Sister Teresa Maher
Sr. Teresa Maher was born in Clonakenny near Roscrea Co Tipperary on November 26th 1932. Having trained and worked as a nurse in the UK she entered the Little Sisters of the Assumption in 1963 and made her profession in 1966. She spent several years in South Wales where she ministered to and lived among the people and where she made lifelong friends. When the decision was made by the then Irish Welsh Province to respond to the needs of the people in Ethiopia during the war and famine in 1983 Teresa was one of the first Sisters to respond. She, along with two other sisters went to Edaga Hamus in Tigray (an area which is again being ravaged by way) and they set up a clinic to meet the health care needs of the people there. Over the next ten years Teresa used her organisational as well as her nursing and midwifery skills to serve the people there and these would have been some of the happiest years of her life.
Teresa returned to Wales and she spent a number of years in Queensferry as a parish sister before returning to Ireland and to Kill O’The Grange near Dunlaoghaire where she again used her pastoral skills in the Parish, particularly in preparing parents for the baptism of their children. She later joined the Mount Argus community and when ill health took over Teresa’s life she moved to Finglas where she lived until 2020 when she was admitted to Santa Sabina Nursing Home run by the Dominican Sisters and where she died on March 20th 2021. May her generous and gentle spirit rest in peace.