The sudden and untimely death on December 4 of Caroline Breen, Cedarwood Park at the relatively young age of 50 caused widespread shock and sadness.
Caroline worked all her working career ----for over 30 years in the supermarket trade. She was a popular lady at her work, with her bubbly and jolly personality and always loved the craic and held the friendship and regard of friends, teachers and her principal from her school days which was demonstrated by their attendance at her obsequies.
She cared for people and loved cooking which was one of the ways that she provided tangible help for others, and carrying out such tasks as washing.
She grew up in Cedarwood Park. She was the eldest of five siblings in the family of Gerry and Maureen (nee Carroll) Breen. She gained her education, first in the local Redeemer National School, and then Saint Vincent’s Secondary School.
She completed her Intermediate Certificate and entered the workforce through first engaging in merchandising for Lyons Tea. This led to Caroline securing a job with Quinnsworth in Dundalk Shopping Centre, and went on to work with Crazy Prices and Tesco.
She worked as a store assistant and cashier and also as a cook in the staff canteen in Tesco. She got on well with her colleagues, staff and management and sales representatives.
She loved style, clothes and make-up and keeping abreast of the latest hair styles. She enjoyed socialising at the weekends, and was very fond of sun holidays, travelling to all the different popular destinations in Spain.
Once the sun was out she enjoyed nothing better than holding barbecues outside and utilising her cooking skills.
She liked to go for walks with friends, and to relax at home by reading her favourite magazines. She followed the popular soap series on television and liked to sit back and watch a late film.
She lived for spells in Ashbrooke and Toberona in town, and for the last handful of years was resident in Dublin and Galway before returning to her home town less than a year ago.
She was a lovable sister, good mother, dear daughter and good auntie, and a cherished friend, who is deeply mourned and greatly missed. Her family thank everybody who came to pay their respects and sympathise with them; family, neighbours and friends who helped and Shevlins Funeral Undertakers for the manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements.
Caroline is survived by her heartbroken family, daughters Séauna and Aine, parents, Gerry and Maureen, brother, Gerard, sisters Maria, Sinead and Antoinette, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, cousins, extended family relatives, neighbours and friends.
After reposing at her family home, Caroline was taken to Saint Joseph’s Redemptorist Church. Father Michael Cusack CSsR celebrated Requiem Mass and delivered the eulogy.
The Readings were given by sister, Maria and Mary Grant, a neighbour, with the Prayers of the Faithful led by daughter, Aine, nephew, Stephen and cousin, Teresa.
The Gifts symbolising her life were taken to the altar by daughter, Aine and nephew, Christopher, while the Offertory gifts were presented by sister, Sinead and brother, Gerard.
The music was provided by singer, Paula Cooney and organist, Trevor Clarke.
Burial took place in Saint Patrick's Cemetery.
Month’s Mind Mass is on Sunday, January 15 in Saint Joseph’s Redemptorist Church at 12.30pm.