Families present €10,000 to Hospice in Tipperary woman's memory

Eamonn Wynne

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Catherine Kearney Hospice presentation

Above - Members of the Hickey and Kearney families gathered at Moyle Rovers GAA club to present €10,000 to Hospice in memory of the late Catherine Hickey (neé Kearney), who died in October. The money was raised at a fundraising dance held at the GAA club's social centre.

Happiness was tinged with sadness when members of the Kearney and Hickey families, and members of the Moyle Rovers GAA Club's social committee, gathered at the club's centre in Monroe, Clonmel to make a presentation to Pat Quinlan of the Milford Hospice in Limerick.

The considerable sum of €10,000, the proceeds of a fundraising dance held at Monroe in early October, was presented to Milford Hospice.

Catherine Hickey (neé Kearney) was a nurse at the Hospice and was a patient there since last March. Her family decided to hold a fundraiser for the Limerick Hospice, which was such an integral part of her life.

Catherine attended the fundraiser and, says her brother Michael Kearney, "she got to meet old friends and family which was great for her, and she had a great night".  

Sadly, she passed away peacefully at Milford Hospice a few weeks later on October 30th. 

Catherine, from Silvermines, Nenagh, was pre-deceased by her mother Angela. She is survived by her loving husband Tommy and cherished daughter Roisin, her father John, brother Michael, grandmother Nora T. McNamara, other relations and a wide circle of friends.

She was buried at Kilboy Graveyard, Dolla, following Requiem Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Silvermines. 

Catherine spent her early years with her family in Fourmilewater and Ballymacarbry before they moved to Clashiniska Upper in Rathronan, Clonmel.

Her husband and daughter were among those who gathered at Monroe to make the presentation to Milford Hospice in Catherine's memory. 

Michael Kearney extended his heartfelt thanks to the Moyle Rovers club and its social committee, as well as all their friends, Catherine's friends and family and everyone who supported the fundraiser.  

"Without their help it wouldn't have been possible to raise those funds for Milford Hospice", he said.