Castlebar mourns passing of loyal community volunteer

The death has taken place of Maureen Feeney (nèe Daly), Fortfield, Castlebar, and formerly of Altamount Street, Westport.

A much-loved and good natured personality, her passing has evoked an immense sense of loss in the community at large.

Predeceased by her husband John, she is survived by her daughters Sharon and Michelle, grandchildren John, Ava and Chloe, son-in-law Patrick, relatives, neighbours and friends, to whom deepest sympathy is tendered.

A woman who dedicated much of her life to her family, her death has created a huge void for those closest to her.

Maureen always gave of her best in everything she did.

Outside of her family life, her greatest passions were Castlebar Concert Band, the Fine Gael party and MS Ireland.

In a tribute, Castlebar Concert Band said it was saddened by the death of a very good friend who had served the organisation with commitment and dedication over many years, most notably as flagbearer.

"Maureen had an immense love of the band, helping out with fundraising, uniforms and supervising during Saturday music classes.

"Most of all she played an integral role during our major events, including matches at McHale Park, St. Patrick's Day parades and the annual Corpus Christi processions. We will miss her greatly. May her gentle soul rest in peace," the tribute added.

Maureen was a former holder of the office of president of the Castlebar Branch of Fine Gael, underlining the high regard in which she was held by the membership.

One of her proudest days was seeing Enda Kenny elected Taoiseach on March 9, 2011.

She was, indeed, one of his most loyal supporters during much of his four decades as a TD.

Councillor Ger Deere said Maureen was a dyed-in-the-wool Fine Gael member and was a regular attendee at the party's Ard Fheis.

"Maureen and the late Kevin O'Malley were regarded within the party in Castlebar as 'the dream team' when it came to canvassing around the town at election time. Nothing was too much for them when it came to the Fine Gael cause.

"Her passing is deeply mourned within the party ranks and I take this opportunity to extend condolences to the Feeney family on their immeasurable loss," added Councillor Deere.

The deceased also devoted her time and energy to MS Ireland which provides such vital services and support to the MS community nationwide.

Her remains will be removed from Coady's Funeral Home on Thursday morning at 10.30 for Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar.

Interment takes place afterwards in the Old Cemetery, Castlebar.

Due to the HSE and government guidelines, the funeral at all stages will be private for family only.

Funeral Mass can be viewed on the Castlebar Parish Webcam or listened to in Castlebar on the Parish Radio Channel 105.3FM.

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