Warm tributes have been paid to Teresa Molloy, St Cynoc’s Terrace, Ferbane, who died last week following a long illness.
Teresa (73) was a founder member and former manager of Ferbane and District Credit Union. Although an unassuming woman who never sought the limelight, she was one of the best known and respected figures in the credit union movement.
She was a member of the study group established in 1990 to examine the feasibility of a credit union in the Ferbane district. She went on to serve as a director for 12 years, 10 of which she was also Treasurer. She stepped down to become full time manager, a post she held for 10 years. She retired last year.
As manager Teresa was acknowledged for her kindness, her empathy and efficiency.
She won widespread respect for her people skills, honed during her earlier career in Ferbane post office and later, as registrar of births, deaths and marriages for the Ferbane area. Teresa was noted for her no nonsense approach to problem solving and an extraordinary hard working manager.
She graduated with a Diploma in Credit Union Studies from UCC and was recognised for her expertise in the rules governing credit unions and, more recently, in the complexities of trade union governance and regulation.
Teresa was imbued with the spirt of the credit union movement and looked upon the founder Nora Herlihy as one of the most significant if neglected figures in Irish social history.
Her commitment to social solidarity was reflected in the membership in a wide range of community organisations, notably the GAA and as Treasurer of Ferbane Social Services Council. She was a staunch gaelic football supporter and played many backroom roles in Ferbane club. She was also a champion bridge player.
Daughter of the late Cllr Eddie Joe and Teresa Dooley she was a staunch Fianna Fáil supporter and had a lively interest in current affairs.
Central to Teresa’s life were her faith and her abiding commitment to her family. She bore her final illness with the determination, grace and courage which was the hallmark of her life.
Teresa is survived by her husband Tom, daughter Joan, sons, Ray and Shane, brothers Eamon, Séamus, sisters Anne, Mary, Josie, Katie, Lily and Barbara and granddaughter Aoibheann.
She was predeceased by two infant children, Paula and Eddie and last year by Damien, whose sudden death was a devastating blow to Teresa and the extended family.
Large crowds paid tribute to Ferbane on Thursday last at Gallen Nursing Home on Thursday and at the concelebrated Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Ferbane on Friday.
Chief Celebrant Fr Peter Burke said news of her death had been met with genuine sadness. Teresa had a deep sense of community and her life had been once of service. She had lived her deep faith through serving her community.
Guards of Honour were provided by former colleagues and officers of the credit union and by the E J Dooley Fianna Fáil cumann.