Last Sunday, March 4th was a very sad and traumatic day for the Labour Party in Dublin North East. Our constituency office secretary Ms. Lucy Wilson died suddenly at her home in Seagrange, Baldoyle. The news was devastating for her family and very faithful and wide circle of friends. For her comrades in the Dublin North East organisation, Lucy’s sudden death was deeply shocking and a profound loss.
As our senior member and former Chairperson Mr. Seamus O’Reilly noted, Lucy was the quintessential political volunteer. Before my own time and throughout the 1980s she was deeply involved in a host of local and Labour campaigns. She loved Baldoyle in particular and was a great supporter of local causes like the refurbishment of Seagrange Estate, the protection of Baldoyle Bay, the campaign for the flood relief programme and the conservation of the Racecourse lands which are to become Baldoyle Millennium Park.
From the late ’80s, Lucy was ever present in my own campaigns and meetings and held numerous officerships of Dublin North East Labour Party. It was very appropriate that she spent the last five years of her life as a professional political worker running the Dublin North East office with her colleague Ms. Diane O’Reilly.
Lucy loved the media and followed the newspapers, radio, and TV with a keen eye. She was herself a reporter for several years with North East Access Radio (NEAR FM) and attended all the great meetings of the mid-90s as a very fair, local journalist. Her favourite papers were the Irish Independent, the Evening Herald and the Examiner. She often noted or cut out stories which she felt should be brought to my attention and that of the Labour Party.
I was honoured to give a short eulogy for Lucy at her funeral mass in St. Laurence O’Toole’s Church at Grange Road, Baldoyle, beside her beloved Seagrange Estate. We were grateful that so many Labour Party workers and public representatives attended either the evening service or her funeral mass and especially grateful for the attendance of Party Leader Pat Rabbitte.
I concluded my comments last Thursday by thanking God and the Wilson family for the gift of Lucy Wilson’s life. We’ll miss her dreadfully, not least in the coming ten or twelve weeks of the election campaign which she always enjoyed and approached so positively.