The late Dearbhla Cox (née Considine), Clonbalt Woods, Longford town. Photo: Michelle Ghee
A wave of sadness swept across Longford town at the weekend as huge numbers came out to pay their final respects to the much loved Dearbhla Cox, who fought a heroic and inspirational battle with cancer.
A beautiful, kind and brave lady, Dearbhla was well known and highly regarded through her involvement in many groups and organisations in the town.
Hailing from a large family, Dearbhla was one of ten children to her parents Rosa and Sean Considine, who served as Garda Superintendent in Longford town for many years.
She was also a familiar and smiling friendly face at Ward’s pharmacy on Ballymahon Street where she worked for several years.
With a background in theatre and the arts, she starred in many local shows and productions.
The esteem in which she was held was reflected in the many who travelled great distances for her funeral including several who came from the United States, which Dearbhla lived for a number of years.
In July 2014, Dearbhla was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer, and as she bravely fought against the illness, she spoke glowingly of the support and assistance she received from the LARCC Centre in Multyfarnham.
Dearbhla, along with her nine siblings, sisters Brid (Keenan), Mary (Conway) and Rosemarie (Rowley) and brothers Donal, Brendan, Sean, Eamonn, Adrian and Ronan, raised over €150,000 for charity down through the years thanks to the incredible pedal power of ‘Team Considine’.
The first cycle organised by the family was to raise funds and awareness for MS Ireland as Eamonn suffered from MS.
Several hundred people took part in the ‘Cycle for MS’ which ran from 2011 to 2015, and the route was from Longford to Carrick on Shannon and back.
In 2016 and ‘17, following Dearbhla’s diagnosis, the cycle was rebranded ‘Cycle for LARCC’, generating much needed funds for the Multyfarnham facility.
Dearbhla and husband, Philip, who works in the Social Welfare offices, Longford, lived in Clonbalt Woods with their two young daughters, Emily and Rachel.
The girls' friends from Melview NS and Scoil Mhuire and the Slashers GAA club swelled the crowds at the funeral. Dearbhla had many achievements in life but undoubtedly her greatest triumph were the two young girls, and how proud she would have been of them over the past few days.
Through her years of illness Dearbhla found great comfort and support in her large and extended family but her beloved sister, Rosemary Rowley, rarely left her side and was a devoted carer.
Dearbhla passed away peacefully on Friday, November 23, and deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Philip; daughters, Emily and Rachel; parents, Sean and Rosa; sisters Brid (Keenan), Mary (Conway) and Rosemarie (Rowley); brothers, Donal, Brendan, Sean, Eamonn, Adrian and Ronan, father-in-law Terry, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Her remains reposed at Glennon’s Funeral Home before removal to St Mel’s Cathedral for Mass of the Resurrection on Monday with interment afterwards in Ballymacormack Cemetery.