Mill Street, Westport, Co Mayo
The death took place peacefully at her son’s home of Nuala (née O’Regan) who was shortly due to celebrate her 90th birthday. Nuala was a teacher by profession serving close to 50 years in her beloved Carrowholly National School. She enjoyed every minute spent there and friendships and bonds were formed that lasted right up to her passing.
Her family was very important to her and she took immense pride in their achievements. Like many people, Nuala suffered difficult years in her life. During the 1990’s, within seven years Nuala lost her mother Margaret, son Dr Bernard, father Ned and in 1998 her beloved husband Tommy. A measure of her faith and resilience is the fact that she dug deep and strode through life picking up the pieces as time passed.
The arrival of her three grandchildren Tommy, Kate and Aoife brought her immense joy and a new lease of life. Her kind and caring nature was evident with them from the start. As Kate observed “She never ever slapped or gave out because you always did what was asked as she was so kind and gentle to us.”
During her school days Nuala was an accomplished camogie player and Irish dancer. Golf was also a pastime enjoyed, being Lady Captain of Westport Golf Club in 1973. One of her real passions was bridge playing both in Westport and Castlebar weekly for many years.
As a generous and giving person Nuala was involved in numerous charities throughout her long life i.e. Legion of Mary, the Blind, Social Services and the Pioneers. Many hours of entertainment were enjoyed reading books and the daily papers (attempting the crosswords). Nuala was also a handmaid at Knock Shrine and it was in Knock she married her beloved husband Tommy. A strong devotion to Our Lady of Knock remained with her throughout her life. Politically she possessed a strong fascination for Charlie Haughey, but also had a deep admiration for Michael Collins.
Business was second nature to Nuala as she enjoyed talking to people and sharing their problems. Numerous friendships were formed whilst dealing with customers through the years.
In her later years Nuala loved travelling abroad with her daughter Margaret and together they visited many of the sunspots and Capitals of Europe. Indeed, her family often referred to her as the “Queen of Lanzarote!”
But above all else, as a teacher, mother, friend and companion, Nuala loved decent fun and laughter. One anecdote tells how at a GAA meeting in Kilmeena to discuss the then lack of success an individual commented “Even the two old cailleachs in Carrowholly can teach football.” This is a reference to Nuala and the late Nora Lyons NT and caused great mirth at the time as the Carrowholly team were doing well.
Nuala leaves a void that will be impossible to fill but the family thank God for the many happy years they had together. They are honoured and proud to have her as a mother and they will never forget the goodness and kindness which poured from every part of her beautiful person. Ar Dheis De go raibh a hAnam dilis.