A great sense of shock and sadness descended on the communities of Luffany, Mooncoin and Kilcavan, Carnew, Co Wicklow on the afternoon of Monday, August 13 when word of Nuala’s untimely passing came to light. Survived by her heartbroken husband, Damien, parents Joe and Joan, brother Eoin and dear sisters, Triona and Eithne. Mother and Father in Law, sister in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, aunts and uncles.
Nuala was born on 4th of March 1978, the youngest of 4 children to Joe and Joan. With her beautiful smile and easy manner she made her way through life making many friends along the way. Nuala began her school life in Carrigeen National School from where she went to The Mercy Convent secondary school in Waterford, completing her formal education with a degree in Business Studies and French from WIT.
Nuala worked hard all her life, picking potatoes (which she loved!) a tour guide at Waterford Crystal and a position at AIB headquarters in Dublin, gaining from all these experiences the ability to run a successful business with her husband Damien in Gorey Co Wexford. Nuala and Damien met in college and shared among many things a love of travelling, with student summers in Chicago and a year spent in Australia before coming back to Ireland to concentrate on setting up their business- an Esso Daybreak shop and Off-licence in Gorey. They married on 27 of October 2008 and settled in Carnew, Co Wicklow where they built their house and made it their home. Nuala integrated well into the community of Kilcavan, Carnew making lots of friends. She attended the GAA matches played in the area where a few drinks in the local bar would nearly always follow, with Nuala often blasting out a few bars of the Rose of Mooncoin, much to the delight of the Wicklow crowd! Nuala’s love of GAA was taken from her home in Luffany, where her Dad Joe and family, live and breathe hurling. Damien and Nuala accompanied Joe and Joan to many All Ireland hurling finals in Croke Park. Nuala was treated in the Intensive Care Unit at Wexford General Hospital, where all the doctors and nurses worked so hard but unfortunately Nuala passed away on the morning of Monday the 13th of August. By being an organ donor, her passing brought new life and hope to others in need. Nuala was brought to her home in Carnew to be waked. Nuala was removed from her home to the church, where the Carnew local GAA and Mooncoin Hurling and Camogie clubs formed a guard of honour. Also in attendance was the President of the GAA, Liam O’Neill. Nuala’s funeral mass was at the church of the Holy Rosary in Carnew, where it was concelebrated by Fr. Casey P.P. Carnew, Fr. Barron P.P. Mullinavat, Fr. Timmothy, Fr. Wm. Dalton P.P. Callan, Fr. Liam Dunne S.V.D. Maynooth.The Carnew choir and Nuala’s cousin, Eanna, led the congregation with hymns Nuala loved and sang in her choir at Carrigeen church. Damien led a tribute to Nuala at the end of the ceremony that was very moving and a credit to him. Nuala’s remains were carried out of the church to the choir and the congregation singing the Rose of Mooncoin. She was interred in Tomacork cemetery. Nuala was beautiful and unassuming; she filled all our lives with joy, love and laughter for 34 years. Her smile stole all our hearts and her friendship was a cherished gift, a wonderful daughter, a loving and giving sister, a generous and caring aunt, a devoted wife and expectant mother. Nuala will always be alive in our hearts and minds, our lives all the richer for having Nuala in them. Nuala’s months mind Mass will take place in Carnew on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30pm and there will also be Mass in Carrigeen on Friday, October 5 at 7:30pm.