Sr. Reynagh Carr R.I.P.
Sr. Reynagh (Alice) Carr was born in Curreeney, Kilcommon, Thurles, Co. Tipperary on 9th June 1914. She was one of seven children of Alice and Timothy Carr. She was the last surviving member of her family, one of whom was Sr. Hilda Carr, also a St. John of God Sister in Perth, Western Australia.
Sr. Reynagh entered St. John of God Novitiate, Wexford, on 22nd May 1932, made First Profession on 22nd April 1935 and Final Profession on 22nd April 1938.
Reynagh began her nursing ministry in Maypark Nursing Home, Waterford. She also ministered in Aut Even Hospital, Ushaw College, St. John of God Nursing Home Torquay and in the Irish College in Rome, before returning to Maypark Nursing Home where she continued to minister until her retirement in 1994 to John’s Hill Convent, Waterford. Reynagh had many lovable qualities; she was essentially a gentle, kind, generous and caring person and those entrusted to her care and her Sisters in community experienced these qualities in abundance. Needlecraft was her favourite pastime and she was particularly skilled at tapestries. Above all, she was a woman of deep faith and prayer. During her time as a patient in Maypark Nursing Home, the staff there paid her the following tribute of being the most gracious, appreciative and understanding patient they ever encountered. High praise indeed!
Reynagh was very special to her family and was always there for them in their joys and sorrows. Her niece, Mary O’Shea, attributed her vocation to become a St. John of God Sister to Reynagh’s inspiration.
After a long illness bravely borne, Reynagh died peacefully at St. John of God Convent, Wexford on 26th December 2009. Following Requiem Mass concelebrated by Monsignor Lory Kehoe and Fr. R. Liddane, she was laid to rest in the Convent Cemetery, Newtown Road.
Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dhilis.