The death has been announced of Sheila McCarthy (nee Fitzgerald) 17 Desmond’s Avenue, Castleisland on July 26th 2016. Peacefully after a short illness.
Sheila, (84) beloved wife of the late Tom and adored mother of: Des, Tom, Joan, Hollymount, Co. Mayo, and Mary.
Sadly missed by her loving family: daughter-in-law Mary, son-in-law P.J., grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and many friends. R.I.P.
Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Followed by removal to Castleisland Parish Church.
Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am. Burial afterwards in Kilbanivane Cemetery, Castleisland. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Castleisland Day Care Centre c/o Tangney’s Funeral Home. May She Rest In Peace
Date Published: Tuesday 26th July 2016. Date of Death: Tuesday 26th July 2016
Limerick Road / Desmonds Avenue Tops Gang
While they were able to, the Limerick Road / Desmonds Avenue Tops of the Town Gang of the 1970s and early ’80s got together from time to time. There was often only half an excuse to so and they pounced on it.
If Gabie Keane was, more often than not, in the excuse making department the late Sheila McCarthy was at the heart of it all.
The days and nights during the height of ‘The Tops’ were often drawn down in Mrs Nelligan’s Limerick Road shop and there was always laughter involved in the stories they told and retold.
Nelligan’s Bakery Rehearsals
Nelligan’s Bakery was at the heart of that talented community and its show rehearsals were all held there.
Neighbours even used areas of the bakery to dry clothes during prolonged spells of bad weather.
But it’s ‘The Tops’ and the carry on and the frantic preparations that they always celebrated and recalled.
My abiding memory of Sheila McCarthy and Annie Nelligan is of a day I went into the shop and they were leaning towards each other over the counter. Sheila was telling a story in a hushed voice – with the odd look over her shoulder towards the door.
The end left them helpless with laughter. And even when she left the shop she came back to the door with another quick comment and it set them off again. May God be good to them all.
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