It is with a great personal sadness that I learned of the death today, Monday 3rd April 2017, of Sr Xavier O’Dwyer, Ursuline Convent, Thurles, Co. Tipperary and formerly of Booleen, Bansha, Co. Tipperary.
Always during the many years of her long life, Sr Xavier was an incredibly caring, hard-working and dedicated teacher and primary school principal. For her, teaching truly was a vocation at the Ursuline convent’s ‘Scoil Angela’ in Thurles. She believed in all of her pupils and worked tirelessly to enable each and every one of them reach their true potential while striving for the best. In particular Sr Xavier loved poetry, speech and drama and many of her past pupils’ fondest memories will be of her teaching them poems and rhymes, that they can still recite, word perfect, to this very day.
Sr Xavier also spent many of her waking hours developing, maintaining, upgrading and resourcing her much loved educational facility, while also passing on much of her teaching talent to students, who in later years, would follow in her chosen profession of educator. Farewell most trusted and honest friend and to the Ursuline Community in Thurles and her family go my sincere sympathy at this sad time.
Predeceased by her brother Patrick and her sister Betty; Sr Xavier passed away peacefully while in the care and presence of her Ursuline Community.
Her passing is most deeply regretted by her sisters Kathleen (Crotty) and Joan (O’Dwyer); her nieces; nephews; grandnieces; grandnephews; her Ursuline Community and Congregation together with her Colleagues and Pupils (both past and present) in Scoil Angela.
The earthly remains of Sr Xavier will repose in the new Convent Oratory on tomorrow Tuesday, 4th April, from 3.00pm to 6.00pm with evening prayer at 6.00pm.
Note: Entrance to the new Convent Oratory is via the Secondary School, Templemore Road and also the Ulster Bank Carpark, Liberty Square, Thurles.
Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, April 5th, in the Cathedral of The Assumption beginning at 11.00am.
Interment will follow immediately afterwards in the Convent Cemetery.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.