For many years. I only knew Sheila Lyons as “one of the teachers in the Tech.”
Sheila joined the Ballinasloe Active Retirement Association shortly after
its formation in 2002. Since then, I’ve had the privilege of working closely with her and got to know her as a good friend and colleague.
We have worked together on the Social Committee of B.A.R.A. for the past three years and I would like to pay tribute to her hard work, dedication, organisation and input into that Committee. She was focused, level headed and always ready to lend a helping hand .Her constant smile and good humour will always be remembered.
We travelled that road together into the age of technology as we struggled with e-mails and Skype etc. at our computer classes. However, I had the advantage of broadband in town and it hadn’t yet arrived in Belfield, so Sheila, determined not to be left behind ,came to practice in my house.(not without the pot of home-made jam or brown scone!) I do hope Sheila they have Broadband in Heaven!
We also enjoyed working together on the Heritage Project under the guidance of Brendan Smith, D.E.R.I’s outreach officer in Galway. Sheila was one of the first to record her story about her childhood days in her beloved Kerry. It was one of a series of pod cast stories of pre-1950’s Ireland under the title of “Fado Fado” and is now available on D.V.D.
Over the years, we planned and organised many trips and outings both at home and away (making sure it didn’t interfere with her sporting interests). It was with a great sense of sadness that we learned of her death while we were on one such trip to Roses in Spain, (which she had helped to organise) in Sept. ‘09. We were glad she waited for us to come home to give us the opportunity to say our sad farewells.
We will miss your sense of fun, your hospitality, your company and in particular, your smile.
On behalf of the Social Committee, I extend our deepest sympathy to your beloved husband, Jimmy, who is also our Chairman, and to your lovely family.
May you rest in peace.