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Philomena O’Connor

19/08/1939 – 09/09/2021
Aged 82

Philomena O'Connor

The Funeral Service to Celebrate the Life of Philomena O’Connor
will be held in the Bell Chapel 
on Friday (17 September) 2021 commencing at 3:00pm
Please leave your Memorial Message to the Family below


  • Mr Brian L Devitt Posted 16/09/2021 7:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  • Annette Posted 16/09/2021 7:42 pm

    Sending all my Love and Warmth and Heavenly Family strength, Remembering Lovely Philomena who was always up for a Good old Chat and loving advice and open arms. Beautiful Lady Indeed xxx

  • Jacqui Fenwick Posted 16/09/2021 9:45 pm

    Thinking of you all. Philomena was always welcoming and joyful. She knew how to put people at ease. Sending love and prayers to the whole family.

  • Geraldine and Bernard Nolan, Ireland Posted 17/09/2021 2:29 am

    Heartfelt condolences to Philomena’s beloved and devoted husband Michael, and to her Children and Grandchildren of whom she was so proud. We here in Kerry, Ireland loved and admired her very much and feel a great sadness at her passing. She was a wonderfully kind human being, who along with being a wife and Mother, had her own phenomenal personal achievements, particularly in the world of political activism. Philomena’s integrity, sincerity and generosity of spirit made a huge impression on all who met her. Rest In Peace Philomena.

  • Breda (Egan) Mccarthy Posted 17/09/2021 3:27 am

    Sincere condolences to Michael and family on the passing of Phil. Phil was a lovely genuine kind lady and will be missed by all in Fenit. We’ll remember Phil with great fondness. Our thought and prayers are with her devoted husband Michael and their lovely children
    May she rest in peace. Love from Breda Johnny Deirdre Julie Brian and PJ Mccarthy Fenit

  • Marie Mackie Posted 17/09/2021 6:53 am

    Condolences to Michael on the loss of his beautiful wife Philomena & to all the siblings on the loss of their Mum. She will be missed more than words can say. Wish I could have been there, Lots of love Marie (sister) Pat (brother) James Lorraine & family xx

  • Tony Booth Posted 17/09/2021 7:44 am

    You were a wonderful person ❣️, incredibly hard working and a fabulous wife and mother.we will all miss and cherish you. All my love Tony xx

  • Thomas Booth Posted 17/09/2021 8:17 am

    You were a wonderful lady, hard working, a great sense of humour and a fantastic wife and mother with an indomitable spirit. We will all miss you. Love and God bless Tonyxxxx

  • Pa Daly Posted 17/09/2021 8:27 am

    Very sorry to hear about Philomena’s passing. Thanks to her for the advice, assistance , encouragement and inspiration over the years when she would call to me on Rock Street in Tralee. My sympathies to Michael and all the family. You can be very proud

  • The Tobin Family, Fenit, Co. Kerry, Éire. Posted 17/09/2021 11:13 am

    Deepest condolences to Phil’s husband and best friend Michael, her children and their families, her lovely sister Marie and her other siblings.
    Like the Swallows, we looked forward to seeing Mike and Phil every Summer. We have nothing but pleasant memories of Phil. Her kindness towards our lads, her enthusiasm for life and people. Her lovely way, bright smile and intelligent eyes. It was our pleasure to have known such a wonderful, sincere and beautiful person. She will always be remembered here in Teach Tóibín with great fondness. Thinking of you all.
    Rest in Peace Phil. xx
    Mary, Myles, Michael, Grace & Peter

  • John & Carol Gaffey Posted 17/09/2021 12:10 pm

    Sincere Condolences to Michael & Family , on the passing of your beloved wife , mother & grandmother Philomena . Rest In Peace Phil love John & Carol

  • Paul Kinna Posted 17/09/2021 1:33 pm

    Our thoughts and regards go to Philomena’s immediate and extended family. Love Paul , Liz ,Darcy and Angela

  • Seona Nielsen Posted 17/09/2021 2:34 pm

    Thinking of you Michael and family. I will always fondly remember Aunty Phil and be grateful for the love and kindness she showed me and my family over the years. I will miss her. Love from Seona xx

  • Sean Posted 17/09/2021 2:48 pm

    I first came to know my Auntie Phil as the loving elder who cared for me and protected me when I was just a shy kid in her home. And she made a place for me in her home so many times. I always left her feeling happy and more confident than before and she made me feel deeply proud of our family in ways that I find hard to put into words. My auntie gave me so much kindness and confidence and pride that remains with me and always will.
    I send my love to Michael Snr and the O’Connor family during this sad time.
    Sean McCormack.

  • Mikayla Harrison Posted 17/09/2021 2:59 pm

    Sincerest condolences to the immediate and extended family, Phil was always so lovely and radiated such warmth and comfort to everyone she met. Rest In Peace. Love Mikayla xo

  • Louise Crowe Posted 17/09/2021 3:13 pm

    Beautiful stories and memories. The gift of the Irish. Wonderful to be part of this celebration of her life. Much love to you all, Louise, Dom, Darcy, Gerard and Liam.

  • Seán Payne Posted 17/09/2021 3:24 pm

    My love and sympathies to Brendan, Michael, Siobhán, Brian and all your families. An inspiring woman. She always remined me of my own grandparents. True grit.

  • Jim Claven Posted 17/09/2021 3:30 pm

    Beautiful tribute to Philomena, such a strong and supportive person, will never forget her, especially at those Christmas’ we shared together many years ago. Our thoughts are with the family at this time. From the Claven family.

  • Paddy and Sue Crowe Posted 17/09/2021 3:33 pm

    We have fond memories of a welcoming and friendly lady with a beautiful smile and full of determination in caring for her family

  • James Mackie Posted 17/09/2021 3:35 pm

    To a genuinely wonderful person, I’ll remember you Aunt Phil as the naturally kind, smart and fun person you were. I always got excited with your visits to London when young (and old) as I loved listening to your stories, normally in awe, about the extraordinary life you had. Condolences to Uncle Michael and her children and their younger families. Lots of love to you all & RIP Aunty Phil.

  • Kirstie Posted 17/09/2021 3:44 pm

    Sincere condolences to Michael and all the family. My thoughts are with you. Kirstie x

  • Yorick Posted 17/09/2021 4:30 pm

    Beautiful service, you all did Philomena proud. Such a strong, wonderful woman who did so much for all she crossed paths with. Condolences to the Michael Snr and the O’Connor family. I am still smiling about the MUA waterfront picket mess tent incident – chased them out with a spoon! Magnificent. And the food did indeed dramatically improve! Vale Philomena.

  • Brendan Posted 17/09/2021 7:18 pm

    Thank you all for your beautiful reflections on our Mum and Dad’s amazing wife and best friend. She was definitely one out of the box.
    Cheers xox

  • Judy Heeps Posted 18/09/2021 9:39 am

    Sending love and best wishes to you all on the loss of the lovely Philomena

  • Jane Farrell Posted 24/09/2021 11:59 am

    I am so sad to hear of Philomena’s passing. We worked together when we were rebuilding the Liquor Trades Division of the former LHMU (now UWU). She was a very fierce protector of all of us during the very hard years we faced. I loved her commonsense approach and focus on getting the jobs done. When we mentioned taking on the catering for the MUA waterfront dispute she did not hesitate and this was evidence of her strong commitment to union progressive principles. And she was never afraid of telling men what to do at a time when women were few and far between! I will always remember her smile, strength and her kindness. Much love to family and friends

  • Julie Wintle Posted 24/09/2021 3:13 pm

    I shall never forget how proud Philomena and Michael were, when they came to witness Brendan’s First Speech; his then Maiden Speech; in Parliament House, Canberra, on February 13th 2002, along with Aunty Renee O’Connor, who flew in from Tralee. To have their son Brendan; now the Labor Federal Member for Burke, was a pinnacle point as parents. And then for Paul and I to stay with them all in Tralee, that year was true Irish joy.; especially at their local pub; in Tralee; with Aunty Renee, Philomena, Michael and Brother Pat, listening to a great live band Olien; with photos of The Kennedys on the walls. It was unforgettable. Philomena was a magnificent, welcoming and very wise woman. Poetry in motion. Love and Support to Michael, Brendan, Una Rose, and all the wonderful extended families. From Julie and Paul Wintle.

  • Renata Musolino Posted 24/09/2021 8:11 pm

    I have very fond memories of the feisty Philomena from the years I worked at the then FLAIEU when I got my first job in the Union movement. My sincerest condolences to the family.

  • Claire Mitchell Posted 25/09/2021 10:40 am

    Condolences to the family. I had the pleasure to work with Philomena (Philby) at the then Liquor Trades Division of the LHMU, now UWU, Lots of laughs and fond memories. What a wonderful, kind and strong woman. She will be sadly missed. Vale Philomena.

  • Helen casey Posted 05/10/2021 3:22 pm

    A big loss and heart felt condolences to her family.. Philomena’s resourcefulness, intelligence, quick thinking and commitment to union values were always on display when she worked at the LHMU liquor and hospitality division. She capably provided executive support, while also quietly contributing to the broader union movement wherever she could – women worker rights (some memorable moments when I was Trades Hall women’s officer), waterfront disputes ( bringing order to the food tent during MUA dispute was particularly memorable) and always her warmth and humour made her the best person to have around whatever the situation.

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