This evening we received the very sad news that our and, especially, Pádraig’s very good friend, Pat’s colleague Louise had died suddenly and unexpected.
Louise had been visiting Pádraig every Monday evening forever to read and chat to him as Gaeilge. She had always made a big effort to find something really interesting, like the book she had given as a Christmas present about a German woman reflecting in Irish about her life in Ireland. It is utterly and completely unreal that she isn’t with us anymore, that she won’t be coming anymore on those Monday evenings, that she won’t be reading all those wonderful stories to Pádraig anymore, that she won’t be traveling with us anymore..
She had been coming to Lourdes with Pádraig and us, last year even on the train from Germany. She had already planned this year’s journey with us.
There are no words to describe the loss and the sadness of her untimely death. We are all in shock. My heart and thoughts and prayers are with Louise’s family tonight. May she rest in peace.
Diane Rose said:
I’m so sorry for your loss. She sounds like sa real gift to those whose life she touched. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
One of Pádraig’s friends described her once as eccentric. I’d never have thought to use that word to describe her, but that’s what she was in her very own way, eccentric with a deep sense of care, friendship, and empathy, intelligent and funny in a brilliant way.
Gráinne M said:
May she rest in peace. 🙏
Her kind spirit and friendship will never leave us.
Norma Sexton said:
Always beyond our understanding.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis. Resting in True Peace.
It’s unbelievable how such enormous things happen with such ‘normality’. And the world keeps turning…
Very sad to hear this. Im glad to have met her on numerous occasions. Ar dheis dé go raibh a hanam. Níl sí imithe uainn ach imithe romhainn.
She’ll be with us, and with Pádraig, forever. He’ll never forget her sense of humour and understanding that made him smile…
Bríd Ingoldsby said:
Dear Reinhard, what an awful shock. Thanks to Pat for the call. We’ve all lost a great and loyal friend. She so loved her Mondays with Pádraig and was chatting away about him only last week. I’ll be in touch, Bríd.
Thank you, Bríd. I am still in denial, it’s so incredible.