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Susan Clarke

Susan returns to Killimer for burial

THE late Susan Clark made her final trip home to her eternal resting place on July 4 last.

A native of Killimer, 100-year old Susan was laid to rest in Burrane graveyard alongside her parents. She emigrated to England 78 years ago to find work as a seamstress. Susan featured in The Scattering, a book which traced 78 Clare emigrants and sent a group of photographers, including The Clare Champion’s John Kelly, to photograph them in their adopted homes. The Scattering was launched in 2000 by the late President Hillery.

Kilkee Community College school teacher Sister Mary O’Connell was Susan Clark’s niece and was among the extended family at the funeral in Killimer.
“Susan had talked about being buried with her mother and father in Burrane. When we’d go to see her the fact that we were Marty’s (Susan’s brother) children always focused her mind. She’d ask for all of the neighbours down along, one after the other,” Sister Mary said.

Susan’s son John and daughter Eileen attended the funeral in Killimer.
“They went home certain that they did the right thing to honour their mothers wishes. The turnout in Killimer was extraordinary when you think she was gone 78 years,” Sister Mary reflected.

Along with her son and daughter, Susan is survived by grand and great grand children.

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