Imelda May Pays Emotional Tribute To Her Late Mum


Imelda May has paid an emotional tribute to her late mother who passed away.

Margaret Clabby died aged 94, having been suffering with dementia. She had been living in the Liberties in Dublin with her husband Tony.


Imelda had previously confirmed that her mother had been battling Covid-19 and had suffered a stroke back in April.

“She had a stroke and then caught Covid when she went into hospital. Luckily, she’s made a recovery, but my mam is made of strong stuff – she’s a real trooper and something special”, Imelda added.

Comparing her mother to “Lazarus”, Imelda also added, “It was really hard because we couldn’t visit her. And couldn’t explain to her what was happening. And we were just beside ourselves without going into hospital, and being afraid we wouldn’t see her again, you know?”. 

“She caught Covid in hospital and recovered. She’s like Lazarus, you know? Brilliant. And she’s home again now thank god”. 

Imelda pays tribute to “Mother mo Chroí”

Irish singer Imelda May shared news of her mother’s death, stating that she could not have wished a better ending for her. She died peacefully in her own bed with her husband Tony by her side.

“Mother mo Chroí”, Imelda wrote. “Madge Clabby (nee Comerford) 1927-2021″. 

She also added, “Our dearest darling mother passed away yesterday. “She drifted gently in her sleep and took her last breath, in her own bed with her beloved husband Tony by her side. “We couldn’t have wished for better. She deserved all”. 

She continued, “The effects of her fierce strength, infinite compassion, generosity, determination, quick wit, humour, vibrancy, sharp mind and deep spirit will outlive her and endure”. 

“Our matriarch, our supreme queen, has gone to the awaiting ancestors”, Imelda added. “The sorrow is deep our hearts are hurting but gratitude is abundant and love all consuming”. 

Her death was also announced on

“Clabby (nee Comerford) (Dublin) November 17th, 2021, peacefully at home with her loving husband Tony by her side, Madge, late of The Liberties.

The website also stated, “Much loved mother of Maria, Brendan, Edel, Fintan, Imelda and the late baby Patrick Oliver. Sadly missed and never forgotten by her loving husband and family, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, partners, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours, friends, carers and the Hospice Home Care Team”.  

Reposing at her home on Saturday from 2pm to 5pm for close family and friends (with social distancing following HSE and Government guidelines). Funeral Mass on Monday at 11am in St. Catherine’s Church, Meath Street followed by burial to Esker Cemetery, Lucan.

Imelda May had paid tribute to the late Chieftan’s founder Paddy Moloney last month.