The unexpected death of Jemeel Devaney shocked the entire community, both in Templemore where she was born and reared, and in Portlaoise where she resided with her husband Gerry, also from Templemore, and their 3 children.
Daughter of Teresa and Tommy Devaney, Park Road, Templemore Jemeel died at the tender age of 34.
A past pupil of St Joseph’s Primary School and Our Lady’s Secondary School, Jemeel was an exceedingly bright pupil and went on to study law in U.C.D.
She met and married Gerry Walsh and they set up home in Portlaoise where Gerry worked. She was a bubbly character, had a mind of her own, and always would let you know where you stood with her. As well as that she was full of devilment, but always in a loving kind of way.
She played camogie with the Templemore girls, football for a while and thoroughly enjoyed and had great fun when the class performed the musical Grease in their final years.
She worked part time for several years in Templemore Arms Hotel while in school and at college – in the bar, restaurant and kitchen and had a great rapport with all members of staff and public alike.
Jemeel and Gerry’s children attend the GaelScoil in Portlaoise where local Castleiney man Dominic Brennan is Principal. He paid glowing tributes to Jemeel and her involvement with the school and also outside activities connected with the school, helping out with supervision, swimming, karate and the local football team.
She leaves behind a grieving husband Gerry, three children, Matthew, Alex and Sarah, Mum Teresa, Dad Tommy, brother Nigel, sisters Lisa, Karen and Danielle, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, mother-in-law Betty, god daughter Adrya, nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many friends to whom sincere sympathy is extended.
Huge crowds attended the reposing of remains in Portlaoise to bid a fond farewell to their beloved Jemeel.
Following Requiem Mass burial took place in Portlaoise.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.