Carrigallen and the wider area was shocked and saddened by the death of Mrs Maura Cusack ex SRN which occurred at her residence on March 24th last. Maura who had been ill for sometime carried her cross with great dignity, no doubt finding strength in her deep religious faith. Born in Newbliss county Monaghan to Carrigallen parents Garda Ben Harte and Mary Ellen Sheridan Calloughs. Maura received her second level education at the St Louie Convent Monaghan before following in a long family tradition to train for nursing at the Richmond Hos Dublin. Maura’s late aunt Elizabeth Sheridan SRN had been Matron of Sligo General Hospital while her cousin Ms Babs Grace of Carrigallen worked as a nurse in Limerick hospital where she assisted at the birth of Ireland’s first set of quads in the 60s with cousins Olive Patricia and Maureen Sheridan having nursed in Cavan and Dublin hospitals and indeed the tradition holds good with Maura’s own daughter Sara having qualified a nurse. Following the return of her family to Carrigallen in the mid 50s Maura mother’s future husband Fintan Cusack son of local GP Dr Matt Cusack. They married in 1959 raised 3 children living happily in England Portugal and Ireland until Fintan’s untimely death in 1993. Now returned from her last position at Sr Michael’s Dun Laoighaire Maura returned to Carrigallen joining the team at the Kilbracken Arms Hotel from where she rekindled many old friendships and made new ones particularly through her work in community care where she helped through the many positions she held there to build the day care centre into the success story it is often held as an example by the HSE to others to follow. Perhaps Maura’s success came simply by the way she respected everyone and what they brought to what ever project was on hand which allowed her bring everyone along for the common good. In recent years Maura was a very enthusiastic member of active age and showed leadership in encouraging others to join with the obvious benefits. When not working for others Maura enjoyed visiting her three children, all who live overseas and going to the Corn Mill Theatre taking particular pride in the local group. Sadly in recent years Maura saw the passing of her brother Aiden who played many outstanding roles for the Corn Mill players over the years whom she helped care for despite her own health problems. Having reposed at her home where large numbers attended paying their respects. Maura’s remains were brought to Saint Mary’s Church where con-celebrated Mass was offered by Very Rev Denis Murray PP assisted by Very Rev Francis Garvey PP before burial in adjoining cemetery a very fitting requiem. Music was by Ms Mary Harte and Liam Doonan, accompanied by Maura’s granddaughter Molly. Sympathy is extended to her children sons Justin , daughters Shona, Sarn SRN & grandchildren , brothers Alfie and Charles, nephews,nieces, sisters in law and a large extended family. In summarising everybody’s experience of Maura and the contribution she made along with the Christianity she displayed in every day living one word says it all “A lady”. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Host 5 performances of this prize winning production written by Martin McDonagh and directed by Killian McGuinness The Beauty Queen of Leenane. This production has qualified for the RTE All Ireland drama finals in Athlone with five first in local festivals. Anyone that has not seen this production can do so by going to the local Corn Mill Theatre Carrigallen on the following dates in April Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th, Sunday 24th & Monday 25th. Doors open 8pm. Show starts 8.30pm. Booking (049) 4339612 or bookings at CornMillTheatre.com. Come out in your large numbers and wish the players every success in Athlone.