Monday 11 December 2017

The Liberties: Farewell to Ida ... a 'Liberties Belle' with a heart of gold

The Liberties

Ida Delaney
Ida Delaney

'Liberties Belle' Ida Delaney, who helped thousands of sick Dubliners visit Lourdes, has passed away.

Better known by her maiden name Lahiff, Ida (85) died on February 28 surrounded by her family.

"She was a real mother hen, she was very kind, she wouldn't let a child pass without giving them a sweet," said her friend Mrs May Grendon.

Mrs Delaney had a stall in the Iveagh Market where children could buy 10p sweet bags.

She is survived by her six children, Anthony, David, Patricia, Maria, Rita and Imelda.

Mrs Delaney, from Carman's Hall, was known mostly for her fundraising which helped thousands of people make the trip to Lourdes, said Mrs Grendon.

"She brought the poorest of the poor, but she did it discreetly," Mrs Grendon said.

"On the bus, no one knew who was paying for themselves or not.

"She must have brought thousands of people. She was doing it for 50 years and went twice a year."

On the day of her funeral, Mrs Grendon said that you could not get into the church because it was so packed with people.

"Everyone loved Ida," she said.

Local Sinn Fein councillor, Criona Ni Dhalaigh said Ida was a character. "A lot of people got to go to Lourdes and that would have been a life long dream for them," she said.

At her funeral, any mourners who wanted to give donations were asked to make them to the Iveagh Market Lourdes Fund.

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