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'She deserved all' Imelda May’s 'supreme queen' mother Madge to be laid to rest on Monday morning

'The sorrow is deep and our hearts are hurting but gratitude is abundant and love all consuming'


Imelda and her beloved mam Madge

Imelda and her beloved mam Madge

Imelda and her beloved mam Madge

Imelda May’s mother, who the Dublin singer hailed as the “supreme queen” on her death bed this week, will be laid to rest on Monday morning after funeral mass in her beloved Liberties. 

Madge Clabby passed away in her sleep on Wednesday aged 94 with her husband Tony by her side.

In a beautiful tribute posted on her official Facebook page, Imelda said “our dearest darling mother passed away yesterday. She drifted gently in her sleep and took her last breath, in her own bed with her beloved husband Tony by her side”.

"We couldn’t have wished for better,” she added. “She deserved all. The effects of her fierce strength, infinite compassion, generosity, determination, quick wit, humour, vibrancy, sharp mind and deep spirit will outlive her and endure.

"Our matriarch, our supreme queen, has gone to the awaiting ancestors. The sorrow is deep our hearts are hurting but gratitude is abundant and love all consuming."

Her death notice on RIP.ie states that the death occurred of Madge Clabby (née Comerford) of The Liberties, on November 17.

“Peacefully at home with her loving husband Tony by her side,” it adds. “Madge, late of The Liberties (was the) much loved mother of Maria, Brendan, Edel, Fintan, Imelda and the late baby Patrick Oliver.

“Sadly missed and never forgotten by her loving husband and family, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours, friends, carers and the Hospice Home Care Team.

“May she rest in peace.”

Madge will be reposing at her home on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm for close family and friends (with social distancing following HSE and Government guidelines).

Funeral mass will then take place on Monday at 11am in St Catherine’s Church, Meath Street followed by burial to Esker Cemetery, Lucan.

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Numerous messages of sympathy have been left in the condolences section with one person offering, “my heartfelt condolences to all the Clabby family on the loss of your cherished Mother".

“Imelda, through her open-heartedness and love, has introduced her to our nation and we in turn now offer our deepest sympathy on your loss.

“I am a son in his forties who has laid my own precious Mother to rest in recent weeks and it has been a really tough time and this continues. Mam loved your music Imelda and your preservation of Irishness within. My wish is that you all can keep safe and supported and may your dear Mother rest in eternal peace.”

Another adds: “My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Mrs Clabby. Especially to Tony and Imelda. I met her once on a cold night in Dublin and she lit it up. Salt of the earth, Dublin through and through.”

One other person has written: “To all the Clabby family our sincere sympathy on the passing of Madge. May she rest in peace. Thinking of you at this sad time.”

And another adds: “Sincere condolences to all the Clabbys and extended family at this very sad time. I will never forget Madge's warmth and joyful spirit. May she rest in peace. She'll continue to shine in the moon."

Liberties legend Imelda has often spoken of the power her parents gave to her and recently opened up to Ray D'Arcy on his RTÉ One radio show about how her mother’s health deteriorated as she battled dementia.

The star also recently released a book of poetry entitled A Lick and A Promise in which she wrote a number of poems about her beloved mother including one entitled Mammy’s Dying.

The 47-year-old revealed that her dad even did a recording of some of the poems in the book.

On her Instagram stories, Imelda opened up about her father's grief of losing his wife.

She said: "It's my father's birthday today, He's distraught but wants to go for a fancy dinner as he can't sit in the house crying while mam is being prepared for wake."

She continued: "I'm trying my best but I'm not my usual self. (One sister has Covid. Other sister's dog just died. Can anyone help?"

She later came back online to thank fans and hairdresser and friend Dylan Bradshaw who managed to get her a booking in the Westbury.

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