Sister Maura Tyrell
1932 – 2012
Born: 23rd August 1932
Entered Religious Life: 9th November 1953
Died: 22nd November 2012
In appreciation of Sr Maura Tyrell
Below is Sr Maura’s obituary followed by the ‘Welcome’ given at her funeral Mass and some personal reflections from sisters who knew her.
Mary Patricia, daughter of Edward Tyrrell and Mary Smith, was born in Dublin on 23rd August 1932. She was the only girl in a family of seven.
Having completed her secondary education in Saint Joseph’s Mountjoy Street, in 1951, she worked as a Post Office Assistant for two years before entering the novitiate of the Sisters of Charity on 9th November 1953. She received the habit and the name Sr. Louis de Montfort on 18th May 1954, and made her profession on 22nd May 1956. She spent a year in St. Patrick’s Kilkenny, and a year in Basingstoke, after which she pursued a course in Teacher Training in Digby Stuart Froebel Institute. During that time she was a member of Hammersmith Community.
Maura ministered in England and Zambia between 1957 and 1993, when she returned to Ireland. From that time onward she was engaged in remedial work with children in the Primary School in Stanhope Street.
She was a born teacher and really loved her work with children. She had a ready smile, reflecting the joy she experienced in helping children with learning difficulties.
In spite of her delicate health Maura never gave in. When eventually she could no longer engage in active work, she accepted her illness gracefully and was full of peace. She died in the Mater Hospital on 22nd November 2012.
At her funeral Mass in Aughrim Street on 26th November the church was filled almost to capacity with family, friends and some of the children from the Primary School, who sang the congregational song Caritas Christi at the end of the Mass.
She was laid to rest in Donnybrook.
Sr Philomena Sayers:
On behalf of Stanhope Street Community I welcome you all to our Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of our beloved Sr. Maura.
Welcome to Sr. Mary Christian, our Superior General and Sr. Phyllis our Provincial Leader.
A céad mile fáilte to Maura’s brother Fr. Paddy S.J who has come all the way from Chicago and her other brother Joe.
Welcome to her many nieces and nephews and their extended families. She loved you all so very dearly.
Welcome to the Teaches from the Primary School and the children, who will sing on of Maura’s favourite hymns at the end of Mass.
Maura trained as a teacher at Digby Stuart College, London and she continued her great love of teaching throughout her life. Have spent many years in England and Zambia she returned to Ireland 18 years ago.
Maura had a great enthusiasm for life. Early in the morning she would be found praying in the Chapel. She was kind, patient and full of compassion and hospitality was very important in her life. She never missed an opportunity to be of service to others, whether it was making her famous marmalade and cakes or gardening or driving somebody at short notice. Her greatest joy, however, was setting off across to the school to help the young children with some reading skills. Progress was always followed by little rewards.
She accepted her failing health with fortitude and acceptance. She retained her great interest in people to the very end and never lost her gentle smile.
Maura has left us many many memories.
We all miss you Maura.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
Sr Rosaleen Crossan:
Sr. Maura will always be remembered for her warm hospitable personality.
Maura welcomed everyone and she always had a cheery smile on her face.
You always felt Maura was glad to see you when you appeared.
Maura loved her garden and spent hours weeding and sorting out her plants. She was most generous in sharing out the bulbs she got each spring and in sharing the off plant she had nurtured.
Maura’s love for the children in the school was very evident in the way her face would light up as she talked about their innocence and achievements. In spite of not feeling well Maura would want to be over in the school with her little ones.
Her love for the school also showed in the way she was ever-ready to praise every staff member and she highlighted the wonderful work done at every level in the school.
As a community sister Maura was out-standing in her commitment to personal and common prayer. She was nearly always first in the chapel in the mornings and she was always supported the sister with her presence at all community rituals and meetings.
She was always extremely generous in helping out whether by driving sisters to destinations or by always lending a helping hand in all community. Her love for the Congregation was also every much to the fore during her last days when she repeated how happy she was to have been able to serve the poor over many years as a Sister of Charity.
Maura will be acutely missed in the Stanhope Street Community but we can rest assured that she is now present with us in a different level through the communion of saints
Sr. John Teresita:
Sr. Maura was a wonderful person she lived life with enthusiasm. She was very kind and generous. The children whom she taught loved her. She had a special love for those who had difficulty in keeping up with the class and devoted much of her time in teaching and encouraging them – The smallest progress was rewarded with little star stickers etc.
Maura loved gardening and added much colour to the convent surroundings with a vast variety of lovely blooms and flowers even strawberries and tomatoes responded to her devoted attention.
Maura was a lovely community sister. Often in the evenings she would be in the kitchen cooking her lovely cakes or delicious marmalade, of which there was always a supply.
Maura was a born and reared in the area, she was a fount of information. If we wanted to know anything about anything Maura would know the beginning and the end of it. She had a great memory.
Sadly as her health failed and she had to “let go” and rest her strong faith sustained her. Prayer and the rosary were her comfort – she dept her enthusiasm up to the end. She knew a new life was beginning with total resignation and acceptance she surrendered herself to God loving embrace.
With what joy will she behold the garden of Paradise!
Maura is sadly missed may her dear soul rest in peace.