Remembering Sr Mairead Hourigan RIP

Sr Mairead Hourigan born in Ballinglanna, Latin, Co Tipperary on September 04, 1930 was a member of a family of six five girls and one boy. Of the five girls all of whom attended the Boarding School in Thurles four became Ursuline Sisters – two entered in Thurles, Co Tipperary and two in Blackrock, Cork. Sr Mairead’s Final Profession was in Blackrock in 1955. She worked in the Primary School until 1968 when she went to Columbus, Georgia, USA where she spent thirty happy years and did wonderful work in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish School as teacher and Principal.  She was much appreciated in both roles but most of all as a friendly helpful person with an ever ready smile. 

In 1998 she came nearer home to Ursuline Convent, Brecon, Wales where she engaged in family ministry in the Diocese of Menevia and readily adapted to this new work.  Here again her gentle manner was much appreciated. 

Another step nearer home came in 2000 when she returned to Ireland and spent nineteen years in Thurles, seventeen in the Ursuline Convent and the last two in Ardeen Nursing Home where her general care and Alzheimer’s needs were well seen to.  She travelled daily to Thurles Care Centre, an outing she really loved.  In God’s loving providence she was there on Wednesday March 27 when she was suddenly called on her final journey to her everlasting home.  As it happened three of our senior students who do community care work each week were beside her and noticing a change in her colour alerted a nurse.  Mairead died surrounded by people who had become her friends – a beautiful peaceful death. May her gentle soul rest in peace.