Sr. Eymard Downey R.I.P.
Sr. Eymard (Christina) Downey was born in Ballyroe, Jenkinstown, Co Kilkenny, on l7 December 1917. Her parents were James and Brigid Downey. Having completed her education, Eymard entered St John of God Novitiate , Wexford on 1 January 1936. She made First Profession on 2 June 1939 and Final Profession on 1 January 1945.
On completion of her nurse training in Mercy Hospital, Cork, Eymard ministered in many of our Hospitals, including Haughton Hospital, New Ross, Castlecomer District Hospital, County Hospital, Wexford; Edenderry and finally Parkton Nursing Home, Enniscorthy. Eymard showed a loving concern for all those to whom she ministered. –
In 1990 she retired to St John of God Convent, Wexford. She had a great interest in life up to the end. She enjoyed visits from her brother Shem, her sister Nan, her nieces and nephews and extended family. She had a keen interest in sport and was very proud of the achievements on the playing field of her brother Shem and her nieces Angela and Anne.
Eventually ill health took its toll. She was lovingly cared for by her Sisters in Community and the carers in Wexford Convent. She died peacefully in her ninety fourth year, on 16 June 2012.
Following her Requiem Mass at the St John of God Convent, Newtown Road, she was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery. We thank God for all she has given so generously throughout her life and pray that she now enjoys the fullness of life with God.