VERY warm and moving tributes have been paid following the sad passing of Evelyn O’Regan of Ardshanavooley and formerly of St Brendan’s Terrace, Killarney.
She slipped away, peacefully, on Monday in the expert care of staff in the Palliative Care Unit of University Hospital Kerry.
Evelyn (née Horgan) was extremely well known and hugely popular in Killarney where has lived all of her life.
She worked in the Great Southern Hotel and the Torc Great Southern for many years and, saddened by her death, former colleagues have been speaking very warmly and affectionately about their friendship with her and admiration for her during those great days.
Evelyn was a very accomplished basketballer in her day and she put her height and athleticism to good use on the court, in schools’ competitions and at club level with St Vincent’s as well as the fiercely contested town leagues which packed St Mary’s Parish Hall in Killarney for many years.
In the 1990’s she joined St Paul’s Basketball Club and she was a very respected and effective officer, serving in a number of positions with the club’s juvenile section.
Over the past five years Evelyn has faced uphill struggles with serious illness but she met the challenges full on, keeping a smile on her face and she maintained a very positive and admirable mindset.
In recent weeks she featured in a newspaper interview singing the praises of the Palliative Care Unit in Tralee and describing the staff as angels who are “with you every step of the way”.
By means of thanks, the O’Regan family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to Palliative Care.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, well-known GAA man Tommy Bracker O’Regan, daughters Miriam, Bríd and Evelyn, son Tomás and grandchildren Samuel, Clara, Laoise, Tiarnan, Oisín, Eoghan, Ryan, Tomás, Gavin, Pearse and Hugh.
She is further survived by her sons-in-law, Seán O’Donoghue, Kevin O’Connor and Mark Bolger, daughter-in-law Aileen Fleming, sisters Norrie Sheehan, Breda Pierce and Marie McConnell, brothers Donal and Tim, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and many dear friends.
Evelyn was predeceased by her brothers Mossie, Brian, Mike and Leo Horgan.
In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private funeral will take place in St Mary’s Cathedral.
Evelyn’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed on Killarneyparish.com at 10.30am on Wednesday morning with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.
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