Kirkpatrick – Irene (née McCready), 30th August 2021, peacefully, late of Stewart Crescent, Ballywalter. Beloved wife of the late Stanley, adoring sister of the late May (Walker), loving mum of May and Ross, highly respected mother-in-law of David and Sonia, devoted nanny to Matthew, Rebecca and Evan, cherished cousin and friend. A Service of Thanksgiving for Irene’s life will be held at 11.00am on Saturday 4th September 2021 in Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, followed by committal in Ballyhalbert Family Burial Ground at 12.15pm. Flowers welcome or donations in memory of Irene, if desired, may be made payable to Cancer Research NI c/o Adair Funeral Directors, 78 Main Street, Ballywalter BT22 2PJ.Will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her children, grandchildren, friends and extended family circle. “Tired and weary you made no fuss, you tried so hard to stay with us, God closed your eyes and gave you rest, for He alone knows what is best.”

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.

This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.

So I said to the Lord,
"You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during
the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one
set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most,
you have not been there for me?"

The Lord replied,
"The times when you have
seen only one set of footprints,
is when I carried you."