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lovely legacy People pay tribute to 'kind and loving' mother of broadcaster Joe Duffy ahead of funeral

Joe has previously credited his mum with helping to keep him grounded, despite all his years of success


Mabel Duffy

Mabel Duffy

Mabel Duffy

People have been paying tribute to the “kind and loving” mother of broadcaster Joe Duffy ahead of her funeral tomorrow morning. 

Mabel Duffy (92) passed away on Sunday, surrounded by her loving family.

She will be laid to rest in Palmerstown Cemetery following her funeral Mass at 11.30 in St Matthew's Church, Ballyfermot.

Her death notice on RIP.ie states that Mabel (née Murphy) of Claddagh Green, Ballyfermot, died peacefully in Kiltipper Woods Care Centre Home.

“Mabel, beloved wife to the late Jimmy, cherished mother of James, Joseph, Peter, Brendan and Pauline, is predeceased by her youngest son Aidan (25),” it reads.

“Sadly missed by her loving family, sisters Monica and Patsy, in-laws, Bernard, Stephen and Marie, nieces, nephews, friends and neighbours. Grandmother to Wayne, Geoffrey, Ciara, Ian, Emma, Darragh, Seana, Conor, Ellen, Seán, Ronan and her great-grandchildren.”


Joe Duffy pictured with his mother, Mabel

Joe Duffy pictured with his mother, Mabel

Joe Duffy pictured with his mother, Mabel

In the condolences section people have offered their sympathies to the Liveline presenter and the Duffy family.

“May your mother rest in peace, she has left a lovely legacy, evident in the empathy, kindness and intelligence you show each day to all your listeners and show participants,” one person has written.

“Joe so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, my sympathies and condolences Joe and to all your family. May Mabel rest in peace,” another has added.

“Dear Joe and all your Family, Sincere sympathy to you on the passing of your wonderful mother, Mrs Duffy; whom you so lovingly shared with us in your daily work from time to time,” one other person has written.

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“Your own closeness to her and awareness of the changing needs of a parent as they age is manifest in your innate empathy, and genuine concern for the care and wellbeing of so many and in particular the elderly in our country," another has added. "You have regularly been the sole force for action and often expedited months and years of delayed care or need on their behalf, often within one hour.”

“Our deepest sympathies to the Duffy family on the passing of your mother, Mabel. She would always call in and ask about our mam. May she rest in peace. Thinking of you all at this sad time,” adds another.

Joe has previously credited his mum with helping to keep him grounded, despite all his years of success.

“I’m not likely to ever lose the run of myself. Why? My mother Mabel says to me ‘You’re never as good as they say you are, just as you’re never as bad as they say you are either. Just keep a grip and stay grounded,” he said.

His family have had their share of tragedies in the past, including the death of his brother Aidan, aged 25, in 1991 after his van careered under a truck on the Maynooth Road.

Duffy recalled in his 2011 autobiography ‘Just Joe’ how he heard about the "horrific accident" on the RTE Radio news but had no idea his younger brother was involved.

"One hour later I returned to my desk to be met by a colleague, Noel Coughlan, and the RTE chaplain, Father Romuald Dodd,” he said.

“When Noel told me that my brother, Aidan, had been killed, my first reaction was "How am I going to tell my mother? This will kill her."

When he did tell her the awful news, his mother collapsed on the floor, screaming, fighting the news. "The disbelief, the anger, the pain. It was the beginning of a nightmare," he wrote.

Duffy, a father of triplets, recently spoke about his concern for his mother, who was cocooning during the pandemic and said he worried about her missing her routine activities including a trip to mass and to the hairdressers.

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