The death of Aoife Corr, late of Stephen Street, Kilkenny and “Cuts n Curls”, High Street) which occurred on 10th May 2023, was heard of with much regret in the city and surrounds. Aoife died peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital after a long illness bravely borne.
She was predeceased by her parents Ellen and Paddy, sadly missed by her sisters Deirdre and Gillian, brothers John, Patrick and Andrew, brothers-in-law, sisters in law nieces, extended family, great neighbours and her many good and loyal friends.
Aoife was part and parcel of the business and social life of High Street for over forty years. A skilled hairdresser, she worked closely with her friend Kay Barry in the “Cuts and Curls” Hair Salon, building up a successful business and gaining a reputation for high class cutting and styling. The salon was based at 67, High Street in the early years but later moved to the site which had housed Barry’s Vegetable Shop further down High Street. Kay and Aoife had many valued clients who appreciated the personal touch.
Following Kay’s death some years ago, Aoife continued to singlehandedly cater for her loyal clientele, doing so in a very professional manner. She was so much more than a hairdresser, catering for all occasions, First Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, Funerals and sometimes after hour appointments, all carried out in her breezy and cheerful manner.
The pandemic came and as was the case with many business’s the salon had to close. As the situation improved, Aoife carried on her hairdressing in a small way from home but in the last year her health took a down turn and she was unable to carry on. Throughout her illness she never lost her good humour and sense of fun.
Her love of crosswords and puzzles was a great pastime and her trusty well-thumbed dictionary was consulted regularly. She loved her fashion and travelled on many foreign holidays.
After her days work she liked to unwind with a meal and a drink in the local hostelries especially in Kyteler’s Inn.
Aoife had a heart of gold and was a good friend to many people in Kilkenny. She will be missed by all especially her friend and neighbour, Breda. The on-line tributes and there were many, all had an “Aoife”, story, bearing testimony to her caring and generous nature which shone through in all her dealings with people.
Family, friends and neighbours gathered in large numbers in Johnston’s Funeral Home to pay their respects. Rosary and prayers were recited by Fr. Richard Scriven.
Fr. Scriven welcomed family members, neighbours and friends to the Requiem Mass in celebration of Aoife’s life. He extended a welcome to her siblings, and to her many loyal customers and offered the sympathy of the parish to them on their sad loss.
The lessons were read by Regina (sister-in-law) and Deirdre (sister).
Prayers of the Faithful were recited by, Méabh Corr (Niece), Andrew Ivory-Corr (brother) Helen Larkin Goode and Cynthia Maharaj.
The Offertory gifts included Aoife’s scissors and comb, carried to the altar by her long-time friend Des Rush. Seven up Free and her mascara were presented by Regina Corr and Helen Larkin respectively.
Music throughout the ceremony was provided by Sean O’Neill and Martina Burke.
Patrick Corr and Richie Condron shared some memories of a much loved sister and friend. Patrick invited everyone to refreshments in Langton’s after the burial.
Family and friends walked behind the hearse bearing Aoife’s coffin to its final resting place in St Kieran’s cemetery.
Rest easy Aoife, we will miss you!
At this time we remember Aoife’s friend and colleague, Kay.
Together now, I’m sure they will have a lot of catching up to do!
High Street is all the poorer for their passing.