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Agnes (Aggie) Coyle RIP
The death has taken place of
Agnes, better known to her many friends as Aggie,
died in Sligo University Hospital,
on Thursday evening, 18 May.
Aggie was born on 22nd February 1947,
the second of the five children of Hugh and Bridget Maguire,
Aggie was only 16 when her mother died
and, at that early age, she took on the role of mother
for the other members of the family,
but especially for her youngest brother Frankie,
who was only three years of age at the time.
After she married Michael in 1969
she moved into his home place in Lisnanerris
and then took on the role of caring for and rearing her new family.
They had seven children,
daughters Angela, Martina, Carmel and Breda
and sons John, Micheál and Brian.
The times weren’t easy but Aggie totally dedicated herself
to looking after her family and
to making sure that they never wanted for anything.
In 1989 the family moved to Sheena.
In 2007 Aggie retired from her work in Abbott’s, Sligo.
She now dedicated herself to a new dimension of family life
as she took on the role of the caring grandmother.
She loved her grandchildren and they, in turn, loved her.
Aggie had numerous friends,
whether it be in Derrintovery and Lisnanerris,
or in Sheena and Drumkeeran,
or among her workmates in Sligo.
She loved meeting people and talking to them.
And they, in turn, found in her a loyal and trusting friend.
And she loved to enjoy life with her friends,
whether it be going on shopping trips,
or going to the Bingo,
or going away with the Women’s Group.
And one of her really delights,
was to go out for a meal with her friends.
She also had the gift of ‘green fingers’
when it came to growing flowers and, here again,
she was always happy to share her knowledge
and to share her plants with her friends.
In more recent years Aggie began to travel.
She travelled to England, to America
and even all the way to Australia.
Within Europe, she visited places such as Amsterdam and Barcelona.
One of the highlights of all her travels took place
in 2014 when she visited Rome.
She was completely overwhelmed by Rome
and by the Vatican, especially St Peter’s Basilica.
Aggie was a lady of a very deep and dedicated faith.
It was a faith that was centred on her own quiet prayer life
and on her attendance at Sunday Mass.
Throughout the difficult times in life
she received great solace and great strength from her faith.
A few months ago Aggie became seriously ill.
And, around the same time,
her brother Frankie, died suddenly.
Throughout her life Aggie had always shown a strong determination
in the face of the various difficulties that came her way.
She brought that same determination, that same courage,
into the way she dealt with her illness.
Aggie died on Thursday evening, 18 May.
The funeral took place on Sunday, 21 May.
The funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Gerard Alwill,
Assisted by Fr Francis Murray (Drumshanbo),
Fr John McTiernan (Belturbet)
And Fr cathal Faughnan (Keadue)
The huge crowd that attended the Mass
bore eloquent testimony to her personal popularity among the local community
and to the high esteem in which she and her family are held,
not only in Drumkeeran, but in the wider community.
She is survived by her daughters Angela, Martina, Carmel and Breda,
by her sons John, Micheál and Brian
and by her brother John.
After the Mass
Aggie was laid to rest in Drumkeeran Cemetery.