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Pillar of Limerick community passes at the great age of 103

Hundreds of loving condolences poured in for a Limerick community stalwart who died aged 104.

Fr Tom Ryan of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Ennis Road, remembers Kathleen Finucane née McNamara as a “great woman”.

He recalls how she enjoyed gardening in the sunshine and taking pride in her home constructed by her late husband Paddy.

The Limerick Leader reported that he would have seen her at mass on a regular basis.

Her family, especially her two daughters Marianne and Loretto, took wonderful care of her, he said.

Kathleen celebrated her 103rd birthday last August 29th by going to mass with her family.

One condolence recounted her return to mass that day following the lockdown, and the joy on Fr Des McAuliffe’s face.

“I always remember her walking past our house regularly on her route to and from the city,” said one homage to the Finucane family. My mother also spoke highly of her as a neighbour.”

Unknown to many, her “gentle presence” will be dearly missed on the North Circular Road.

Clarina writes about being always welcomed to the family home after school, when Kathleen would whip up a wonderful fry for teatime.

Kathleen’s Requiem Mass on Friday, January 21, was attended by Fr Tom, who described her as a charming lady and the parish’s eldest member for many years.

Her children were Peggy (Glasheen), Michael (Loretto), Loretto, Jack and Kathleen (Katty) was Michael’s beloved sister.

She was a nice gentle woman who always had a grin for everyone.

Kathleen’s body was buried in Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.

Go raibh a hanam.