Death Notice: Nora Downey (née O’Sullivan), formerly of Main Street

1928-2015 Nora Mary Downey (née O'Sullivan) - better known as Noreen SalNora Downey née O’Sullivan, sister of Kevin, Dennis and Sheila of Main Street, passed away peacefully on Sunday 8th March in England.

She leaves behind Her daughter, Joanna, saddened but glad she is reunited in heaven with her husband Pat and son Shaun.

May she rest in peace.


Nora Mary Downey (25th July 1928 – 8th March 2015) was a sister of Kevin ‘Sal’ O’Sullivan, and would have been known as Noreen ‘Sal’ around Millstreet.

Nora and her husband Pat celebrated 60 years of marriage in 2014. Sadly Pat passed away in September 2014, so now they are reunited together again.

Here’s a nice photo of her from the 1950s where people may recognise her better from her younger days. (i+)

Her son Shaun was a photographer, and took this striking photo in the Malpaso Bar in 2009.

with thanks to Joanna for the for the details on her mum.

1 thought on “Death Notice: Nora Downey (née O’Sullivan), formerly of Main Street”

  1. Nora Sal O Sullivan as a young person left the Town of Millstreet
    Beyond the borders of Duhallow there was adventure and new challenges in life for her for to meet
    Far from the Town she was raised in destined for to live elsewhere
    As one more to grow old in the big World out there

    Born and raised in the Town near where Finnow waters flow
    Her brothers Dennis and Kevin now deceased i did know
    The Sal O Sullivans links to Millstreet to an old history belong
    And the bond of belonging until death remains strong

    In England Nora O Sullivan did have a change of surname
    Through the union of marriage to her late husband Pat Nora Downey she became
    As a photographer her late talented son Shaun P Downey in the W W W is deservedly widely known
    One can say of him he was in a class of his own

    She left Millstreet Town many decades ago
    But time that rusts iron becomes everyone’s foe
    The Parish where her’s was a known and loved face
    Not destined to be for her a final resting place

    A last Winter, Spring and Summer and Fall
    The journey in life it does end for us all
    And though the last breath of life from her may have gone
    Good memories in family and friends of Nora Downey will surely live on.

    “Nora Downey” is by Francis Duggan

    (added by mdc)

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