A moving obituary from Barry O’Donovan, National Secretary of the Irish Red Cross
August the 3rd 2012 was a dark day for the town of Bandon as the devastating news of the unexpected death of Eileen Hayes filtered out. Eileen (nee O Leary) was a Unit Leader (now known as Unit Officer) of the Female Unit in the Bandon Branch in the early 70’s.
She met her husband Denis through the Irish Red Cross, he was the Male Unit Officer at the same time. They were married in March 1974 and members of their Units provided a Guard of Honour outside St. Patricks Church in Bandon after the ceremony.
Eileen’s sudden death came just 5 weeks after her eldest daughter Janice (former youth officer in the Bandon Branch) married the current Unit Officer Jonathan Tyner in the same church on the 30th of June. Janice and Jonathan also met through the Bandon Branch of the Irish Red Cross.
On behalf of the members of the Irish Red Cross we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Eileens Husband Denis, sons, daughters, relatives and friends.
Ar dhéis Dé go raibh a h-anam.