Tears fell from the heavens as the late Kay Tierney (nee Mockler), Brittas Road, Thurles was laid to rest in her native soil yesterday morning in the presence of family and friends.
Devoted mother, daughter and wife; great neighbour; committed work colleague; outgoing and friendly towards the casual acquaintance; Kay Tierney departed this life way too early having fought illness with great bravery and fortitude.
A member of the well known and highly respected Mockler family, Kay and her extended relatives have left, and continue to leave, a very tangible mark of good on the Cathedral Town, and wherever they come to reside. Their positive and kind disposition endears them to many and it was these qualities that helped make Kay such a respected lady in Thurles.
Growing up in Brittas Road, and indeed continuing to reside there, Kay was very proud of her Thurles roots and heritage - a pride fostered in her by her loving father Paddy and mother Kitty. Indeed, Kitty who has been so saddened by her daughters passing, can take some solace in the fact that Kay was a Thurles lady through and through - and a very popular one at that.
Kay worked in the County Library Headquarters in Thurles for many years where she was regarded as a very valuable member of the team. Her courtesy and sense of right was always refreshing and as one of the public faces of the library service, she exuded a positive image for an organisation she cared greatly about.
However, when it came to Kay’s devotion, it was her family which received her undivided attention. Together with her husband PJ, she delighted in her children Tom, Kate and Bridann of whom they can be justifiably proud. The Tierney household was a very happy one with PJ and Kay presiding over a very special atmosphere achieved only in the best of Irish homes. While that atmosphere has been clouded by Kay’s passing, the memories of her goodness, her motherly love and her devotion to all the extended members, will certainly survive.
Kay had many interests in life and she loved nothing more than chatting with people, especially her neighbours. She was a regular visitor to those in her community and delighted in the art of conversation which was always interesting and thought provoking. Her neighbours will miss her greatly.
Although in failing health for some time, Kay’s passing came as a big shock to her family and friends. It is hard to believe that a lady of such vitality has gone to meet her Maker. That sense of shock was very evident at the removal of her Remains from Egan’s funeral home on Monday evening and again in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Tuesday morning for funeral Mass which was followed by burial in St Patrick’s Cemetery.
Kay’s brother-in-law, and great friend, Fr Celsus Tierney, CC Holycross, was the Chief Celebrant at the funeral Mass which was a celebration of Kay’s all too short life. It was a beautiful tribute to a lady who meant so much to so many people.
Her mother Kitty, ever present during Kay’s life, was also present at her passing, and though greatly saddened by her loss, she can take huge consolation in having watched her daughter come into the world, grow from child to lady, to wife and mother. Kay has left a wonderful legacy in her three children and Kitty can take much solace in her grandchildren.
The people of Thurles and all those who knew and respected the Tierney’s and Mocklers turned out in force to pay their final respects and offer their support to the bereaved - that support was much appreciated at a very difficult time and will provide the platform from which those who mourn her loss can re-build their lives.
Kay Tierney certainly left her mark in this life, and will do so in the next. She will keep a constant eye out for all her friends from her vantage point in Heaven. But, as in life, her devotion will continue to be to PJ, Tom, Kate, Bridann, her mother Kitty, her family and friends.
May she rest peacefully in the heaven she strived for, throughout her life.