Tragic loss: The late Catherine Danaher, second from right with glasses, being consoled by family and friends during her partner's funeral in Murroe in 2015 Picture: Press 22
THE HEARTBROKEN partner of murdered Limerick biker Andrew O’Donoghue has been tragically reunited with the love of her life.
Catherine Danaher, aged 43, is understood to have passed away in her sleep. Gardai were called to a house in Murroe around 9am this Wednesday.
A garda spokesperson said they were investigating the circumstances of her death but “don’t suspect foul play”.
Canon Thomas Ryan, Murroe-Boher, said: “She often said it to me that she missed her partner so much and she found life so difficult without him.”
“Andrew was her soul mate, her true carer and when he was gone life just wasn’t the same. She just missed Andrew so much that she found it hard. It is a terribly sad situation. I had the height of regard for her,” continued Canon Ryan.
In an interview with the Limerick Leader one year after he was murdered, Ms Danaher, who was originally from Cappamore, said: “I actually know what a broken heart feels like. I never thought it could physically or emotionally happen but it is broken. I knew what real love was. I know that life goes on but my life actually ended the day he was killed.”
Ms Danaher described Mr O’Donoghue as “her rock”.
“He was my life. He was quiet, lovable and kind. His whole life was based around making me happy. If he saw me smiling he was happy. He was a wonderful provider for me and Ava. I was robbed of a lovely future. I look at elderly couples together and I was robbed of that. I’ve never been with anyone else. All I have is my lovely memories of him,” said Ms Danaher.
The couple were together since she was 18 and have a teenage daughter Ava.
Fr Loughlin Brennan, parish priest of Murroe-Boher, described Ms Danaher as an “absolute lady”.
“I hope that she is at peace now. She was very popular in the parish. A lot of people helped her in the last two years since she lost her partner. Br Ciaran in Glenstal was very good to and the bikers in the Road Tramps were excellent. Catherine will be sadly missed by her family and all who knew her. May she rest in peace,” said Fr Brennan.
Canon Ryan said Ms Danaher was “a special person in so many ways”.
“She had started a course on animal care in recent times and she was on top of the world. She loved it. She was highly intelligent,” said Canon Ryan.
Alan 'Cookie' McNamara, aged 51, from Mountfune, Murroe, was sentenced to life imprisonment last month for murdering Mr O’Donoghue.