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Tribute to my Mother in law twin sister JANE CONEYS (nee O’Halloran)
  
 EULOGY 25/02/2020

My Mum Jane was born in 1921 as one of identical twins to Catherine and Michael O’Halloran; they had one younger Brother and 7 older Brothers and Sisters, the eldest one being born in 1910. She lived with her Family on the Island of Inishbofin in beautiful Galway Bay. Inishbofin is one of the most Westerly places in Europe looking in one direction towards the mountains of Connemara and in the other to the wild Atlantic and the Americas.

When Mum and her brothers and sisters were born life was basic and very tough and the Islanders had to be self-sufficient growing their own crops such as Potatoes. They reared their own Sheep, Cattle and Poultry. They also fished the Atlantic for Fish for themselves and to sell. Selling Fish was an important source of income to the Islanders. Tourism was very much in its infancy and virtually none existent. Electricity was also none existent for the Islanders. Light was by Oil lamp and Turf fires were used for cooking and warmth. This way of life had remained pretty much unchanged for Generations.

In 1943, with Europe in the throes of WW2, Mum went to work in Dublin and in 1946 she came to England to train as a Nurse in Southport. Her Twin Sister Helen travelled in the opposite direction to Chicago in the USA. Migration to North America and England was, and still is, a well-trodden path for Irish people hoping to shape a better life in the future.

Mum had met my Dad Thomas whilst he was visiting Inishbofin in 1946. Dad had survived WW2 having served in some of the toughest scenarios of that War. They married in 1948 and I was born in 1949 and my Brother Desmond arrived in 1952. At that time we lived in Rochdale close to my Dads Family. In 1957 we moved to live in Blackburn and went to live in Pink Street, which was anything but pink. Pink Street was an interesting place especially as we lived opposite Bank Top Working Men’s Club (affiliated) which on Concert nights was an indirect source of a variety of entertainment not all of it good.

Mum and Dad worked hard at their chosen Professions, Mum as a Nurse and Dad as a Bus Driver for the Ribble Bus Company. We moved to Redlam in 1962 into a house with a Bathroom.....wow.....no more tin Baths.... and no we didn’t share the Bathwater!!!

Mum liked a fairly quiet life, enjoyed spending time with new friends mainly made from her job as a Nurse. In the summer we usually made the Annual Pilgrimage to the West of Ireland and the Island of Inishbofin which as I grew up I and my Brother enjoyed exploring. We marvelled at night at the silence, the big starlit skies with all of the Milky Way in full view.

Occasionally we would see the shimmering light show of the Northern lights; these were experiences never to be forgotten. As we grew up we were treated to some of the darker tales of Inishbofin’s history, of the Island’s Cromwellian Castle, a sinister ruin which even now is a place not to linger. Tales also of German U Boats surfacing in the Coastal waters close to Inishbofin, usually at night, either on their way to or from their deadly missions in the North Atlantic. Southern Ireland was a Neutral Country during WW2 so Irish coastal waters provided a brief respite for the U Boats.

Later in her life Mum spent holidays in Spain or Greece with my Brother Des. However she was always happiest when visiting Twin Sister Helen in Roscommon or Brother Paddy on Inishbofin. She would often visit for 3 months at a time making the trip, after my Dad died, on her own.

In 1996 on a trip to Ireland my Mum and Dad survived an emergency landing at Manchester Airport shortly after take-off when part of the Aircraft’s landing gear hydraulics failed. Mum got her Rosary beads out and Dad apparently remained unphased by the tricky situation they were in. The Pilot landed the Plane by skidding onto Grass and it took 72 seconds to disembark the Passengers using the emergency System.  Undaunted they boarded a flight the following day and enjoyed their usual holiday.

Thanks to Mum and Dad’s hard work both I and my late Brother were able to pursue our Education and our future careers. It wasn’t without its challenges but we got there intact.

For all of this I thank you.

Mum outlived all of her siblings, many of her friends, my Dad and my younger Brother who died in May 2019. Although she was not aware of my Brothers death, I think she sensed it and quietly turned to her very strong faith and started to make her retreat towards the end of her life.

She witnessed many changes during the course of almost a hundred years of a varied life always doing her best for those around her.

I would like to thank our special friends Rita and Peter Shorrock and my wife Hazel for their unwavering support throughout and to my Cousins Susan and Janet; Carmel Anne O’Halloran; Andrew Coleman; Martina Goss and James Calt.

Hopefully by the time this is published the World is in a better place. Take care God bless you all.

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