Appreciating Mrs Bernie Quinsey RIP

Happy Memories of Mrs Quinsey

I used to call into Mrs Quinsey in Turret road when I lived in Balgaddy (South Lucan) in the 90’s.

She always made me very welcome. Like a VIP.

She was lovely really

She had a great relationship  with Jimmy, her husband,  who  I really liked too.

God help  him now.

It’s a long time ago and I am sorry to say I lost touch a bit with Joe and Turret road.

When I got married I did not have as much time for visiting or keeping up with friends.

But a vivid  bright light shines in my mind when I think of Bernie, as Mrs Quinsey was called.

I can see her always smiling  and caring so much about everyone as mothers do.

A beautiful, sensitive and intelligent soul.

Appreciating Mary Hurley

Appreciating my good friend, Mary (Pat) Hurley

I got very emotional tonight when Robbie told me his Ma had died.

She  meant a lot to me. She prayed a lot for me. One of my pillars.

Mary was really a character. We had some great laughs

She suffered a lot and so much that many people couldn’t really believe it.

It seemed that she liked being sick because she was sick so often.

Still she had her little smoke and her little contented house and her beloved family, heartbreakingly complicated as all Irish families are, it seems

She loved Our Lady. Boy, did she.

She ended up right next door to the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Rowlagh. How fitting.

She might be called St Mary Pat of Rowlagh.

But she could be a divil and drive you mad too.

How truly loveable was Mary.  How human. How caring. A strong heart of love.

How we will miss her. Mary really helped me a lot.

I will miss her total genuiness and almost extreme dedication to God

and her quaint womanly ways too.

A  very intelligent lady. So proud of her children.

Background to Local Home Based Support Group (Baldoyle)

I care for my mother, Mary, part time, as she has dementia. I have found the Alzheimer’s society (ASI) online support groups very helpful so now that most people are vaccinated, I am starting a wee support group in my own kitchen, with the blessing of my wife, Maura, who is also a nurse. very simple, only about 5 or 6 people max, cup of tea or coffee and chat for an hour or so, once a month

Upcoming Home Based Support Group

Please ring or text me, Paul, 0872999241 if you are interested in a small local (Baldoyle)

home based support group for families and friends and carers of people with dementia

or whats app 0852548244

Meeting Monday November 8th 7.30pm, please God

and December 13th and January 10th, (no meeting in February)…..

just for and an hour or so

Free of charge

refreshments provided

Free Online Course on UNDERSTANDING Dementia

Free Useful Online Course

for everyone

Next February

on Understanding Dementia

(with no exams or paperwork)

Just Google

‘Dementia MOOC Australia’

to enrol online before end of January deadline

(and don’t forget!)

[not too hard, not too long, only 8 weeks,

and really very interesting]

for more details contact Paul 0872999241