Monday 26 August 2019

Clare was a natural golfer

The late Clare O'Beirne, RIP.
The late Clare O'Beirne, RIP.

The sad death took place recently of Clare O'Beirne, from Riverside, Crosstown, Wexford.

Clare passed away on Monday, March 9, during a brief stay at Knockeen nursing home following a period of illness.

Clare is survived by her husband, Dr Seamus O'Beirne, former Managing Director of Wexford Creamery, her sons Ronan and Darren and daughter Orna; Ronan's wife Sinéad and their children Aoibheann & Róisín; Darren's wife Amanda and children Elise and Lucia.

Clare came from a large family from Rockforest in Mallow, Co Cork. She was the second youngest of ten.

Most will remember Clare as a keen and natural golfer. She was a member of Rosslare Golf Club since the 1980s, and for many years she was also a member of Wexford Golf Club. As a natural golfer, she played with a handicap of ten for much of her golfing career, and as low as nine for a period.

Her main passion was gardening, taking much delight and spending many hours in her own garden at Riverside.

Clare's granddaughters were an immense source of happiness for her and she looked forward to their regular visits. She was very proud of her grandchildren, spending what time she could showing others their photos and videos on her iPad.

Requiem mass was celebrated in Clonard Church on Thursday last by Fr Odhran Furlong, a long-time family friend. The mass was concelebrated by Fr Barry Larkin of Clonard Parish, Fr Walter Forde of Clare's parish in Castlebridge, Fr Jim Fegan, Administrator of Wexford Parish and Fr Hugh O'Byrne, Parish Priest of Blackwater.

Clare's elder son Ronan delivered a moving tribute to his mother on behalf of the family, and Clare's daughter Orna a poem dedicated to mothers and daughters.

Ronan described how his mother had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease a little over three years previously, and how grateful the family were for the support of Prof Orla Hardiman and her teams at Beaumont Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, the Irish MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Assoc) and the Central Remedial Clinic.

Ronan also paid tribute to many of those who helped Clare in the final stages of her illness. The family were very grateful to the local HSE for their support; Alison Gately, the community nurse, occupational therapist Siobhan Feary, dietician Helen Kennedy, physiotherapist Maureen Scott, Clare's GP Dr Eamon Maher, and more recently to Dr Michael Riordan of Wexford hospital and ultimately the Palliative Care team under Dr Jane Fleming and in particular Dr Fleming's nurse Janet Tobin.

Ronan paid particular thanks to his mother's two home helpers, Ann Morris and Frances Hore. He described how his mother looked forward to their visits and their support, during what was a difficult period for her.

Ronan also emphasised how both his mother and father were very appreciative of the healthcare professionals mentioned above, and how these were a great source of support throughout her illness.

Des Whelan sang at the mass. The family were supported during a difficult week by Kay and Karen Macken of Mackens Funeral Home. Kay and her late husband Bernard had been friends of Clare and Seamus for many years.

Clare's son Darren and many other family members also contributed to the mass. The youngest participant was Darren's daughter Elise, aged 5. Elise read a brief prayer for parents and grandparents.

Clare was laid to rest at Castlebridge Cemetery.

Wexford People