Photo of Rita Clohessy (seated) with Paula Briody in Tipperary Institute.
RITA CLOHESSY, mum and friend, colleague and fixer, died peacefully in her County Tipperary home. She leaves behind memories that sweep over hundreds of Tipperary third level graduates in the calm sea of gratitude she graciously filled with her caring nature.
I've known Rita Clohessy since the earliest days of this century when the two of us shared an office space in Thurles across the road from the newly-commissioned Tipperary Institute. Rita shared practical life lessons ranging across the spectrum of the best way to control mice in the cupboard to how to divert critical funding into youth training programmes. She could fix things before I knew they were broken. Behind the scenes, her special touch smoothed out wrinkles during major events we held on both campuses of the Tipperary Institute.
For all of her life, Rita remained true to the family values that make Ireland the most special place on earth. Rita brought those family values to the workplace where they were welcomed as part of the Tipperary Institute culture. Like many of us, she hoped that caring culture would be infused to the big school house in Limerick. Rita has left that important call to action to those of us who will carry her loving memory into classrooms, community groups and programme boards to serve the needs of young people who aspire to learn to learn in a caring environment Rita Clohessy helped to shape.
Rest in peace, Rita. We'll be praying at your 1130 funeral Mass on Thursday, 26 February in St James Church, Twomileborris, County Tipperary. We'll be standing in a guard of honour for you after the Requiem Mass.