Cushlough, Westport, Co Mayo
Ann was born in Cushlough, Westport, on April 1, 1952. A white sheet was placed on the roof of the shed to signal to the helpful neighbour that a child was coming.
Ann grew up in her family home until they were resettled in Mullingar. At the age of 16, Ann went to a family wedding in the UK where she met her husband of nearly 52 years, John Hastings.
After a few of years, a wedding and the birth of two daughters, they moved back to Ireland. She went on to have a son and another daughter.
Ann and her family had very good times back in Westport and also some very hard challenging times but she raised her family as best she could.
Ann and family then moved back to the UK in 1988 and Ann found her forever home, which she loved very much, in Luton. She was very house proud and kept it in an immaculate condition and her husband would say “it was always clean and there was always a meal on the table and she was an amazing woman”.
Ann was a task master for sure. But we will all miss our names being called to know she had yet another job for us to do that needed to be done yesterday.
Ann loved her country music and her garden. She would always have her Chat and Take A Break magazine’s on a Thursday. Simple pleasures.
Ann was always honest and spoke her mind. She was always a good judge of character. She devoted every minute to her husband and family.
Before Ann became unwell she would love to socialize and have the craic and banter. With her love of music from very early on Ann and John would always love to be on the dance floor (that’s if her little sister Mary had not stole John first).
Ann was a good cook and the grandchildren loved her apple pie and jelly. And her now grown children would love her shepherd’s pie and apple pie and homemade chips.
Ann had a very special bond with her first grandchild Kieran and in turn with his son, her first great grandchild Freddie.
Ann was a very tough lady and put up a fight for many many years and hardly complained. She was truly a medical miracle and showed amazing strength. Ann was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister. She has left an enormous gap in the lives of her family and all that knew her.
Rest now Ann. No more doctors, no more pain. Rest in peace.
From her family, John, Marie, Sharon, Seán and Louise.