ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our mother, Angela Leahy, 82 years old, born on October 21, 1938, and passed away on April 29, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Shay Kirwan on May 6, 2021
Think I was 42 when she told me she wasn’t my Aunt, She will always be my Auntie Angela wonderful woman I remember my earlier days as I drive through kilmacanoge every day Nothing but good memories, Gone but Never forgotten, Sorry for your loss EMER & Kieran
Posted by Doreen Lignore on May 6, 2021
Dear Emer, 

So sorry for the loss of your mom and our sincere condolences to you and your family. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and although she will be missed, we hope you find comfort in her memories and knowing she is in a better place. Doreen and Sal
Posted by Rebecca Buonadies on May 5, 2021
Dear Emer,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

- Becky
Posted by Cindy Hsu on May 5, 2021
Dear Emer, so sorry for your loss. The fact that she raised an amazing person like you is testimonial to how wonderful a person she must have been. You and your family are in our prayers. 
Posted by Andrea Pfeifer on May 5, 2021
Dear Emer,

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to you and your family on the loss of your mother. We know how close you were to her and did everything possible to support her even from far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Andrea and the entire AC Immune Team

Posted by Layla de Cogan Chin on May 4, 2021
Dear Emer and Kieran,
I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. It must be particularly difficult in these challenging times when you can’t be together. Thinking of you both xx
Layla
Posted by Ronald Christopher on May 4, 2021
Dear Emer - our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Mother. Suesie & Ronald (PsychoGenics)
Posted by Rachel Doyle on May 4, 2021
Angela you were a true lifetime friend, who suffered so much these last few years but always had a gentle smile through it all. We will remember you and miss you always. Rest peacefully till we meet again. Love Kathleen and Rachel.
Posted by Bridgie Boyce on May 3, 2021
Angela was a lady always enjoyed a chat with her,one of the best
Condolences to all her family xx
Posted by Breda Sheil on May 2, 2021
A great Friend and neighbour.....Loved Angela so much....great laughs, chats and fun...always kept her best side out and had the determination and willpower to do anything. She will truly be missed in our lives and Barryville Court. Condolances to Emer and Kieran and Families, and all the O'Rourkes...
Posted by Fiona Carroll on May 2, 2021
So sorry for your loss , Angela was a beautiful person inside and outside may she RIP

Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by Shay Kirwan on May 6, 2021
Think I was 42 when she told me she wasn’t my Aunt, She will always be my Auntie Angela wonderful woman I remember my earlier days as I drive through kilmacanoge every day Nothing but good memories, Gone but Never forgotten, Sorry for your loss EMER & Kieran
Posted by Doreen Lignore on May 6, 2021
Dear Emer, 

So sorry for the loss of your mom and our sincere condolences to you and your family. Mothers hold a special place in our hearts and although she will be missed, we hope you find comfort in her memories and knowing she is in a better place. Doreen and Sal
Posted by Rebecca Buonadies on May 5, 2021
Dear Emer,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending my condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my thoughts.

- Becky
her Life
Angela was born on October 21, 1938, Angela Frances O'Rourke to Florence and Martin in Rosslare Harbour where she spent her childhood with her older sisters Molly and Berna and her younger brother Ronald.  

She entered Nursing School in London, worked in Dublin where she met Joe Leahy and married in 1964 and had 2 children Emer and Kieran.

Shortly after Emer was born Angela and Joe moved to Kenya where over the next 4 years they experienced incredible adventures from wildlife safaris to interacting with Maasai tribes, learning Swahili, and experiencing all that the Indian Ocean and its beaches had to offer.  After Kieran was born they made the decision to return to Ireland but she never lost her love of Africa visiting the country several more times.

Back in Ireland, Angela and Joe built a home on the side of the Little Sugar Loaf Mountain in Kilmacanogue, Co Wicklow, one of the few places in Ireland that gets significant snow.  In Kilmacanogue she was surrounded by nature and frequent teenaged guests.  

Around 1980, Angela decided to start a coffee shop/deli business with her friend Cathy Brierly.  The old post office on the main street of Enniskerry became available and they converted this to their requirements.  Angela had an eye for interior decorating and was always on the hunt for a bargain.  She found high end wallpaper and fabric adorned with poppies at a knockdown price and the coffee shop was aptly named "Poppies".  Poppies is still in existence and booming, and pre-COVID had expanded to a second operation at the Dundrum Shopping Center.  If you are ever in Enniskerry, stop into Poppies and think of Angela.

Angela loved travel visiting most of the major cities in Europe and the US. Paris, Rome, Vienna, New York, Washington DC, Boston, Niagra Falls, Toronto, LA, Christchurch, the Sonoran dessert in Arizona were just some of the destinations she enjoyed.  

Despite all her jet setting, her home was Rosslare Harbour where she lived for the more than two decades.  She lived a simple life and was happiest there close to the beach, surrounded by wonderful friends neighbors and family members who cared for her.  Her home was filled with warmth and laughter and rarely did a day go by without someone (young or old) visiting.  When COVID hit, she continued to see visitors though her bedroom window.  And when there were no visitors, there was always Strawberry, her cat.  

Angela had four grandchildren, Alexander, Jeremy, Conor, and Shauna, whom as her only grandaughter she shared a special bond.  She loved seeing all of them and hearing all about their accomplishments.  As she had done with her own children decades earlier, she encouraged them to be the best that they can be.  While she couldn't see her grandchildren as often as she would have liked, she did get to see her grandnieces and nephews, Emer, David, Emma, Molly and Billy.  

Angela was always so stylish, never a hair out of place.  Before she fell ill she could be found walking on the beach at 6AM in full makeup with Jessie her chihuahua sporting a color coordinated outfit.  She loved clothes and she wore them well with beauty and grace.  She dressed countless friends and family members for weddings and other special occasions.   She was extremely generous, often giving the clothes off her back (literally).  

Angela had numerous health issues and suffered greatly for almost a decade.  She spent months and months in hospitals in Dublin, Waterford, and Wexford, and there were many times when we thought she would not pull through; but her will to live was so strong and her courage unrelenting as she endured tremendous pain and disability. 

Angela lived a rich life filled with unique experiences and friends and family who loved her.  She put up a great fight for years and enjoyed her life to the fullest despite every obstacle in her path.  She is deeply missed by all who knew her but never forgotten.  

Please consider a donation in Angela's name to ISPCA or the RNLI, as these organizations were important to her. 

Recent stories

Condolences from RIP.ie

Shared by Emer Leahy on May 16, 2021
Thank you for the outpouring of love and heartfelt messages for Angela
Shared by Claire Anthony on May 6, 2021
Dear Angela

I was about 10 when I first remember meeting you, when you and Joe were visiting Nanna at her home in Harefield.  The room was filled with laughter and I’m delighted to say that at every subsequent meeting, you sprinkled the same magic on us and we couldn’t help but smile in your company.  In recent years, when we visited you in Rosslare Harbour you always had a funny story to tell us and a glass of wine and made us feel so welcome.

All the men in our family were mesmerised by you and Mum, Sharman and I transfixed by your style and elegance.  You were a true tour de force, knew what was going on in the world and had your own opinions.

Even in these last years when you had very limited mobility and I’m sure endless pain, you would ‘put on your face’ and smile.   You bore your illness with stoicism and courage until the end.

The world will be a much poorer place without you but we are all so hugely grateful that you were part of our lives.

Rest in peace Angela.

From Lulu, Sharman, Michael, James, Mark, Claire and Stuart

"Sandra................who da ya think"!!!

Shared by Sandra Kirwan on May 5, 2021
Angela is/was my mother's first cousin..........they were exceptionally close and really good friends, Despite many differences across all parts of life!  As a child and still today I called and referred to Angela as my aunt and I know Emer and Kieran referred to my mum as Aunty Amy!!  I loved Angela TO BITS more in the past 10 years than ever.  I am delighted to have had her as a major part of my life and a huge influence!
As a child of 6 I called to her Mum n laws front door looking for Emer, and,  Joe answered the door and asked who was calling (of course he knew!!) I answered its Sandra!! he asked Sandra Who?? his response from a smart arsed 6 year old "its Sandra who'd ya think??".............Ang called me "Sandra who da ya think" for years!!!  Funny!  Blessed to have her as part of my life ...............French lessons in Stillorgan with Emer, trips in the cool Avenger, Exchanges with family in Barcelona, views and lots of fun in the beautiful house on little Sugar loaf, trips to Pamela Scott, hugs and chats when my marriage broke down, hugs and chats when my life got back on track, visits to The Harbour, cups of coffee, glasses of wine, visit to Waterford Hospital .............always positive, always smiling, always upbeat....despite extremely difficult odds . Selflessness, class, glamour, serene, grounded, "GOT IT " Fantastic woman that I am so proud to have known and to have loved.  As recently as the Saturday before she passed "sandra who da think I love ya to bits!!!"...............Aunty Angela I love you to bits back .........May you rest in peace...............until we meet again!! xxxx