The death has taken place, following illness of Catherine Breslin, Bridgend, Ballyshannon.
This enormously popular woman, known far and wide through her love of theatre and her work in Children and Family Services with the HSE, passed away early last Friday morning at Sligo General Hospital.
John Travers of Ballyshannon Drama Society, of which Catherine was a stalwart member, said she was “a Ballyshannon woman, even more, a Port woman, through and through”.
He added: “Catherine was involved in local drama groups since she was a young child, working tirelessly behind the scenes”. Her roles backstage with BDS included stage management, sound, lighting and directing, as well as serving as secretary of the society.
She directed ‘Mixed Doubles’ last November, a series of one-act sketches, involving around 30 people on stage and off. “Sadly, Catherine never got to see this wonderful production herself,” John recalled, because she became ill around that time.”
Catherine, who was 55, had a very, very wide circle of friends, John said.
“She was a great attender of drama festivals all over the country and often went to Gormanstown Drama School in the summer; she had wonderful friends from everywhere from that.
“Catherine was also very interested in Ballroom Dance and a connoisseur of good wines. In addition, she was a terrific fund raiser for the North West Hospice and did a huge amount of work for them over the years.
“Catherine’s public persona was a larger than life person, someone who was forthright and quick to make her views known. But she also had a private persona: she helped out a lot of young people, took them under her wing in a quiet way, that no one knew anything about.”
A constant flow of mourners paid their respects at the wake, removal and Requiem Mass at St Joseph’s the Rock, Ballyshannon. Burial, following Requiem Mass was at Abbey Assaroe.