Noreen will be greatly missed

The late Noreen Gallahue (centre) with her son Dan, Cait Cummins and Haulie, Ellie and Sean Gallahue. (JOF)

One of County Limerick’s most charismatic and loved ladies has passed away. Noreen Gallahue (Anglesboro, Ballylanders) died peacefully at her home on Sunday October 7.

Wife of the late John, Noreen (née Vaughan) was a wonderful human being, at the forefront of every positive development in Anglesboro and its environs. She had an empathy with people and was loved wherever she went for her kindness and countless acts of goodness.

Ever before her son Dan opened his garage in Anglesboro, Noreen was very adapt at mechanical work. It was many an engine that she ripped apart and helped keep many a vehicle on the road. “Long ago she often took on the task of post lady from Mickey Bo Gallahue and drove a Honda 50 around the locality, delivering the post,” her good friend Willie O’Mahoney recalled.

For a number of years she had a grocery shop in Anglesboro before relocating to Ballylanders after purchasing a public house and grocery store with her husband John. One of her proudest moments was to see John become chairman of Limerick County Council.

“Behind every good man there is an outstanding woman and Noreen was one such woman; a very caring and gentle person always, her very youthful appearance belied her age. Noreen was a very devout person who never forced her religion convictions on other people,” added Willie.

The large crowds that called to Ryan’s Funeral Home, Ballylanders to pay their respects and again at her Requiem Mass, were evidence of the popularity and esteem in which Noreen and her family are held. Noreen was a lady, always willing to help others.

Noreen will be sadly missed by her sons Dan, Thomas (Nenagh), John and James, daughters Alice (Hanley, Charleville), Liz and Mary (O’Brien, Bruff), son-in-law Tony (Patrickswell) daughters-in-law Margaret (Kennedy, Kildorrery), Wendy (Ryan, Kilkenny) and Jacinta (Sheehan), sisters Josephine (Folen, Broadford), Margaret (Kenneally, Croagh) and Geraldine (Walsh, Ashford), brothers Patrick (England), Michael (Ballylanders) and Tony (Tournafulla), her 14 grandchildren, other relatives and her many close and caring friends and neighbours to whom we extend our sincere sympathy.

At Noreen’s request her body has been donated to UCC for Medical Research. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilís.