Remembering Róisín Gilroy
At this stage most of you are probably aware that Róisín Gilroy, our fantastic Head of Marketing and Business Development passed away on the 21st January. Róisín had worked in St. Canice’s for 10 years and treated her work as she did all elements of her life, giving it everything and injecting enthusiasm, creativity and massive energy every single day.
Róisín bravely battled cancer for the last 5 years and her passion for the credit union movement and her firm belief in our ethos drove her to keep working while undergoing treatment and battling terrible pain. Many who worked with her saw her on video calls from her hospital bed, having the laptop wrestled from her by nurses or going back online at night when she couldn’t sleep to add some notes or pitch another idea. She was a fixer and a doer, if you needed something done, she was your woman and she constantly solved problems and made things better.
Róisín was responsible for a huge number of the creative initiatives in St. Canice’s over the past decade, from bringing live farm animals into the CU for a photo, to draping banners across the High Street. From partnering with Art Galleries to strongarming GAA players into videos with giant mascot dogs. Róisín loved being creative and confounding expectations.
She was also a dedicated professional with a sharp commercial acumen and took her career seriously. She constantly sought out training and learning opportunities, always looking to better herself and offer more in her roles. Róisín was someone who could take on product business cases, develop procedures, manage a department, think strategically and create a myriad of social posts all in the one afternoon.
A lot of spinning plates as Róisín would say.
She was a whirlwind of wonderful energy, who made St. Canice’s Credit Union a better place. She has left a lifelong mark on all who knew and worked with her and we will do our best to honour her legacy and carry on in our roles with the same grace, dedication and passion for good that she showed us.
Carmel Butler, CEO, St. Canice’s Credit Union
The days following her passing saw a flood of tributes posted on social media from people who knew and worked with Róisín, many who knew her only for short periods but on all of whom she made a lasting impression. Once you met Róisín you did not forget her, it was a special quality she possessed.
It’s so sad to read this-Gone too soon.
A truly gentle, kind and wonderful human being.
It’s been a privilege to know you and work with you.
Sincere condolences to your family and friends at this time
Rest in peace Róisín.
Joe Walsh, Chief Commercial Officer, Capita Ireland
I loved working with Roisin and was inspired by the way she made the absolute best out of the hand she was dealt especially in the last few months. In her last message to me she said she was living each day with joy. I’ll remember that for a long time to come when I think I have something to complain about! Roisin was never afraid to let others shine. Confident in her own abilities, she never needed to keep anyone else contained at work! Such a loss 💞
Eimear Christian, Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Irish Water
This is such a sad day. The credit union sector was always a better place with Roisin Gilroy in it. She has played an enormous role in driving the sector, but more importantly in helping the communities that St. Canice’s Credit Union serves, sustain their best lives. You will be hugely missed Roisin x 💙
Alice Grant, Head of Brand & Member Experience, ILCU
Our hearts are broken at the loss of a dear friend. Her husband Dave and her siblings Dave and Karen are in our thoughts. Her death will leave a gap that just cannot be filled but we hope that later in the year we can honour her memory with something that she would have approved of.