The untimely death of Geraldine Foley has left a huge void, not just in the Foley and Buckley families, but in the whole community of Blarney and beyond.
Geraldine was the glue that was so powerful in binding many groups of people together. There is a song that includes the line “ …. to know me is to love me …” but in Geraldine’s case this was absolutely true. Everyone that had the good fortune to encounter Geraldine was drawn to her kind and generous heart and unfailing thoughtfulness and love. The many groups that she was part of are testament to her vitality, enthusiasm and popularity. As a family we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from the members of her many different groups, classes and individuals.
As a teacher in Blarney girls school and latterly in the boys school also she touched most families in Blarney. She is remembered by all as a kind and caring teacher and this is reflected in the many tributes paid to her by past pupils and their parents. As usual she made a significant contribution to the running of the school through her involvement in parents associations and board of management.
She loved Blarney and its people whom she knew so well. She always supported local shops and businesses and felt it was very important to do so. She was an integral part of church life in Blarney always attending Sunday mass and participating as a minister of the word for many years. Her family and close friends were the most important part of her life. She always felt lucky and priviliged in her life but, for those of us that really knew and loved her, we were the priviliged ones. She was so happy and grateful to see her four boys grow up to be fine young men who have carved out great lives for themselves and also provided the enormous joy of beautiful grand children.
We want to sincerely thank all the crowds of people that sympathised with us on the death of our beautiful Geraldine and trust that you, like us, will always remember her as the beautiful, kind, enthusiastic and loving person that she was.
Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.