Sadness at death of Limerick businesswoman Jackie Gibbons

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Sadness at death of Limerick businesswoman

Jackie Gibbons ran Krank's Korner in Thomas Street

THERE is sadness in Limerick following the death of popular local businesswoman Jaqueline ‘Jackie’ Gibbons.

Jackie, of the North Circular Road, passed away last week peacefully at Milford Hospice following a brief illness.

Born in Garryvarren in Co Wexford in 1958, Jackie studied catering management at GMIT where she met her husband Austin.

The pair ran the Woodfield House Hotel at the Ennis Road until a decade ago from 1984. A trader in her own right, Jackie ran the landmark Krank’s Korner at Thomas Street from 1981.

Northside councillor and former mayor Michael Hourigan, a neighbour of Jackie’s described her as an “excellent businesswoman”.

“I have known the Gibbons family for a long time. I always found Austin and his wife Jackie the most hospitable people going. When I was mayor back in 2004, they facilitated me in every way possible. They were good neighbours and good community people. They facilitated community meetings. It was very much an open house at the hotel,” he said.

Before opening her own businesses, Jackie spent time working in the Shannon Shamrock Hotel, the Treaty Bar and Teds.

She is survived by Austin, and children Ryan, Robert and Leah, as well as her sisters and brothers Margaret, Eleanor, Johathan, Carol, Ciaran and the late Donal.

She is also deeply regretted by her daughter-in-law Antigoni, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and her many friends.

She was laid to rest on Tuesday following Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary Church at the Ennis Road.