01 Jul 2022

Dundalk lost an iconic lady in Nan Lawless

Nan Lawless, Mulholland Avenue

Dundalk lost an iconic lady in Nan Lawless

Ann (Nan) Lawless, late of Mulholland Avenue, died peacefully on the 1st of November 2018 in St. Francis (Mount Oliver) Nursing Home.

Nan was the daughter of the late William and Ada Lawless, beloved sister of the late Pat and Norah Lawless. She is survived by her sisters Geraldine, Sheila and her brother Billy.

Nan was educated in The Friary National School and St. Vincents Secondary School. After leaving school Nan opened her own business in Park Street selling sweets, toys, religious and Irish souvenirs.

You could always rely on Nan for your sleeper and button earrings before heading out for a night on the town.

Nan was a great intellect, who had a keen interest in current affairs, politics and especially GAA. She was very passionate and had a great love for the Irish language speaking it right to the end – she would speak in Irish to her carers and nurses.

She spent fifty year working on behalf of Gael Linn and was congratulated by President Mrs Mary McAleese for her dedication and hard work.

Lawless's shop was a great meeting place for all native Irish speakers, especially Nan's friends from 'The Conradh na nGaeilge and family members.

Nan was kind, caring and a very good listener. Many people would call into Nan for a friendly chat which she loved.

Not a bad word would pass her lips about anyone. “If you had nothing good to say about someone – say nothing at all” she would say.

Nan only saw the good in people. Friends from USA, Canada, England and Australia, who left in the 50s and 60s made sure to call into Nan, to her Dad Willie and brothers Pat and Billy and her Uncle Anthony to catch up on times gone by.

Nan's love for the GAA saw her travel to Croke Park on a Sunday and she would be seen front row on the Hogan Stand.

Nan received an appreciation award for her devotion and fundraising for the Gael's Club that her father William Lawless had co founded.

She was presented with a framed Gael's jersey by Tony Coleman where it hung proudly in her room at St. Francis' nursing home

Nan was always involved in sports.

She enjoyed camogie and was a member of the Brookville Badminton Team who won the Intermediate knock out cup, Dundalk and District League in 1961.

She also passed her evenings when she was in good health knitting and painting.

Nan will be sadly missed by her sisters Geraldine and Sheila, her brother Billy, sister in law Ann, brother in law Phil, nieces, nephews relatives and friends.

Nan was predeceased by her father William Lawless, her mother Ada, her sister Norah, brother Pat, sister in law Marie and nephew Paul.

After reposing at her brother Billy's house on Thursday and Friday, Nan's remains were taken to St Patricks Cathedral, Dundalk on Sunday the 3rd of November for Requiem Mass, concelebrated by Fr Mark O'Hagan.

The beautiful music was provided by Brendan McCourt (Organist), Brendan Larrissey (Fiddle) and Sarah McCourt beautiful vocals. Burial took place at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Dowdallshill, Dundalk.

The family would like to add a special thank you to St. Francis Nursing Home for their loving care and kindness in her last years.

Please join the family in celebrating Nan's months mind mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday the 25th of November at 11:30am

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