Joan and Denis O'Connor of the Old Irish Ways Museum presented a cheque for €2,100 to Theresa Riordan for Milford Hospice in the presence of Eileen O'Connor | Picture: Dave Gaynor
THE untimely passing of his beloved sister prompted one county Limerick man to host an open day at his folk heritage museum with all proceeds going towards Milford Care Centre.
Kathleen (CJ) O'Connor from Meanus died peacefully on September 10 last at the age of 62 after being diagnosed with stage one lung cancer last December.
Kathleen’s brother Denis who runs Old Irish Ways Musuem in Meanus decided to raise funds for Milford Care Centre where Kathleen was cared for before her death. The one day event raised €2,100 for the good cause.
“We have done a charity day every year for the past four or five years and due to the circumstances this year, with losing our sister, it was decided to raise the funds for Milford,” Denis explained.
Kathleen, who worked for Eircom was just in the final stages of selling her house in Meanus when she was diagnosed.
She lived with Denis for a number of months before moving into the full-time care of Milford Care Centre where, her family say, she received “tremendous” care.
“There was no treatment at all for her illness. They just said it would be palliative care when the time came. She attended the daycare centre there for about six weeks and eventually then she went into Milford.The time did come and Milford were just so good in helping her and us, to get through the final weeks,” explained Kathleen’s sister Eileen Punch who resides on South Circular Road in the city.
Kathleen’s optimistic nature meant she remained positive throughout her illness, which was a great source of strength to her family.
“It made a difficult situation easy to handle,” said Eileen.
Kathleen O’Connor is deeply regretted by her loving sister Eileen, brothers Denis, John and Tim, brother-in-law Pat, sister-in-law Joan, aunt, nieces, nephews, extended family, kind neighbours and a large circle of friends.
She was reposed at her brother Denis's home at Caherguillamore, Bruff. A large crowd attended the removal, and funeral at St Mary's Church, Meanus. Kathleen was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.