Widespread regret was occasioned in Dualla, Cashel and surrounding districts on learning of the death after a short illness of Josephine Barry (nee Linay), Coleraine, on Saturday, October 21, at University Hospital Cork.
Her untimely passing at the age 49 years came as a great shock to her family and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Michael who also had an untimely passing 10 years ago.
Josephine, who hailed from the Philippines trained as a nurse and while working in Saudi Arabia met her future husband Michael. On coming to Ireland, her adopted country, the couple were married in the Church of Our Lady of Fatima about 20 years ago. They then returned to Saudi Arabia to resume working there. After a number of years abroad, they then returned to Ireland with their three year old son Augustine.
Josephine quickly adapted to Irish life working in various nursing homes before taking up her present position in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, where she was especially remembered as a compassionate, caring and loving person.
Her life was very much centred around her son Augustine, to whom she was devoted. She also enjoyed her game of bingo, meeting up with friends.
On Tuesday, October 24, her remains which were reposing at Devitt’s Funeral Home, Cashel, were removed to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Dualla. On the following day, her Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe Egan PP and assisted by Fr. Tom Dunne CC and Fr. Tom Coffey, Chaplain South Tipperary General Hospital.
The Choir from Cashel Community School, where Augustine is a Leaving Cert pupil, enhanced the liturgy for the occasion.
After Requiem Mass, her remains were brought for a brief period to South Tipperary General Hospital, where her nursing colleagues paid their last respects to a much loved friend. Then she was laid to rest beside her husband Michael in St. Cormac’s Cemetery, Cashel.
The large attendance on both days representative of the Filipino community testified to the esteem in which she was held. She is survived by her son Augustine and by her two brothers Diego and Brando and sister Sylvia, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended. Peace to her soul.