Wednesday 18 September 2019

Generous, hardworking Nancy is missed by all who knew her

THE SAD passing of Anne ' Nancy' O'Mahony has left a deep void in the lives of her family.

Nancy, of Ballingly, Wellingtonbridge, passed away peacefully at Wexford General Hospital on Friday, December 17, surrounded by her nine beloved children.

A daughter of Joseph and Mary Ellen Flynn, she was born on March 19, 1922, and reared in Ballymaclare, under the shadow of Sliabh Coillte.

Nancy was born at the same time as our State was founded and the ups and downs of its history are a parallel to her own.

While we now worry about our economic woes, the people who tried to make ends meet in the Ireland she grew up in the 1920s and ' 30s would have gladly swapped their depression for ours.

Her character was forged on the anvil of hard times that made her the woman she was. She and many like her were the backbone of our growing nation, not shirking any labour in the building of their community.

Nancy married Parkie O'Mahony on March 5, 1946, and the couple made their home in Ballingly, Wellingtonbridge.

From when the couple first arrived in Ballingly, Nancy put her immense energy and determination into setting up a home to rear their family, which eventually grew to nine children: Denis, Mary, Joe, Phyl, Kate, Jer, Anne, Bernie and Collette.

A devoted family woman, Nancy's first priority in life was always the health and happiness of her children. She and Parkie worked hard to ensure they were well provided for and got every opportunity in life, particularly in terms of their education.

Her love of family meant that Nancy derived immense pleasure from family gatherings and was never happier than when at the centre of her large, extended family.

She had a great affinity with young people and always enjoyed the company of her 30 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Nancy followed their progress with great interest down through the years and was very proud of their many achievements, while, as she had been with her own children, she was always ready to listen and encourage.

Her judgement was always sound, her advice worth listening to and her example worth following.

Nancy's great generosity and kindness was not confined to her family. Her hospitality was legendary and visitors to Ballingly never left without having had a cup of tea and having sampled plenty of her delicious home baked goods.

She also played an active role in parish and church activities for many years and was ever ready to help a neighbour in need.

Nancy had a great love and understanding of nature. She enjoyed gardening and adorning her home with beautiful flowers.

She also had a great interest in genealogy and could trace families from Ballymaclare, Ballymitty and beyond back through many generations.

Nancy had a razor-sharp mind and a prodigious memory, which made her an authority on the subject. It also meant her recall of events from the past always remained vivid and clear.

Nancy is predeceased by her husband Parkie, her sister Katie Wallace and her brothers Bob, Aidan, Fr Joe, John and Billy.

A vote of sympathy was passed for the O'Mahony family on their sad loss at the January meeting of Wexford County Council.

The high regard in which Nancy was held by those who knew her was reflected by the large number of mourners who attended her removal to St Peter's Church, Ballymitty, on Saturday evening, December 18, and her Requiem Mass there the following afternoon. She was laid to rest with her late husband in Kilcavan Cemetery.

Nancy is sadly missed by her children Denis, Mary, Joe, Phyl, Kate, Jer, Anne, Bernie and Collette, her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Go raibh leaba sna bhFlaithis ag Neans uasal ionraic.

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