05 Jul 2022

Pauline O'Rourke had a strong mind and a wonderful sense of humour

Pauline O’Rourke, 1953 - 2018

Pauline O'Rourke had a strong mind and a wonderful sense of humour

The death occurred peacefully of Pauline O’Rourke, Walterstown at the Mater Private hospital on Sunday, July 22 last.

The fact that so many people did not know that she was so seriously ill was a testament to how Pauline lived - with a quiet determination and wonderful spirit.

She grew up in Allardstown, Knockbridge and attended Darver NS, followed by the Technical School in Dundalk where she made lifelong friends. After school she worked in Franrick Furniture, Dundalk, followed by Murphy’s coachbuilders as a secretary.

She then moved to Fyffes on the Rampart Road, where she met her husband Martin. She enjoyed working there, and spoke fondly of the friendships that she made.

She married Martin in 1983 and left Fyffes to work beside him in Milltowngrange Nurseries where they grew tomatoes. They both had a very strong work ethic and were a formidable team at work and in their home where their children looked for nothing. Their children joined them in the nursery at weekends and summer holidays.

Pauline was a wonderful mother who always put her children’s needs ahead of her own. Education was very important to her and she made sure this was instilled in all her children from an early age. She provided a childhood filled with love, where stories were read, music was played and finding your passion was important.

She had a wonderful hospitable disposition, making sure anyone who visited her house felt at home. She always made sure everyone was welcome and tea and chats were always ready.

Witty sense of humour

She had a strong mind, witty sense of humour and a very firm sense of right and wrong. She always fought for the underdog and left a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to have met her. Her faith was very important to her and always brought her great comfort. She had great devotion to Our Lady, Saint Therese and Saint Anthony. She visited Lourdes many times with her sisters and Fatima with Martin.

She loved travelling, especially with her family for holidays. Gardening was her passion and her garden was her pride and joy. She spent many happy hours making up flower pots and her garden was always an explosion of colour and joy. She loved watering all her flowers with her grandchildren.

She also loved music and art, which she passed on to her own children.

She will be sadly missed by her heartbroken husband Martin, children, Maria, Martina, Padraig and Barry, along with her grandchildren, Rian, Oisin, Aoife, Donnacha and Cillian, son-in-law, Declan and daughter-in-law, Deirdre, brother, Mattie, sisters, Veronica, Philomena, Mary and Carmel, sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and friends

After a period of time in the Mater Private Hospital, she reposed at her home on Sunday, July 22 and the next morning was taken to Saint Michael’s Church, Darver. Father Patrick McEnroe PP celebrated Requiem Mass.

At the start symbols of her life were laid before the altar by her sisters and son-in-law. These included photographs of her family, statue of Our Lady, her gardening gloves and a photograph of Pauline and husband, Martin.

The Readings were given by her niece, Gerardett and nephew, Peter.

The Prayers of the Faithful were led by her nieces and nephews, while the Offertory gifts were taken up by daughter, Martina and daughter-in-law, Deirdre.

Daughter Maria read a reflection and tribute to her mother after Holy Communion. The music was provided by singer Susan Dixon, with the final song “In the time that you gave me” sung by Pauline’s favourite singer Isla Grant.

Burial followed in the adjoining cemetery.

Month’s Mind Mass for Pauline was on Sunday, September 2 at 10.30am in Saint Michael’s Church, Darver.

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