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A Cork Island in Middle of Tipperary 14th Nov

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A Cork Island in Middle of Tipperary

 

In the middle of the 1950’s the late Kitty O Donnell arrived in Mullinahone from Co. Cork with her late husband Jim. Kitty and Jim soon settled in Woodview with their family which was eventually to number six daughters and. Jim began work in the building trade on behalf of the local co-op while Kitty brought up the family and took a big part over the years with her daughters in running the family farm.

 

While Kitty and Jim spent over 50 years in Tipperary they always remained faithful to their Cork heritage. When Jim passed away in 2002 Kitty continued for some time to live in woodview. A number of years ago she took up residence in the strathmnore nursing home in Callan as her family were now scattered around the country.

 

Kitty’s health began to decline and she became seriously ill earlier this year. Her death took place in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Kitty was in her 86th year.

 

She was well known and highly regarded in Mullinahone. She loved tending to flowers in her garden and never worried. Her motto could easily have been “never trouble until trouble troubles you”.

 

Kitty’s remains reposed at her daughters Margaret’s home in Clonmel before being conveyed to St Michael’s church in Mullinahone. Her funeral Mass took place here where Fr. McGrath, Mullinahone and Fr Dollard, Conahy, officiated. Readers at Mass were Kitty’s grand-daughters Aine O Meara and Aisling O Meara. Music for the responsorial psalm was supplied by Mary Noonan while the vocalist was Tina White. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Kitty’s grandchildren Eilish O Shea, Maria O Shea, Barbara English, Caitriona Sinnott, Mark Mulhern and Trevor English. The gifts were presented by Kitty’s O Donnells’s five surviving daughters Margared, Evelyn, Kay, Phyllis and Bernie. Her other daughter passed away some years ago.

 

After mass Kitty was interred in the family plot with her husband Jim in St Michael’s cemetery, Killaghy, within sight of her former family home. The removal, the funeral Mass and the burial were all well attended.

 

To her five daughters and all the family members we extend our sympathy. None of the family now reside in Mullinahone where Kay and Jim for more than half their lives. One could say that “Woodview” their home was a little Cork island in the valley near Slievenamon.

 

The passing of the good humoured Kitty will leave the world a duller place. May Catherine (Kitty) O Donnell rest in peace.

 

Her month’s mind Mass will take place in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone, on November 24th at 8pm.

 

Reflection

Everything has beauty in it. Not everyone can see it.

 

Cemetery Prayers

The November prayers for the deceased were said on Sunday afternoon in the church cemetery and in St Michael’s cemetery, Killaghy. Prayers will be said on this Sunday afternoon in Kilvemnon at 2.30pm, in Isertkieran at 3pm and in Modeshill at 3.30pm.

 

Congratulations

 

Best wishes to Jacqueline Moran of Kickham place and Michael Lacey of Moyglass who were married recently.

 

Month Mind:

 

The months mind mass for Brian O’Brien will take place in St Michaels Church on Friday at 8pm.

 

Peg Travelled In Her Golden Years:

The death took place in her own home at the end of Carrick Street on October 20th of Margaret (Peg) O Connor. Peg as she was well known was 83 years of age. She had been born just over the parish boundary on the Drangan road. She married Mikey Connors (Michael O Connor) and they reared their large family in Carrick St, until Mikey died in 1982.

 

She and her late husband had suffered tragedy three years before hen their son Paul was killed in an accident on his way home from school.

 

During her golden years Peg became a great traveller. Confined to home by family duties Peg began to travel all over the world as her family spread out to the United States and England. She also travelled to Lourdes a number of times.

 

At her funeral Mass one of the items displayed was a candle brought home to her from Lourdes by her neighbours, the Reilly family. Peg was one of a number of local ladies who made the annual pilgrimage each year to the Holycross Novena. Her travels by bus also extended to trips to bingo of which she was very fond.

 

The large crowds who visited her home where she reposed, attended her removal or funeral Mass and burial attested to the esteem in which she and her family were held. Her remains were removed from her home to St Michael’s church for final obsequies. In attendance were Fr McGrath PP, Mullinahone, Fr Lambe PP, Drangan, Canon Ryan PP, Killenaule and Fr O Leary, St Oliver’s Clonmel.

 

All of Peg’s family were gathered from all over the world for her funeral. This was the second time that the whole family had gathered in a very short period, as they had also come together when their mother’s illness was diagnosed.

 

The items displayed at her funeral Mass told the story of Peg’s life, which was centered on family. Home craft featured large in her life. She was a great housekeeper with a love of flowers. She was also a daily attender at Mass.

 

The readers at her funeral Mass were her grand-daughters Lisa O Connor and Deirdre McEvoy. The prayers of the faithful were recited by her grandchildren Niamh, Amy, Michelle, Nathan, Sean and by family friend Roger Quirke. The offertory gifts were presented on behalf of the family by Timmy O Connor (son) and Marie Cuddihy (daughter). The symbols of her life were displayed by her grandchildren Kevin O Connell, Michael O Connor, Katie McCarthy, John Paul McCarthy, Michael O Connor and great grand-daughter Tori. Peg O Connor had 58 great grandchildren, another of whom was a server at her funeral Mass. Two other members of her family, grand-daughters Geraldine and Amy were the ones who covered their grandmother’s coffin with the pall at her removal to St. Michael’s.

 

After her funeral Mass Peg’s remains were interred in the family plot in St Michael’s cemetery, Killaghy.

 

To her family and their families we extend our condolences. Peg’s daughters are Bridget (New Hampshire); Eileen (New Hampshire); Kathleen (Ballingarry); Margaret (Wolverhamption); Marie (Drangan); Noreen (Newmarket, Co. Cork); Teresa (London); Ann (Wolverhamption); and Bernadette (Boston) and her sons Michael (Wolverhamtion); Pat (Killenaule); Timmy (Clonmel); Denis (Wolverhamption); and Liam (Fethard). May the soul of Margaret (Peg) O Connor rest in peace.

 

We are unlikely to see her likes again as she was part of a fast vanishing group who are becoming all too scarce on the ground.

 

Peg’s month’s mind Mass will be on November 23 at 8pm.

 

Welcome Home

 

Welcome home to Martin and Betty O Reilly after her recent illness. It was nice to see Betty attend mass on Sunday with her family. Betty and Martin are long established in our community and we wish them good health for the future.

 

Club Sympathy

 

On behalf of chairman Tommy O Sullivan we extend our sympathy to Michael Gahan and Tessie Morrissey on the death of their brother Denis Gahan, Cloneen.

 

Credit Union

 

Mullinahone Credit Union will hold its 30th AGM on December 5 in the Knocknagow Community Centre at 8pm.

 

According to accounts the current assets of the Credit Union stand a €3.64 million. If growth in the next year keeps pace with that in the last year the assets of Mullinahone Credit Union this time next year will be in excess of €4 million. The growth rate last year was over 12 per cent.

 

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