Sr. Marie Galvin, R.I.P.

Sr. Marie Galvin died peacefully at St. Columban’s Nursing Home, Magheramore, Wicklow on 17th January 2020. Sr. Marie is sadly missed by all. 

Recalling  John ODonohue’s poem on Beannacht can give us strength and gather our experience of having journeyed with a loved one about to cross the divide.

                                                                      On the day when

the weight deadens

on your shoulders

and you stumble,

may the clay dance

to balance you.

And when your eyes

freeze behind

the grey window

and the ghost of loss

gets in to you,

may a flock of colours,

indigo, red, green,

and azure blue

come to awaken in you

a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays

in the currach of thought

and a stain of ocean

blackens beneath you,

may there come across the waters

a path of yellow moonlight

to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,

may the clarity of light be yours,

may the fluency of the ocean be yours,

may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow

wind work these words

of love around you,

an invisible cloak

to mind your life.

John O’Donohue

Beannacht/Blessing, Echoes of Memory.


The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, 20th January, at 11.30am in the Convent Chapel, Magheramore, Wicklow, followed by burial in the Convent Cemetery.

Marie, May you Rest in peace