“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

If you had to name all your Aunts and uncles, Una would be one of the first. Not because the others were less caring, loving or being glad to see them again. But Una was bubbly, asking questions, infectious. She stole the show.

Una was the youngest of seven children. She finished her leaving cert a year early and moved to Dublin before her 18th birthday. To make sure she was safe in ‘the big smoke’ she lived with her brother Donal and his wife Brigid first before moving into a very glamorous flat in Dublin 4 with her sister Breda. Breda and Una were so glamorous. They even had a white TV… and they had cars and maybe even a telephone. Hey! this was the early 70’s right.

Una worked at RTE where she met and eventually married Brian Pierce. It was great for the nephews/ nieces coming back home to meet up with them. We enjoyed it so much, going out for a meal, sharing photos, wry jokes and how about we were all getting on. Because Brian and Una were in Dublin I got to see them a lot. I only got back to Cork this year for the first time in 18 years.

Una was also an inspiration… She was 20 years ahead of the rest of Ireland. Holidaying in Spain, career, famous friends, jet set. But always her family remained very important.

Una developed dementia in her early 60’s. And after a long illness in which she could not speak or recognize her friends and family. She died in 2016. Una, I hope your memories are back and close to your heart. Thanks for being so special.

PIERCE, Una (née Crowley) (Dalkey, Co. Dublin, late of The Lough, Cork), June 3 2016, (peacefully) in the wonderful care of the staff of the Glebe Nursing Home, Kilternan, beloved wife of Brian; sadly missed by her husband Brian, brothers Donal and Jimmy, sisters Mary, Kathleen and Breda, her nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and former colleagues of R.T.E.

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