Finola Treacy (née McMeel) RIP
It is with deep sadness that we record the death of Finola Treacy, Camas, Cashel, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Drumgahan, Glaslough, Co. Monaghan which occurred on April 22, following an illness which she bore with great courage and fortitude.
Finola passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was just 54.
Finola was born in to a family of 11 children, to Margaret and the late George McMeel. As the eldest daughter, she became almost a second mother to her younger siblings. She had the power to rule the roost and delegate when her parents were absent. She was a dab hand in the kitchen, confident on the farm and a comforting sister to each of her siblings. She received her primary education at St. Patrick’s National School, Corracrin and her post primary education at St. Louis Convent, Monaghan. She also attended Beech Hill College for a year. She attended Letterkenny Regional Technical College from 1983 -1985 and successfully completed a course in secretarial studies and languages. She took up employment with V.P. McMullin & Co. Solicitors, Letterkenny, for a few years before returning to Monaghan in November 1989 and taking up employment with Murphy Morgan & Co., Solicitors, in Clones.
Finola got married to Joe Treacy in April 1990 in St. Patrick’s Church, Corracrin and lived in Clones until July 1997, when they moved to Cashel in Co. Tipperary after Joe was transferred to Cashel Garda Station. Finola took up employment with T. Ryan & Co., Solicitors in Cahir and also Cashel Joint Schools Pilot Initiative. She commenced employment with the Brothers of Charity in Cashel in February 2000 and was highly regarded by all the patients and staff there and often went beyond the call of duty attending to their needs. She remained there until she took ill in November 2016.
Finola was a hardworking, intelligent, caring and thoughtful person, gave 110% to everything in life and had a heart of gold. She had a bubbly personality and had a beautiful smile for everybody she came in contact with and will be remembered for her fun loving personality. Home and family were important to her and she never forgot her roots. She enjoyed sharing the achievements of her sons, Niall and Bryan in the academic and sporting arena and was very proud of them. She took a great deal of interest in the various activities which they were involved in and was also involved in parents associations, helping out at GAA matches and attending musical productions to see her sons perform. She went above and beyond for anyone that asked and even those who didn’t. She was renowned for her hospitality and her home was always a place of welcome and nourishment.
Finola kept herself well abreast of current affairs and often voiced her own opinion on social issues. She loved travelling and travelled to London, Boston, Toronto and the Gold Coast, Brisbane to visit family.
Finola’s resilience, bravery and love shone through during her illness and she always kept a positive outlook and never complained. Her acceptance of illness and the manner in which she bore it is a great testimony to her Christian faith. In the almost 18 months that she was ill, she spent 10 months as a patient in Cork University Hospital. She took comfort in spending as much time as she could with her loving family in Camas. In true testimony to her faith, she set about planning her funeral arrangements before last Christmas and informed her family that all her affairs were in order and she was ready to go any time.
The vast number of people who attended her wake and funeral demonstrated the affection in which she was held by so many. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Joe Egan, PP, assisted by Rev. Fr. Christy O’Dwyer and Rev. Fr. Pat Gorman in Boherlahan on Tuesday, April 24, last. Members of Finola’s family were involved in the Mass, including bringing items to the altar that represented her life, the readings, Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory Procession and Eucharistic Minister. Hymns were sung by the local choir. It also included a song by her son Brian and a eulogy by her son Niall. Guards of Honour were provided by the Brothers of Charity (Nagle Centre)and South Tipperary Palliative Care. She was such a loving person that even some of the nurses who cared for her in hospital attended her funeral. Burial took place afterwards in the nearby Ardmayle Cemetery.
The family would like to sincerely thank all those who travelled to Tipperary to attend the wake and funeral and offer their condolences. A special thanks to those who called to the Treacy and McMeel homesteads, sent Mass cards, sympathy cards, letters of condolence, messages of sympathy and floral tributes. The family would like to thank the funeral undertaker, Mr. James Devitt. We would also like to thank Dr. Gerald Barrett, her G.P., O’Dwyer’s Pharmacy, Cashel, the staff of the haematology unit at Cork University Hospital (Ward 2D) for their care and attention to Finola, and the staff at Bru Colombanus for providing accommodation for the family. Thanks especially to South Tipperary Palliative Care Team for their kindness to Finola in her last few months.
Finola was also predeceased by her uncle John James McMeel (Dublin) and her aunt Maura Gilsenan (Glaslough). Her death leaves a huge void in all our lives that can never be filled but our many happy and fond memories of Finola, which we will hold on to and cherish, will help to fill that void. Of great comfort is the fact that her suffering is over and she now has eternal peace and happiness in Heaven. Deepest sympathy is extended to Finola’s husband Joe, sons Niall and Brian, mother Margaret, brothers Declan, Paddy (Clonmel), Aidan and John, sisters Barbara Quinn (Cahir), Olive, Doris, Michelle, Lorna and Denise. She is also survived by her Aunt Peggy Gunn (Newbliss, Co. Monaghan), her uncles Brendan and Oliver Dorris (Monaghan) and Pat Dorris (Bournemouth), her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.