Sadness at passing of Portlaoise businesswoman

Founder of DC Tiles

Sadness at passing of Portlaoise businesswoman

Widespread sadness has greeted the passing of Deirdre Conroy, who died after a long illness last Friday, December 9.

A well known business person and personality, Deirdre (49) was the founder and owner of DC Tiles on the Dublin Road.

She had bravely battled cancer for up to a decade, with periods of remission, until her condition deteriorated last week.

Huge crowds attended her funeral in SS Peter and Paul's Church in Portlaoise at 12.30pm on Sunday.

Teresa Browne, a lifelong friend, paid a warm and moving tribute to Deirdre's vivacious personality.

Symbols of her life were brought to the altar, reflecting various facets of her life, including her love of Portlaoise, GAA and her business.

Two of her nephews sang some of her favourite hymns.

Deirdre Conroy is deeply regretted by her daughter Kate, Martin O'Connor, her mother Mary, sister Margaret, brothers Ciaran and Kevin, sisters-in-law, niece, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing was at her mother's home on the Ridge Road, Portlaoise on Saturday.

Removal took place on Sunday morning to SS Peter and Paul's church for 12. 30pm Requiem Mass.

Burial took place afterwards in SS Peter and Paul's Cemetery.