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A love united forever as tributes paid for Limerick couple pass away just 25 hours apart

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Tributes have been paid to the late Terence and Maureen Byrnes who passed away just 25 hours apart after 70 years of love and devotion

Terence and Maureen Byrnes
Terence and Maureen Byrnes a love united forever as couple pass within 25 hours of each other after 70 years of marriage

Married in 1955, Terence (Terry) and his wife Maureen (Mary) (Nee McMahon) Byrnes passed away, just 25 hours apart surrounded by their loving family and having spent 70 years of love and devotion together.

Tributes have been pouring in for the remarkable couple since their passing last week, with many people passing their condolences to the family while celebrating the life and love of “a gorgeous couple”.

Remembered by their six children, Mary Madden, Ger, Margaret O’Neill-Clancy, Dianne O’Sullivan, Evelyn McNamara and Noel; as well as their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and their many friends the couple were laid to rest in Mount St. Lawrence cemetery on Monday, March 20.

Maureen is remembered for “her compassion, caring” and for being a hardworking homemaker who took care of her siblings and looked out for them as best she could, and Terence for his hard work, attention to detail, and creativity with both being described as having a great sense of style which was passed on to their children.


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Among the tributes paid to the loving couple online were comments describing them as “Two of the nicest people you would ever meet”, with others saying how they will be “truly missed” by their neighbours in Watergate and many wishing they may ” Rest in Peace together”.

In a tribute posted by their grandson, he remembered his grandparents who gave “gave fun, laughter, an unending love of kilkee and close family bonds”.

“As much as the places they were born, worked and raised their children, were of a different time,” he writes, adding, “They themselves had an all-time love Founded on their love for each other, their children and family, so much so it became very apparent after 70 years of devotion to each other they were not going to be denied each other in this life or the next. They passed 25 hours apart granda went first and no doubt he made everything perfect for his queen, before calling her a short time later. Side by side, hand in hand as always, rest in peace together.”

May Terrence and Mary both rest in peace, a love united forever.

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