On Friday evening 4th November there was widespread shock and sorrow throughout West Donegal on hearing of the sudden death at the young age of 54 years of Noreen Coyle, Pole Road, Meenmore, Dungloe, which took place in St James’ Hospital, Dublin.
Noreen was only admitted to hospital the previous week when visiting her sister Fionnuala in Dublin.
Noreen was a daughter of the late Jimmy Coyle, formerly from Lunniagh, Derrybeg and Mary (nee Gillespie), who was originally from Mullaghduff. Her parents both predeceased her in 1991 and 2015 and she was also predeceased by her brother in 1976. A most industrious and hardworking person, she spent most of her life working in the nearby P.C.L. factory, Meenmore, with over thirty years service without missing a day.
As a great tribute to her, the factory closed as a mark of respect on the day of her funeral and her former work colleagues formed a guard of honour at the removal and funeral.
Noreen was very loyal to her family and lived at home where she gave great care to her mother until her passing.
She was always a regular attender of Mass in Acres and served as Eucharistic minister over the last five years, she also took care of the Irish Cancer Society church gate collection in Acres.
Noreen was an excellent community activist in Burtonport and Dungloe and participated in both festivals over the years. One of her big interests was pub quizzes and she often prepared questions for them.
She was also a keen sports activist and ardent supporter of Donegal G.A.A. and Manchester United F.C.
A really good humoured person, she always wore a smile and her passing at such a young age is a very major loss to our community.
Her funeral, which was large and representative, took place to Belcruit cemetery, following Mass in St. Columba’s Church, Acres, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pat Ward P.P. assisted by Fr. Matt McInerney, Fr. Nigel Gallagher and Fr. Michael McCullagh. Readers at the Mass were her niece and nephew Joanne Murphy (Coyle) and Stephen Rodgers. Music at the mass was by Jackie Sharkey, accompanied by Ian Smith.
Noreen is survived by her sisters, Fionnuala in Dublin, Roisin in Meenmore and Mary living in Calhame, brother Owen Coyle, Meenmore, in-laws including Danny Rodgers, Cathy Coyle and Frankie McGinley, uncles including Patrick Coyle and Bernie Gillespie, nephews, nieces and a large circle of family and friends to whom heartfelt sympathy of the entire community is extended.
Noreen’s months mind mass takes place in St. Columba’s Church, Acres on Friday, 9th December at 7pm.