Carmel O’Brien (née Blythe)

2 Old Fort Road, Kevinsfort, Sligo.

4 Nov, 2023

Peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at Sligo University Hospital. Carmel, predeceased by her beloved husband Tommy, brother Dermot and sister Madeline Honan.

Loving mother of Rory, Mary, Patrick and Cormac and dear grandmother of Cian, Aaron, Laoise, Robyn, Lauren, Aoife, Shona and Tadgh.

She will be sadly missed by her sons, daughter, grandchildren, son-in-law John Moynihan, daughter-in-law Orla, Cormac’s partner Charlotte, brother Vinnie, sisters Aileen Lowery, Moira Gautron and Rosaleen Jones, brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Rest in Peace.

Reposing at her residence on Wednesday evening from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Funeral will arrive to The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo for Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12:00pm. A private Cremation Service will take place for family after.

You are welcome to stream Carmel’s funeral mass live by clicking ‘Live Stream’ below.

Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Benbulben COPD Support Group care of The Foley and McGowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, Sligo.

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  1. So sad to hear of Carmel’s death.
    A wonderful lady.

    Sincere sympathy to Rory, Mary, Patrick and Cormac and the extended family.

    Liz Mullan and Harry Whelehan

  2. Heartfelt condolences to Rory, Mary, Patrick and Cormac on the sad passing of your dear mother Carmel.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time ❤️🙏

  3. My deepest sympathies on your loss. I am in Colorado and unfortunately will miss the funeral. Your mum was a lovely lady.
    Especially to you Cormac we had some great times and I hope those memories will ease the pain of losing two great people your Mum and Dad.
    Damian Heaslip

  4. Dear Mary and family,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

    Take Care and God Bless
    Love Ange, Izzy and Shea (Australia) x☘️

  5. Sincere condolences Rory and family on the passing of your mother. Thinking of you during this very tough time. Ronnie Duignan

  6. Very sorry to hear of Carmels death a lovely woman bless her may she rest in peace

  7. Sincere condolences to Patrick, Rory, Mary and Cormac on the passing of your mother Carmel.

    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam

  8. Deepest sympathy to Rory, Mary, Patrick and Cormac and extended family on the passing of your mother, Auntie Carmel. So sorry I cannot be with you, thinking of you at this sad time. May she rest in peace.


  9. My deepest condolences to Rory, Mary, Patrick, Cormac, their significant others, and all of Carmel’s doted on grandchildren. My thoughts are also with Carmel’s siblings Vinnie, Aileen, Moira and Rosaleen at this time. I take solace thinking that Dermot and Madeline are now with her. Blessed to have had many happy memories of time spent with the O’Brien’s, and spent my first year in college living there. Carmel and Tommy spoiled me a bit, it was like living at home, but with the added bonus of always having dogs around. I loved the home they created together, there was always laughter and bantering. My thoughts are with you all. Sending love and hugs. God speed Carmel, proud to have your middle name, I will try to live up to its Hebrew meaning of gardener and create some beauty in this world like you did.

    Death is nothing at all.
    It does not count.
    I have only slipped away into the next room.
    Nothing has happened.

    Everything remains exactly as it was.
    I am I, and you are you,
    and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

    Call me by the old familiar name.
    Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
    Put no difference into your tone.
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
    Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It is the same as it ever was.
    There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
    What is this death but a negligible accident?

    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
    somewhere very near,
    just round the corner.

    All is well.
    Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
    One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
    How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!

    – Henry Scott Holland

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