There was widespread sadness last month when news emerged of the death at St. James’ Hospital, Dublin of Caroline Fahey (nee Boland) from Baron Park, Clonmel.
Caroline was the daughter of Margo and Michael Boland from Elm Park. She was one of a family of six girls and two boys and was the oldest of the girls.
Having attended the Sisters of Charity Primary School and the Presentation Secondary School she took up employment in her late teens at Dunnes Stores, Davis Road, where she worked for over 20 years. During her time there she made many lifelong friends.
In April 1989 she married Larry Fahey from Baron Park and the marriage was celebrated by her uncle Fr. Sean Walsh.
Caroline and Larry lived for twelve months in Queen Street, next door to her aunt Anne Carroll (‘Nan’). They then moved to Elm Park, just across the road from her parents’ house, although she sometimes spent more time in her mother’s house than her own!
Caroline and Larry reared a family of one daugther and two sons - Tara, Ian and Keith.
Larry wistfully recalls coming home from work, after eight hours of painting, to be met by Caroline holding a paint brush and bucket in her hand with another room ready to be redecorated, as her home was her pride and joy.
The family’s final move was in 2009 back to Larry’s family home in Baron Park. Despite the move some things never changed, as Caroline became more house proud as she eagerly took on the task of designing her new home from the outside to the interior.
Caroline’s main passion in life was her family, so much so that in 2008, when she tragically lost her sister Avril in a road traffic accident, Caroline took in her son Luke after he came for a sleepover one weekend and raised him as one of her own. Luke is still part of the family eight years later and she also looked on Avril’s other sons, Calvin and Buster, as her own.
Caroline was very proud of her children and all of their achievements on the sporting fields. She was extremely proud of Ian for his achievements with the Tipperary footballers and Keith, who won soccer’s Munster Youth Cup with Clonmel Town.
Both Ian and Keith have strong connections with Clonmel Commercials and Caroline was one of the club’s biggest supporters, attending all of their matches down through the years until she became ill last May.
Caroline was also very proud of her daughter Tara, whom she was very close to, and none more so than when Tara gave her a beautiful granddaughter Holly, whom she idolised and loved watching her perform at her dancing shows.
Caroline passed away surrounded by her loving family. She reposed at her home before the removal to Ss Peter and Paul’s Church for Requiem Mass, after which she was buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery.
The huge attendances at the funeral ceremonies were a testament to Caroline’s popularity and the high regard in which the Fahey and Boland families are held.
As well as her immediate family and parents she is also survived by brothers Paul and Michael, sisters Brenda (Morgan), Deborah (O’Reilly), Karen (Power) and Sandra (Pollard); aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.
Caroline’s Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated at Ss Peter and Paul’s Church at 7.30 next Saturday evening,