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Friday 23 August 2019

Fond memories of Lily who lived life to the full

HER many friends and relatives in Enniscorthy, her native Wexford and beyond have learnt with sadness of the unexpected death of Elizabeth 'Lily' Kirwan (nee Hayes) from 74 Bellefield Road in Enniscorthy.

She died peacefully at home at the age of 90 after a life lived to the full from start to finish.

Lily was born in Mayglass and brought up in High Street in Wexford Town but she moved to Ennsicorthy more than sixty years ago to set up home with her husband, the late Jimmy Kirwan.

She quickly adapted to her new surroundings where she raised a family of six - Joan, Brenda, Mary, Aileen and Martin, along with Betty who died in 1956 at the age of just five.

Jimmy, who passed away 29 years ago, worked as a mechanic in Foley's garage while Lily, widely known as Nanny Kirwan, concentrated on family matters. This she did with great energy and good humour. In due course, she lavished the same love and interest on fifteen grandchildren and then, in more recent times, her five greatgrandchildren.

She never missed a birthday and she was at the heart of family gatherings most weekends in Bellefield Road.

Her zest for life was inspirational. She was forever planning, looking ahead - whether to the next family event or to some home improvement that she wanted done.

Though she loved company, she also had her own private world which was opened up to her between the covers of the books that were her solitary pleasure.

She kept reading into old age. Given the blessing of good health, she remained independent to the end of the days.

Thursday's funeral service was held at St. Aidan's Cathedral, just a few hundred metres from her home, where a large congregation gathered to say goodbye to a woman who will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

She now lies buried in St. Mary's cemetery beside her beloved husband Jimmy.

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