Longford town native Evelyn (Eve) Duignan (57), Letterkenny, Co Donegal and formerly of New Street, Longford Town died on January 7, 2013.
Predeceased by her father Jimmy and mother Annie, Evelyn leaves behind her two daughters Zara and Saoirse and will be sadly missed by her sisters, Mary Quinn (Sligo) and Carol Hackett (Longford); brothers, Gerard (Ballyjamesduff) and John (Longford) and friend Conor.
Born at Sexton’s in 1955 the late Evelyn Duignan attended St Joseph’s Primary School in Longford town and Ballymahon Convent of Mercy. Following her education, she went to work in Dublin where she spent time in the employ of Sun & Alliance.
Evelyn’s loves in life included her family and friends, books, travelling and jewellery - so it came as little surprise to those who knew and loved her, when she subsequently returned to Longford after her stint in Dublin and opened up her own book store – ‘Reader’s Digest’, which was located along Longford town’s bustling Ballymahon Street.
She was as fanatic about books as she was passionate about reading, and it was a love that remained with her throughout her whole life. She later established a second business in the town – ‘Presents’ also based on Ballymahon Street, a store that boasted and array of beautiful and wonderful gifts that families across the whole county could enjoy.
The late Evelyn Duignan was also employed by a number of very well established local businesses during her time in Longford, and she had travelled all over the world before her untimely passing.
In recent years she had settled in Co Donegal, and, during what was to be her last visit to her home town, at Christmas, Evelyn expressed an interest in returning to Longford to live. She also loved the sea and was an avid swimmer; she was passionate about music and Rory Gallagher and Van Morrison were among Evelyn’s favourite artists.
The late Evelyn Duignan passed away at her home in Co Donegal on January 7, 2013. The large crowds that gathered to bid a final farewell to her was testament to esteem in which she and the Duignan family are held. She was laid to rest at Ballymacormack Cemetery on January 12 following Mass of the Resurrection at St Mel’s Cathedral Centre.
She is survived by her daughters, brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and Conor. May she Rest in Peace.