Maria will be sadly missed

MARIA DOYLE, who sadly passed away on April 1, was claimed by an illness which she endured with great fortitude.

Maria, from Ballyruane, Screen, was aged 44 and was well known through her work at FDYS, Colman Doyles, and Wexford Local Development and a volunteer with the ISPCC. Maria worked for Wexford Local Development as a committed community worker for the past 12 years where she touched the lives of many. Maria was a great colleague and a woman of great character.

Maria was first educated at Screen National School. Afterwards, she attended the Presentation Secondary School and went on to complete a secretarial Course at Wexford Vocational College. She was passionate about her studies and after enjoying three years living in France, working for a finance company and teaching English, she returned to Ireland to study as a mature student at UCC. Maria graduated with an Honours Diploma in Bachelor of Social Science in the area of Youth and Community Work.

Outside work, Maria had many interests. She played camogie for St. Ibars into her early teenage years and always got great enjoyment watching all kinds of sport. She also tried her hand at acting and on a few occasions appeared with Screen Pantomime.

She was also an avid reader and she was most content when lost in a good book or keeping up to date with daily and weekly newspapers and current affairs programmes. She enjoyed a chat and a good debate. She loved music and enjoyed a night out socializing with family and friends. She enjoyed shopping, but not just for herself. There would always be a little something amongst her bags for others. In particular she loved to treat her nieces, nephews and mother.

Maria was very devoted to her family and friends, even throughout her illness, always concerned that those around her were looking after themselves. Maria will be most fondly remembered as kind, caring and a generous woman. Always there to listen and offer help.

Maria was the loving daughter of Sarah and the late Patrick and a dear sister of Teresa, John and Nickie and her nieces, Grace and Niamh and nephews, David and Adam, brother in law, Liam and sister in lay, Kathleen wish to express their sincere gratitude and deep appreciation to all those who sympathised and supported us during the time of our loss.

Maria's month's mind Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, 28th April at 8 p.m. in St. Cyprian's Church, Screen.

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