Friday 24 January 2020

Muriel was a stylish lady who leaves behind many loving memories

THERE was a deep sense of shock and sadness in Wexford when Muriel Hore (nee McGrath) passed away at the age of 75 on February 2 at Knockeen Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving husband Con and her family.

Rowe Street Church was packed to capacity for both her removal on Thursday evening and her funeral mass celebrated by her brother Monsignor Joseph McGrath on Friday. The huge attendance, despite the inclement weather, was a great tribute to how popular and respected she wwwas. She would have taken great pleasure at such a fine turnout.

Muriel was born in O'Connell Avenue, St John's Road, Wexford, on May 18, 1940, one of four girls and five boys born to John McGrath and May Boyce. She was educated at the Mercy School, St John's Road and the Presentation Convent School.

On leaving school, Muriel joined the bakery staff of Frank O'Connor and Sons, North Main Street, and worked there for some years before taking up employment with F.W. Woolworth and Co, where she worked with her sister Kathleen. Muriel made lots of friends in Woolworths and still enjoyed the company of two of those friends up to the day she passed away.

She later worked in the tourist shop in the Talbot Hotel, St Brigid's Centre, Eddie Slevin's electrical shop and was librarian at Wexford Vocational School. She ran a grocery and sweet shop in John Street for a few years and loved chatting with the customers.

She was a very talented lady and had a great pair of hands. She was a dressmaker and a great knitter, turning out various pieces of every shape and variety, including Christmas Tree decorations. Many of her creations adorn Christmas trees of the family and extended family, both here and in Canada. In later life she took up painting and her art work can be seen hanging in every corner of her house in Rose Park.

Muriel was a lovely, considerate lady and very outgoing. She loved Wexford and the Main Street where she would be found daily talking to everyone having coffee in the various restaurants. She adored clothes shops and frequented them regularly.

She loved her style and paid great attention to always looking her best. As Monsignor Joe said at her funeral mass, 'she always looked as it she was going to, or coming from a wedding.'

Muriel was a talented singer and sang with the Crystal Showband in the 1950s which was led by her late sister- and brother-in-law Elsie and Jimmy Lawlor.

She was a member of the Wexford Light Opera Society for many years and took part in their productions. She sang with the Friary Choir and in recent times with Wexford Ladies Choir which formed a guard of honour as her coffin left Rowe Street Church. A lady of great faith, she had a great devotion to St Anthony.

Her family said they wanted to say a special thanks to all who looked after Muriel during her illness, particularly the management and staff of Knockeen Nursing Home, and also to those who supported the family at this difficult time.

Muriel was pre-deceased by her sister Elsie Lawlor, Corish Park, and her brother Paddy, in Canada. She will be sadly missed by her husband Con, her sisters Kathleen Flood, Clonroche, Anita O'Hara, Coolcotts; brothers Albert, The Faythe, Oliver, Castlebridge, and Monsignor McGrath, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, and members of her extended family. 'You have left me with countless lovely memories, thanks Muriel,' Con.

May she rest in peace.

Wexford People