Kathleen (Kay) Tynan was a lady who lived a happy, full, contented life and who leaves behind devastated family and friends, who will never forget her humanity, warmth, kindness and generosity.
Kathleen was born on 24th August 1941 and grew up on the family farm in Castleinch with her parents, John and Ann Fogarty, two sisters, Maura and Ann, and brother, Phil.
She went to the nearby primary school in Cuffesgrange and then to secondary school in the Presentation on James Street, which she cycled to every day on the bicycle her big sister Maura brought home for her from Dublin. She was never one for the outdoors work on the farm, preferring the indoors and some baking and homemaking, instilling a pride and love for home that she never lost. After leaving school, she trained to be a nurse in London, working in St Benedict’s Hospital in Tooting.
She loved the colour and variety of London, and it gave her a lifelong respect and appreciation for cultural difference. In London she saw the Beatles perform, something that she remained proud of her whole life. But home was always where her heart lay and after qualifying, Kay returned to live in Castleinch, working as a nurse in Aut Even Hospital.
She married Shem in Foulkstown Church in November 1967 and they lived beside Bollards pub on Kieran’s Street for the first few years of their married life, where they were soon joined by Paula and Brendan. They moved to Granges Road, and the family grew to include Deirdre and Mark. Granges Road would become a community for Kay, with neighbours like the Foley’s, McGoff’s and Carroll’s becoming lifelong friends. The house on Granges Road would be Kay’s home for over 40 years and it is a home that is synonymous with her. Home is a word we will always associate with Kay; she embodied home and her home was her pride and her joy, the place she felt most comfortable and where she always looked forward to returning to.
Even after leaving the nursing profession, Kay’s vocation for helping people never left her and she spent a lot of her life caring for other people. Most of Paula, Brendan, Deirdre and Mark’s childhoods were spent in Castleinch, where Kay went every day to look after her mother. The caring never stopped – dinners for everyone, lifts here and there, birthday presents, cakes, apple tarts and pavlovas for neighbours weddings and christenings, ice-cream for the grandchildren, phone calls and, latterly, text messages to say hello and make sure everything was alright.
Doing these everyday things in life was where Kay was happiest. She loved nothing better than a chat over a cup of tea, a phone call from Paula, Deirdre, Caroline or Ann, reading the newspaper, baking bread or apple tarts. She was an incredible cook. Her bread, tarts, oven stew and chicken casseroles were particular highlights. She liked the soaps, the news, The Late Late and The Bill. She liked trips to Dublin; the train journey to Hueston with her sister Ann, Arnott’s for tea and a bun, a quick browse of the shops, lunch with Paula and Mark. She had a great love of all kinds of music and would listen to Ronan Collins on the radio or play a CD for herself, Bruce Springsteen being her favourite. Kay was there the last time Bruce played Dublin in 2009 and had a ticket for his show this July in the RDS. The Tynan’s have always been huge Springsteen fans and will go again this summer, but it won’t be the same without Kay.
In later years, Kay and Shem got to travel together and saw a lot of the world with their friends Tony and Helen Dunning. They travelled as far afield as New York, Florida, China, Prague and Poland. This began a great friendship between Kay and Helen, with many afternoons whiled away chatting over coffee.
Kay died in St Luke’s Hospital on March 23, aged 70 years. She battled her illness with huge grace and courage and passed away peacefully. She is gone now to look after her little grandson James, who died in 2010 and whom she missed terribly.