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Vera - A Life well lived: Celebrating an ordinary, extraordinary life

Farell, Fintan
Vera (McCormack) Farrell died on 18 April 2018 at her home in Oughterard, Straffan, Co. Kildare. She was ninety-three. On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the liner Lusitania Vera was then ninety and one of only two living direct descendants of a survivor of that fateful event. Vera played a part in the commemoration of the anniversary, contributing to a TV programme, newspaper reports, several radio interviews and an event organised by the Co. Kildare Decade of Commemorations held in Naas Community Library. She was immensely proud to help tell her father Tom McCormack’s story and how he survived the tragic sinking. ‘I think he was just a very, very brave man,’ Vera said. Vera also joked about ‘her few hours of fame’ and was delighted to invite neighbours and friends in to see ‘her movie’.