Trish Austin, a mainstay of the Fundraising Branch of Crosshaven RNLI, has been remembered as a kind and generous person always willing to help others following her passing.
She passed away yesterday morning in Marymount Hospice on her 66th birthday.
A mother to five children and a grandmother to 14, Trish was a third generation Crosshaven woman who went above and beyond to help her community.
A stalwart volunteer of Crosshaven RNLI, she also worked at Templebreedy National School for over 20 years before she retired last year.
Trish was also in her time, a Retained Firefighter with the Crosshaven Fire Brigade.
A kind and generous soul, she regularly cared for and drove a number of elderly and sick friends and neighbours to their appointments and minded her 14 grandchildren at various times.
A talented sportswoman, Trish won numerous All Ireland medals throughout her rowing career.
Her lifelong friend, Catherine Levis, recalled their days rowing for Crosshaven Rowing Club.
"Trish always went for the gold medal and if she was beaten, she would remark 'they were better than us' and be the first to congratulate them."
Trish was even known to jump on another club’s boat if they were short-handed and still aim for a gold medal.
Ms Levis described Trish as being one of the finest oarswomen in Cork Harbour.
"She always cheered for every club and nurtured the young children in the local rowing club as well as being a committee member. She was the epitome of a classy sportswoman."
Trish's determination and fighting spirit were present even in the darkest of times.
When she received her diagnosis, her doctors said that a patient with the same type of illness was three and a half years further down the line and doing well. Trish’s response was "I’ll beat that!".
One of Trish’s daughters, Sarah Rhodes, said that her mother was never about the "doom and gloom".
"She was loving, positive, generous to a fault, independent, great craic and my best friend.
"She was great company and had time for anybody and everybody.
"If she saw somebody sitting alone in a pub, she would go and talk with them."
On social media, Crosshaven RNLI paid tribute to their colleague and friend following her passing.
"Her bubbly and friendly personality endeared her to everybody inside and outside the lifeboat station.
"Nobody was safe from Trish and her collection bucket as she trawled the pubs during past Cork Weeks and stood in the rain for hours outside supermarkets.
"She will be particularly remembered from our annual coffee morning in the RCYC where she ran the raffle with military precision," the organisation stated.
She is survived by her partner Robyn, her children, Brian, Sarah, Vicky, Jenny, Bobby and grandchildren.
Owing to the current restrictions, the funeral will be private to the family.
However, a celebration of Trish’s life will take place at a later date. May she rest in peace.