‘True lady’ who passed away at the wheel is laid to rest in County Limerick

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Nancy McCarthy, aged in her 60s, of Bawnmore, Ardpatrick died from natural causes as she was driving

Nancy McCarthy, aged in her 60s, of Bawnmore, Ardpatrick died from natural causes as she was driving

A BELOVED wife, mother, sister and grandmother was laid to rest this Wednesday in County Limerick following her unexpected passing.

Nancy McCarthy, aged in her 60s, of Bawnmore, Ardpatrick died from natural causes as she was driving on Friday afternoon in nearby Upper Sunville.

Two female passengers - granddaughters of Nancy - were taken to University Hospital Limerick following the resulting car crash for examination. The 16 and 7-year-olds thankfully only received minor injuries.

Nancy always insisted on them wearing their safety belts.

Large crowds paid their respects to Nancy (née O'Keeffe), who was originally from Effin, at her removal on Tuesday evening in Charleville and Requiem Mass at noon this Wednesday in Ardpatrick church.

Fr Anthony Bluett, parish priest, said there was shock in the community when the news broke on Friday evening and sadness ever since.

“I was sitting here in the house and I saw the ambulances. It is a shock. At least the two kids in the car were all right and that there was no other car involved. The McCarthys and the O’Keeffes are highly respected families. It’s a small community here and everyone knows everyone. She has lived around here all her life,” said Fr Bluett, who expressed his condolences to the families.

He assisted a former parish priest of Ardpatrick, Fr Joseph Kennedy in saying the funeral Mass this Wednesday. Nancy was Fr Kennedy's housekeeper over a number of years from his time in the parish.

“She was certainly an impeccable character. She was very friendly, a very quiet worker but did it very, very well. I knew her very well, herself and her husband and her family. It is very sad. I had the utmost regard and respect for her,” said Fr Kennedy.

The retired priest described Nancy as a “wonderful mother and grandmother”.

“The fact that her death occurred while bringing home her two grandchildren from school - that would be typical of what Nancy would be doing. She had tremendous admiration for her grandchildren.

“It’s a very united family and I can very well see why that is the case because of her own character and that of her beloved husband, Eamonn,” said Fr Kennedy

Local councillor Michael Donegan described her as a “wonderful person”.

“Nancy was a great spirited woman, and a fantastic family person as well. I offer my sincere sympathies to the McCarthy and O’Keeffe families at this time,” said Cllr Donegan.

A number of people on the Limerick Leader Facebook page described her as “a lady true and true”.

Nancy was the beloved wife of Eamonn and dear mother of Brian, Lorraine and Karen.

She is deeply regretted by her loving husband, son, daughters, brothers, sisters, grandchildren Lauren, Ava, Ella-Faye, Callan, Cara, Anna and Sadie, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sons-in -law, daughter-in-law, nephews, nieces relatives and friends.

She was buried in Ardpatrick cemetery this Wednesday afternoon.

May she rest in peace.