John Delaney pays tribute at mother’s funeral: ‘She was a woman. She was a different class’

John Delaney, former chief executive officer of the FAI, today remembered his mother as a woman who made everyone feel special with her kindness and looked for the best in everyone and every situation.

Oan Delaney died of a sudden stroke at home on Monday, and his funeral took place today at St. Michael’s Church in downtown Tipperary.

She is mourned by her husband Joe, children Joan, John, Paul, Mary-Pat, and Jane, brothers and extended family.

In a eulogy at the end of Requiem Mass, John Delaney said: “In May, Natasha and I introduced her to our newest grandson, Josephine, and I’m glad we had the opportunity.”

He spoke emotionally of his mother, who was born in Cork in 1940, and grew up in Waterford before moving to Tipperary, where she lived for more than 50 years.

He described how he woke up to several missed phone calls in London from Sunday night to Monday morning, and the news was “the worst imaginable”. But he was later able to virtually say goodbye as he was joined by other family members who were at his bedside.

He said that Joan was a cancer survivor twice in her life, and she fought it bravely and without complaint.

“She was a great mother to us, always to us. The giver, not the taker. She gave a lot and asked for nothing. She made everyone feel special with her kindness. She would look for the best in everyone and every situation.” She was bright and she was intelligent, and she was not a decision-maker,” Mr. Delaney said.

“She loved each of us as children and grandchildren. Never left anyone. She was considerate and consistent, and she was faithful to the origin. And she would protect us all like a lioness with her cubs.” will protect.”

“The great Jack Charlton once stayed overnight, but it didn’t matter who you were. If you were family friends, latest boyfriend, latest girlfriend, ma’am treated you like that. That was his way.” You never left hungry, and problems were solved over a cup of tea and a sandwich.”

“She made an indelible impression on everyone she touched. She was a woman. She was a different class,” he said, adding that Joan was very funny, and had a great sense of humor, and she was a great community person, who Every enterprise in the area supported draws and lotteries.

“Her words were great. The troubles shared are halved, everything passes, take it by the hour or by the day, your health is your wealth, better days will come,” he explained.

Mr Delaney said being sick in the kitchen at home told her to “take care of the father” whom she had known for nearly 68 years after meeting him at a party, when she was 15 at her parents’ house. She was

“Of course, I will miss her. She was always there for me. And I was with her, messaging, for three months during Covid. And now those days will mean a lot more to me than they were then. She will always be the only one.” The phone call was away. In May Natasha and I introduced her to her newest grandson, Josephine, and I’m glad we had the opportunity. The last time I spoke to her was last Saturday,” he told mourners Told.

In the end, he said that Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson once told him that he would give up everything if he could go back home for 24 hours and meet his mam and dad. Mr. Delaney said he would do the same today and would return to Co-Claire’s in Kilki, where he had fond memories of his childhood summer vacations.

Symbols from Joan Delaney’s life brought to the altar included a picture of her and her husband Joe, a Kilkee sign, a small Christmas tree to represent their love of that season, and the family celebrations surrounding it.

Joan’s husband Joe also spoke about his memories of meeting Joan and sharing their lives together in Tipperary.

After Requiem Mass Joan’s remains were brought to St. Michael’s cemetery for burial.