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Nora Was Brilliant Commuity Worker

by Frank Cody

The death of Nora Webster has a cast dark shadow over Newpark Close and the wider Kilkenny community. As a community activist she was at the heart of many positive initiatives within the city and county.

Born in Kerry she grew up in a kind and loving family but circumstances of the time dictated that she emigrate to London.

She settled and became part of the large Irish community.

She found employment in factories and pubs. She met her husband, Noel, in the Galtymore Ballroom

Eventually she returned to Ireland and settled in Kilkenny. Work in the ‘Boot Factory’ brought financial stability.

One of the first residents in Newpark Close, she was actively involved in growing the community. This saw involvement with organising a community hub which later became the successful Family Resource Centre.

She served as tutor, leader and was also involved on the Board of Management.

A commitment to older people meant involvement with seniors’ groups in the city and county.

Her enthusiasm saw her become chair of the ‘Older Persons’ Forum’, leading it successfully to new horizons.


But Newpark Close remained her base. Friendly, enthusiastic, caring and kind, Nora was always available to help neighbours and friends.

Her kindness permeated the estate and helped it thrive.

Recent setbacks of injury and illness allowed the community to rally.

Led by Agnes Kennedy, Pakie Clifford. Lily Dowling, Jacqui Murphy, Jimmy Byrne and Margaret Lanigan they catered to Nora’s personal and physical wellbeing.

A special word of thanks must go to the Feehan family for their constant kindness.

Today, the family that is Newpark Close is in deep shock as we attempt to come to terms with Nora’s passing.

We acknowledge the enormous amount of time and commitment Nora gave to promoting the estate and watching it grow into a vibrant community.

We are better people because of Nora Webster.

Her presence enriched us, greatly.

Because of this, her death is a particularly heavy burden.

Captured within the immediate sadness is the knowledge that we were fortunate that this passionate woman came to live amongst us.

Rest easy Nora, we are in your debt.

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