Widespread regret was felt in the Bennettsbridge community following the untimely death of Paula Downey which occurred on 10th February, in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
The remains were removed from the residence of her parents Liz and Jim in Dungarvan, to St Bennett’s Church where Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Canon Patrick Duggan, PP., Rev Fintan Morris, Kiltealy and Rev Jimmy Kennedy,(relative).
The church was filled to capacity as the community turned out in large numbers to pay it’s last respects. The large attendance was testimony to the impact which Paula had on so many people during her short life. Family and friends took part in the liturgy and music was arranged by Sheila Ryan who was Paula’s music teacher in the Presentation Convent. The offertory gifts reflected Paula’s interests during her life.
Canon Duggan extended the sympathy of the parish to Paula’s family on their sad loss.
Paula was a daughter of Liz and Jim Byrne,former owners of The Corner House, Bennettsbridge. She was well known and liked in the village, had many friends and was a favourite with customers in the pub where she helped out at weekends prior to her marriage. She had settled down in Lusk with husband Paddy and their two little boys, Conor and Aidan. She will be sadly missed by her family.
Paula received her primary education in Bennettsbridge and attended secondary school in the Presentation School, Kilkenny. She went on to further education in D.C.U. and following her graduation, worked in quality control with Gerard’s Laboratory. Many of her colleagues attended the funeral mass in Bennettsbridge.
Burial took place in Dungarvan Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Paddy and sons, Conor and Aidan, Mother Liz, Father Jim, Sisters Maria and Gemma, Grandmother Margaret, extended family, friends and neighbours.