Sister Ellen Galvin
1928 – 2019
Born: 26th June 1928
Entered Religious Life: 9th April 1947
Died: 18th March 2019
Ellen, called in Religion, Sr. Ellen Galvin was born in Swords to Amelia (nee Carpenter) and John Galvin on the 22 June, 1928. She was the eldest of nine children, four of whom survive her, her sisters Rita and Sr. Noel and brothers, Wally and Noel. She entered the Religious Sisters of Charity in 1947 and was professed in 1950.
She had a long and interesting life. She ministered in Ireland, and used her many talents and gifts. She was a wonderful cook and was most creative, especially in producing ‘masterpieces’ in cakes. She could recreate any object into a beautiful cake.
In her later years she studied at Plater College, Oxford and at the great age of 81 she achieved a PhD for ‘A Mystic in Search of a Unifying Truth: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’. She also wrote a short book about her grandfather called ‘Walter Carpenter: A Revolutionary.’
She also produced a book of Poems called ‘Challenging the Eagles’. On the back of the book we read: “Ellen’s poems flow from the beauty and wonder of nature. Her poetry transcends the present – pointing to the beyond.” They also reveal a deep spirituality.
She retired to Lakelands in 2013 and spent five years there when she transferred to Loyola, Merrion in May, 2018. Her time, during these years, was mainly given to prayer, reading and writing.
Her later years were marred by ill-health and this was very difficult for a person of her temperament and disposition and it was very hard for her to have to rely on other people for her every need.
Sincere thanks to the doctors and nurses in both St. Vincent’s Hospital and the Heart Failure Unit in Dun Laoghaire for their wonderful care of her during her last months. Special thanks to the nurses, carers and staff of Lakelands where she spent five years. Words could not express our thanks for the care she received in Loyola. Her family were a great support to her and she treasured their visits.
Ellen was at peace and had no fear. May she now enjoy that everlasting peace which she desired. R.I.P.