County Limerick couple who died within an hour of each other are buried together

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A COUNTY Limerick woman who died within an hour of her beloved husband was buried beside him this week.

A COUNTY Limerick woman who died within an hour of her beloved husband was buried beside him this week.

Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Goff nee Murphy who was a native of Ballingarry passed away in St Brigid’s Hospice in Kildare on Friday morning just an hour after her husband Denis died five miles away in Naas General Hospital.

“Daddy didn’t know she was in the hospice or that she was dying but obviously they were that united they must have known,” their daughter Elizabeth Browne told the Leader this week.

The last time they were in each-other’s company was on February 21 at their home in Curragh View.

“It was Pancake Tuesday, I remember that night when they were going to bed she just caught him and she just hugged him and kissed him as if it was the last one. She said to him ‘see you in the morning Denis’ and he just said: ‘ I hope so’,” Elizabeth recalled as she prepared to bury her parents on Tuesday.

Such was the popularity of the couple that thousands of people paid their respects at the removal on Monday night and again at the funeral at St Brigid’s Church at the Curragh Camp on Tuesday where Denis’ long service to the army was marked with military honours.

“A lot of people even came up from Limerick, friends of my aunts – they were so so good,” said Elizabeth.

The devoted couple were buried side by side in St Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge, County Kildare.

A full version of this story was published in the Limerick Leader county edition dated Marcy 24, 2012.