Fr Angelus Park, Westport
Nancy Glavey recently left this world just 3 months short of her 100th birthday. No fuss, no spotlight.
No, Nancy departed quietly and without fuss - typical of a woman who worked hard all her life, who gave so generously of her many talents and time, who cared for so many people, quietly and privately, who reared seven fine children, who loved and lived life, who laughed a lot, who shied away from the spotlight, who loved gardening, who loved her sewing machine and all she could make with it. There weren’t enough hours in the day for Nancy to do all she could and wanted to do.
Her life started as ‘Anna O’Donoghue’ in Youghal, Co Cork on September 28, 1922, the third child of Marion and Daniel. The family moved to Enniscorthy and then Clonmel, before Nancy headed for Westport with the love of her life, Paddy. They moved into Fr Angelus Park in 1953 where they lived alongside 39 other families and shared so many wonderful times.
Not content with minding a house and garden, and rearing seven children, Nancy was very active in the local community. She was a member of the Apostolic Missionary Society, Western Care, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, a founding member of Westport Social Services, and Fr Angelus Park Estate Association.
Though she could drive, she preferred the bicycle - as many people may remember seeing her flying around the town on her various expeditions!!
Nancy was noted for her colour and style, and the essential matching lipstick!!!
Her boundless creativity included a 10-foot square Westport Coat of Arms on the lawn in front of her house, a double quilt made from men’s ties to be raffled in the Meals-on-Wheels’ charity shop, a mini Japanese garden, a fancy-dress competition entry of a ‘Top Hat’ that featured highlights of a well-known local politician, a bridal bouquet of wild flowers for her daughter’s Big Day.
She took to foreign travel late in life, visiting her new baby grandson in Australia, attending a wedding in Hawaii, and sight-seeing in many European countries.
As if that wasn’t enough, she went to Ghana for three weeks when she was 88 years old to see first-hand, and live with, the people for whom she made and sewed and sourced mattresses and blankets and clothing.
2009 saw Nancy’s contribution to the community being recognised when she won the Mayo Person of the Year award.
Nancy was predeceased by her husband Paddy and her five siblings. She will be sadly missed by her sons Christopher, John, Michael, and daughters Myra, Elizabeth, Genie, Cathy, son-in-law Charlie, daughters-in-law Breda and Ger, 14 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends.