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Tragic death Funeral for nurse Bernie McAndrew who died from Covid-19 held in Belmullet , Co Mayo

Mrs McAndrew tragically passed away on Sunday, with a hearse taking her body from the family home just as an ambulance arrived to rush her husband to hospital.

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Bernie McAndrew

Bernie McAndrew

RIP.ie

Bernie McAndrew

A Mayo nurse described as “kind” and “compassionate”, has been laid to rest following her death from Covid-19.

Bernie McAndrew and her husband Ian, from Belmullet in Co Mayo, both contracted coronavirus last week.

Mrs McAndrew tragically passed away on Sunday, with a hearse taking her body from the family home just as an ambulance arrived to rush her husband to hospital.

A notice on RIP.ie says she was predeceased by her parents Josie and Bridget Heneghan (née Sweeney) and her brothers Willie Paul, J.T. and Dermot.

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Bernie McAndrew, a nurse from Belmullet, Co Mayo (Family handout/PA)

Bernie McAndrew, a nurse from Belmullet, Co Mayo (Family handout/PA)

Bernie McAndrew, a nurse from Belmullet, Co Mayo (Family handout/PA)

Locals in the areas were said to be “stunned” by the death, with Fine Gael councillor Gerry Coyle described her as: “An absolute lady. A friend to everyone.”

He said: “She was a nurse all her life. But she wasn’t just a speaker, but a listener as well.

“She’d never push past people and ignore anybody along her way of life.

“The way it was with Bernie, she’d pull up for a chat. If you were the richest man in the area or the smallest farmer, she’d have the same craic with both. She always shared her time.

“There’s one thing being a nurse and speaking, but she had the ability to listen.

“She had the ability to listen to people and understood their problems as a nurse and as a friend.”

He added: “It was so sad with her friends the last day, looking in the window. It was frightening.”

Bernie’s funeral cortege departed the Sacred Heart Church, Belmullet this morning and paused for a moment’s respect at Ian and Bernie’s home.

The funeral then continued onto Ballina Road/Attycunnane enroute to Geesala where it proceeded to the Heneghan family home before finally arriving at Geesala Cemetery where she was laid to rest.

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