Death of Yvonne Blennerhassett

An An Appreciation by Andrew Eadie

It was a great shock to learn of the death of Yvonne on July 20th 2021. While aware of her continuing battles with ill health it had been hoped that a recovery was underway. The loss of such a caring, empathetic, friendly and talented person is great to those of us who worked with her and counted her as a friend. How much worse her loss is to her dearest husband Tom, son Jonathon with his wife Anne Marie and her beloved grandchildren Sam & Isobel and to whom we send our deepest sympathies.

Yvonne retired as the Diocesan Secretary of the United Dioceses of Limerick, Killaloe & Ardfert on 30th June, 2021 following a decade of service to the dioceses. She is highly regarded in the Church of Ireland for her work ethic, skilled and visionary outlook with general helpful and knowledgeable advice on diocesan matters while providing a listening ear and supportive communication to the volunteers and clergy in each parish. She also organised that School News should be included in the diocesan magazine, Newslink. She became Diocesan Secretary following her retirement as the senior Human Resources (HR) officer in Kerry County Council (KCC).
Yvonne was appointed as a Diocesan Lay Reader during Bishop Mayes’ time as Bishop of the United Dioceses and gave of her best in this role too.

Yvonne decided to retire last January to spend time with her family and catch up on other interests. While cruel that this time proved so short, Yvonne received her medical care in Dublin and spent many days with her beloved grandchildren who kept spirits high and enriched these times.

With continuing public health restrictions her funeral in Ballyseedy church could only be attended by close family members on 22nd July. From her house to to the graveyard the route was lined with loving neighbours and friends bidding farewell to a wonderful person plucked from our midst. We give thanks for all she gave in dedicated service to the church and the example she leaves. May she rest in peace and the loving consolation of Christ surround her family