Wexford saddened at passing of Annie Murphy

Published 23/06/2015 | 00:00

The late Annie Murphy.
The late Annie Murphy.

Wexford was saddened to learn of the death of Annie Murphy (86) at her home in Edenvale Avenue on June 7.

Born in 1928 in Carrigeen Street, Wexford town, Annie was one of nine children born to Paddy and Bridget Foley. She married Tom Murphy of Rosemount, Drinagh and had six children - Jim, Angela (Furlong), Bernie (Darcy), Marian, Jacinta (Hastings) and Declan; 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Annie packed a lot into a life long lived. As well as working, she was at various stages, involved in the Maudlintown Community Playscheme; a polling clerk for elections; a Eucharistic Minister in Bride Street; a regular pilgrim to Lourdes and Medjugore; a member of the Third Order; and in latter years she enjoyed the activities of St. Bridget's Club; and the Southend Family Resource Centre.

But she was best known for her love of and involvement in singing circles. She won the contralto solo first place and gold medal in Feis Carman in the early '40s; the award was followed by a procession of successes which included a gold medal as a member of a trio, Feis Ceoil awards, and several broadcasts from Radio Eireann, notably the solo 'Aguas ayall' with the Presentation Choir;

Much in demand for weddings and concerts, she was mostly devoted to choral societies, church choirs and opera.

She also took to the stage in the annual panto; Wexford Light Opera Society, particularly during the Gilbert & Sullivan years. She was also part of the Chorus of the Wexford Festival Opera.

She was a founder member of the Wexford Festival Singers.

After her husband Tom died in 1999, she signed up to a Diploma in Community Studies graduating from UCC at the age of 76.

One hobby few people knew about was her love of snooker - watching on TV not playing! And in 2004, she realised a dream when she got to meet both Steve Davis and Jimmy White at an exhibition event in Cork.

While delighted to meet Steve Davis and have a photo taken with him - which takes pride of place among family photographs - Annie was neither starstruck nor intimidated.

She proceeded to inform Steve Davis that his six times World Championship wins was not down to his skill and talent but to her prayers, novenas and candles! Maybe she was right as she had great faith and a daily attender of mass.

Her party piece of 'Danny Boy' was sung by her grandson Donal as her coffin was carried out of the Church of the Assumption in Bride Street following her Requiem Mass.

Her family extended sincere thanks to all who cared for Annie.

Much-loved, she will be sorely missed by family and friends.

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