Mrs Finola Boyce, ‘Mulroy’, Braganza, Athy Road, Carlow, who passed away peacefully at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow on Sunday, October 6 was a native of Beaghmore, between Fintown and Glenties in Co Donegal.
Finola had lived in Carlow for the past 40 years or so, the Boyce family coming to reside in the town when her husband, Michael, also a Donegal native, was appointed Carlow County Manager in the 1970s.
Educated by the Loretto nuns in Letterkenny, the former Finola Doherty was a native Irish speaker and had a great love of the native language throughout her life.
She worked as a clerical officer with Donegal County Council at the same time as Michael was employed by the local authority. They met and were married in September 1951 at Killymard Church, outside Donegal Town.
Michael’s promotion in his work brought him all over the country in the service of a number of local authorities. After Donegal he worked in Cork, Kerry, Clare, Westmeath, Leitrim, Louth, Meath and Longford, where he was appointed County Manager, before coming to Carlow in the same capacity.
Finola had a great circle of friends in Carlow. A friendly, outgoing woman, she enjoyed her life in Carlow but at all times remained very proud of her Donegal roots – and particularly the achievements of the Tír Conall footballers.
An avid reader and a keen card-player, Finola had completed a diploma in psychology at St Patrick’s College, Carlow.
Michael and Finola celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in September 2001 with a big family gathering in Carlow.
Over recent years Finola had been stricken with Alzheimer’s Disease and for the last 18 months of her life was a resident of Beechwood Nursing Home, where she received wonderful nursing care and attention.
She was waked at home before removal of her remains to the Cathedral of the Assumption on Monday morning, October 7, where Fiona had worshipped since coming to reside in Carlow. Fr John Cummins, Adm., Carlow celebrated the Funeral Mass, assisted by Fr Tom Little, PP Askea-Bennekerry-Tinryland.
Family members read the Prayers of the Faithful, undertook the Readings and brought forward the Offertory gifts.
After Mass the remains were removed to Carrigart, where Finola was laid to rest on Tuesday morning, following Mass.
She is deeply mourned by her husband, Michael, children Thomas (Donegal), Conal (Naas), Mary (Dublin), Maireád (Dublin), Deirdre (Dublin) and Michael (Tralee), by her nine grandchildren, great granddaughter, extended family, neighbours and many friends.
Ar dheis Dé to raibh a hanam dílis.