THE death of Mrs Maura Quinn (nee Curtin), late of the Post Office, Mooncoin evoked widespread sympathy recently.
The late Maura, aged 94, was affectionately known to all as ‘Mrs Quinn’ and she was a patient at Greenhill nursing home in recent years.
A native of Ballygunner, Co Waterford, in her youth she trained as a nurse in Waterford County & City Infirmary and she completed her midwifery training in Holles Street hospital in Dublin in 1944.
Maura married William ‘Billy’ Quinn 67 years ago and moved to Mooncoin, where she made a great contribution to the family business and the parishioners of Mooncoin. She kept a great interest in her family and grandchildren down the years and always made good time for them all.
She kept an interest in nursing and was ready to help a parishioner if she could at all. She was noted for her kindness, when hardship struck a family as the Post Office also accommodated a grocery shop.
Local people talked of Mrs Quinn for her kindness in helping with sickness and minor ailments. She also helped with new born babies, and helped with laying out the dead.
Maura was a very religious person with firm belief’s and she prayed to St Martin De Porres so any lost items were always found following a prayer to St Martin. During her younger days she also liked the annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine.
Maura was Post Mistress for many years up to her retirement. In olden days communications were different from now. Those that had phones in their homes or those that used public phone kiosk’s would have to ring Mooncoin 1 to get Mrs Quinn to answer the phone. The phone was rang by twisting a handle several times and when she got the call she would then put them through to the caller at the other end whether it be in Clonmel, Waterford or overseas. Sometimes this would take time, it was not an instant connection like today.
Mrs Quinn was on call 24/7 with the phone, as in those days she also received telegrams from overseas. Sometimes it would be good news, other times it would be sad news. So the message was wrote down in words and someone would have to deliver the news as soon as possible to the family concerned.
Mrs Quinn was more than helpful in her Post Office role as she weighed items and ensured that they were secured enough. She always had that roll of sellotape that would help secure parcels better before they would be posted and stamped.
Besides her working roles in the post office and family shop she was a great family woman and mother, devoting all her time to her family, and she loved to see them settle down and then later on the visits from her grandchildren made her so happy. Her long life contained many historic event’s and she was a mine of knowledge.
The funeral mass in Mooncoin Parish Church of the Assumption was celebrated by Rev Fr Peter Muldowney PP Mooncoin with Rev Fr Liam Barron PP Mullinavat assisting. Her old friend Clause Cantwell played the organ and the Mooncoin Choir sang some hymns, with her son Liam singing two songs.
Maura was predeceased by her husband William Quinn who died in 1976; She was mother to the late Pat who died at an early age, Marie, Edmund, Helen, Liam & Patsy. She is also survived by her extended family, sons in law, 20 grandchildren, 19 great grand children, nieces nephews other relatives and friends. She was sister of Kitty, Liam & Eddie.