for a local Community Centre and worked tirelessly to make that happen. The buffets, the céilí, the concerts, the annual Sale of Work – she was in the thick of it all. She was the Chairperson of the Cushlough Community Centre on several occasions and its President since 1980.
There is no doubt that Nora was a great lady who dearly loved her family and extended family. She was a lovable person and even though she was often in great pain she never complained and still had a smile and welcome for everyone. She was so grateful that she was cared for at home right to the end, in her “own corner”. This would not have been possible but for the support and help of her family and so many wonderful people. Nora’s family are so thankful to Mary Heraty her long-time health care assistant and to all the carers both HSE and private for their care and their kindness to her over the years.
Nora is sadly missed by her heartbroken family - Michael and Seamus (Donegal); Mary Heraty Wrafter (Westport); Kay Ryan and Mags Duffy (Kilmeena); Phil Keane (Fahy); Gerard (London); Noreen Heraty Morley (Limerick); Gena (Haiti); Declan (Lanmore); her sister Margaret Rahilly (Birmingham); brother James F Grimes (Charlestown); daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; relatives and friends. Nora’s funeral Mass was celebrated in Cushlough Church by Fr Britus and Fr King. She was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.