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  • Northside East

The 'Queen of Baldoyle' Lilly Farrell is laid to rest

Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 6:00pm
The 'Queen of Baldoyle'  Lilly Farrell is laid to rest

The late Lilly Farrell was known as the ‘Queen of Baldoyle’.

The 'Queen of Baldoyle'  Lilly Farrell is laid to rest

The late Lilly Farrell was known as the ‘Queen of Baldoyle’.

NINETY-SIX members of Lilly Farrell’s immediate family were among the chief mourners at her funeral, which took place at St Peter & Paul’s Church, Baldoyle, last Tuesday week, January 14.

Mrs Farrell, who was aged 92, and known locally as the ‘Queen of Baldoyle’, had 15 children, 26 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Traffic in the seaside village came to a halt as a huge crowd of family, friends and neighbours packed into the church and overflowed into the churchyard and on to the street for her funeral Mass.

Chief Celebrant was Rev. Peter O’Connor, assisted by family friend, Rev. Gabriel Flynn. Eurovision winner Linda Martin, together with Shane Barriscale, Mary O’Connor, Pat Kelly and Ronan Murray provided the music.

Earlier, Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee, arrived to sympathise with the family.

Mrs Farrell was pre-deceased by her adored husband Joe, sons John and Jim, grandson, Stuart and twin great grandchildren Liam and Grace.

A native of The Ward, County Dublin, Lilly came to live in Baldoyle in 1953, where she became one of the best-known figures in the community, earning for herself the title ‘Queen of Baldoyle’.   

Lilly’s home was always open to all, as she entertained family and friends to cups of tea, all the news of the neighbourhood and dispensed wise advice.

She created beautiful pictures in cross-stitch, did daily puzzles to keep her sharp brain active and loved her garden.

In 2017, over 100 people attended her 90th birthday party at the Royal Marine Hotel, Sutton, when she received a letter of congratulations from President Michael D Higgins.

Speaking at the funeral, Lilly’s daughter Jackie said: “Our Mam was a very gifted and talented lady, who had a smarter and sharper mind than all of us put together. 

She and our Dad gave us the great gift of love. They loved each other so much and they passed it on to all of us. 

“Now she has gone to join him and our lives will never be the same.”

Lilly was lowered into her grave in Fingal Cemetery on to a bed of over 100 white roses. 

Later 300 people returned to her home for a last farewell lunch for the lady who never allowed a visitor leave without a cup of tea and the best homemade cake.

Lilly is survived by her daughters Brid, Betty, Sheila, Jackie, Catherine and Miriam and sons Patsy, Paul, Tom, Bartle, Jodie, Christy and Aidan. 

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