Presentation Sister Imelda Carew made a big and positive impact on local life after she came to live in Kirwan Park, Mountmellick in 2000.
A champion for the environment as well as human rights, Sr Imelda was one of the founders of Mountmellick Environment Group, which led the way in recycling long before it became fashionable.
She was also deeply involved in Mountmellick Mission Alive, who support AIDS orphans in Lusaka, Zambia.
She worked in the area of social inclusion throughMountmellick Development Association.
“She was a people person, very socially conscious. She was very wise and shrewd, a great friend,” said her friend Sr Maureen O’Connell.
The Provincial of South East Presentation Province, Sr Imelda worked in the area of justice, human rights and ecology, in Ireland and worldwide.
The youngest of a family of ten from Tipperary, the Presentation sister first taught in several schools before shifting into a leadership role.
Sr Mary Deane is Congregational Leader of the Presentation Sisters Union.
“We are all stunned and shocked by this tragedy. Words seem inadequate to express our loss and sorrow as we come to terms with the tragic events that unfolded on a beautiful sunny evening. It is a tragic loss for all of us and for their families. These two wonderful women have been a source of inspiration and blessing to many people throughout their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families, communities and friends of our beloved Sisters at this time,” she said.
Parish Priest of Mountmellick is Micheál Murphy.
“We are shocked at the deaths of Sr Imelda and Sr Paula. Sr Imelda had a kind and gentle presence in Mountmellick for many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and the Presentation Sisters,” he said.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan also attended Sr Imelda’s funeral.
“She was a kind and generous person, with a passionate interest in the environment, from climate change to litter. She served the community of Mountmellick with great ability and remain in their memory for many years to come,” he said.