It was with great sadness that we learned of the unexpected passing of Úna Timmins on 10 February last. She was the daughter of the late Godfrey Timmins, and is survived by her mother Nora, brothers and sisters, aunts, aunts-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She worked as constituency secretary for her late father and brother Billy for over twenty five years.
Úna was a very public face and yet she was a most private person. There was not a problem or issue that she had not encountered over those years, and the satisfaction of helping someone never waned. The office may have been 9 to 5 but Úna was 24/7. She loved dealing with people and valued the many thank-you cards that she received.
Una had a sharp and incisive political mind and yet her great love was Art. She studied Art in Limerick and Dublin and attended as many exhibitions as possible. On her travels, art museums were always top of her list. In addition she continued her education and received her BA degree in Sociology and English. She went to great lengths to attend any Seamus Heaney reading. Leonard Cohen was another not to be missed and the rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ at her requiem mass was fitting and moving. One could visualise Úna swaying to the air. She had a great love for the West of Ireland especially enjoying oysters in Morans of the Weir, her mother’s home village.
It will be as a kind and loving daughter, sister, aunt and sister-in-law that she will be best remembered. Her generosity was endless. She gave more than she could ever receive.
In recent years she fought illness, during which she showed courage and bravery. Her passing has been sudden and traumatic for her family. But she will always live in their hearts with warm memories. Thank you Úna.