THE DEATH of Derrylin community worker woman Alice Murphy on her 66th wedding anniversary has shocked the community.
Renowned in the area for her helpful and generous nature Alice helped raise funds for local charities, sat on Boards of Governors at both St Aidan’s and St Ninnidh’s, visited the sick and regularly brought neighbours to the doctor and hospital.
Fondly known as ‘Allie’ she was born in 1930, the second of three daughters to Frank and Alice McGinnity, of Cardoola, Roslea.
Leaving school at 14 to help her father on the farm in 1947, she went to work at Coranny Post Office.
Marooned by the ‘Big Snow’ that year she had to live in the Post Office for six weeks.
Over those early years of her life, she also worked in Belfast and on the Isle of Wight.
In 1948 she came to Derrylin as a bookkeeper in Blake’s, soon meeting her husband Owen, a member of the famous Starlight Band.
After marriage, they settled in Aughakillymaude to work on the family farm and rear their eight children; Mary, John, Francis, Eileen, Eugene, Anne, Martin, Pauline.
Her family described her as a wonderful mother, a generous and loving grandmother to her 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Allie was a woman who was generous to a fault, a natural story-teller with a great sense of humour.
At her Requiem Mass Fr Gerard Alwill highlighted her great faith saying, “ “From her very youngest years until the day she died, prayer was an essential part of her everyday life.”
She was pre-deceased by her husband Owen .
Following Requiem Mass in St Ninnidh’s Church, Derrylin the burial was to the adjoining cemetery.
Posted: 6:09 pm November 17, 2019