Funeral of Maureen Toal takes place


The funeral of veteran actress Maureen Toal took place this morning in Dublin.

The 82-year-old, best known for her role as Teasey McDaid in RTE series Glenroe, died last Friday at her home in Sandycove.

Ms Toal also had a long stage career which began when she first joined the Abbey Theatre in 1946.

Chief mourners in the Church of the Assumption Dalkey, Ms Toal’s son Colm O’Shea, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, were joined by extended family, friends and figures from her television and theatre days.

Aide de Camp to the Taoiseach, Comdt Michael Treacy and aide de camp to the President, Col Brendan Mc Andrew were also present.

Fr William Stuart, who officiated, called on mourners to remember Ms Toal’s warmth, talent and skill.

Giving the eulogy, playwright Frank McGuinness said Ms Toal gave “superlative performances” and her comic skills were legion.

Mr O’Shea said his mother was fiercely independent and valued her privacy and dignity.

“The manner of her leaving us was a comfort to me and to the family; that she went peacefully in her own home and on her own terms just as she would have wanted it,” he said.