The late Margaret Ann McGinley (44)
Fond and affectionate tributes have been paid to Miss Margaret Ann McGinley, aged 44 years who passed away at Galway University Hospital on Saturday 2nd February.
Margaret Ann a daughter of Ellen and the late Paddy Mhicí McGinley, 74 Balllina, Falcarragh moved to live at 13 Ailt Aoibhinn, Meenaniller, Derrybeg sixteen years ago.
A woman with a heart of gold she touched the lives of so many during her 44 years on this earth. Margaret Ann was a wonderful woman who did so much in her life.
Glowing tributes has been paid to her on social media. One tribute from Rachel Ní Fhearraigh said: “What a sad day for us and a happy day for Heaven! You lit up every room you entered and were always the first with a kind word or warm hug. I hope you know how many hearts you touched with your infectious smile. May God rest your soul Maggie Ann, we’ll miss you.”
Growing up in Falcarragh Margaret Ann spent some years working in a number of shops including McGinleys and Sweeney’s.
On moving to live in Gaoth Dobhair she did not know anyone but that quickly changed with her kind and friendly disposition she made many friends within a short time. She secured employment at the Gaoth Dobhair Day Care Centre, a job she dearly loved. Eileen Curran, manager of the Centre said: ‘Margaret Ann always placed their clients first and was supremely kind, compassionate and considerate - greeting them with a smile every morning, always taking the time to know them and understand their needs, providing support and care in all she did.’ She added that she will be sorely missed by both clients and staff at the Day Centre.
When the contract of the scheme she was working under at the Day Centre expired she continued to work there on a voluntary basis.
That was the type of person she was ever ready and willing to help others. She also worked as a volunteer at the St. Vincent De Paul Shop at Derrybeg. The extent of how she helped people will never be known.
She was also kind and very good to children in the neighborhood, frequently giving them sweets and other goodies. She was a familiar figure at all church gate collections outside St. Mary’s Church, Derrybeg.
The word ‘no’ did not exist in her vocabulary, she would never refuse, always helping and always giving.
She was a woman who loved to travel. She made numerous pilgrimages to Medujorje, and found this place both peaceful and tranquil.
She would bring back religious tokens for her friends.
In August 2018 she and some friends went to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the wedding of Mícheál Ó Cuireáin and Rachel Ní Fhearraigh.
She described her visit there as ‘trip of a lifetime’. She also went to visit Medujorje while on this trip.
She was also a very artistic individual and attended art classes during the winter months. She has created a number of stunning paintings in recent years.
Her remains reposed at 13 Ailt Aoibhinn, Derrybeg on Monday and Tuesday morning .
Her remains were transferred to her former home in Falcarragh on Tuesday. Her work colleagues at the Gaoth Dobhair Day Care Centre and some of the clients there as well as volunteers from the St. Vincent De Paul Shop, Derrybeg provided a guard of honor as her remains were leaving Derrybeg.
Her concelebrated Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Fionan’s Church, Falcarragh at 11.00a.m. on Wednesday.
The main celebrant was Fr. James Gillespie, P.P., Falcarragh. Her interment took place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Predeceased by her father, Paddy Mhicí in May, 2016, she is survived by her mother, Eileen McGinley, brothers, Michael, Noel and P.J. [all living in Falcarragh], sisters, Geraldine Breathnach [Dublin], Kathleen McGinley [Falcarragh] and Eileen Lynch [Creeslough], nephews, nieces, family circle and relatives.