Deputy Seamus Healy has paid tribute to a candidate who stood for the Workers and Unemployed Action Group (WUAG) in the local elections in 1999, and who died last week.
Terri O’Neill (nee Grogan) of Jossestown, Lisronagh and late of College Avenue, Clonmel, contested the election to Clonmel Borough Council 12 years ago. Although unsuccessful she polled strongly.
47 year-old Ms O’Neill died on Tuesday of last week.
“Terri was always very generous and genuine with her time and support for anyone who found themselves in any sort of difficulty”, Deputy Healy stated.
As a carer involved in the Home Help Service, he said that she worked above and beyond the call of duty on behalf of her patients and was looked on by them as a friend and supporter.
She was also involved in fostering and through that service was a big supporter of young people who found themselves in difficulty, Deputy Healy added.
The mother of four sons – Eoin, Brian, Paul and Aaron – the late Ms O’Neill also worked for some time with Superquinn in its Clonmel store.
Deputy Healy said she was also involved in the wider community and in the late to mid-1990s played a leading role as chairperson of the campaign group that successfully persuaded the government of the day to keep Kickham Barracks in Clonmel open.
Her remains reposed at O’Donoghue’s Funeral Home on Thursday morning last with removal to Ss Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass. The funeral was held immediately afterwards at the Island Crematorium in Cork.
Sincere sympathy is extended to her family and friends.