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Donal Ryan R.I.P

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The most unexpected death took place last month at his residence in Ballydavid of Donal (Donie) Ryan. Donie was in his early seventies and was a well known and popular figure in the community since he came here to farm in the 1960’s from the Callan area.

Prior to going to live in Callan, the Ryan family were natives of Ballynonty. Donie took over the farm in Ballydavid which once belonged to the Kickham family. Over the years since, Donie and his wife Ann expanded this farm. In recent years, Donie suffered a setback to his health but his demise was completely unexpected.

He was a well known figure who discussed the affairs of the parish and world and farming news outside the church gate after last Mass each Sunday. One week he was there, the next conspicuous by his absence. Donie always contributed to the discussions and had his own unique way of putting his point of view.

He was interested in politics being a member of the Fianna Fail party. His remains reposed in the family home at Ballydavid which was visited by large numbers of people to express their sympathy to the family. His remains were then conveyed to St Michael’s Church, Mullinahone. The readings and offerty prayers were carried out by members of Donie’s family and his extended family.

After Mass his remains were brought to Kilbride Cemetery, Callan for burial. Large congregations of mourners were in evidence at the Mass and burial. To Donies wife Ann, to his sons Martin and Matt and to his daughters Annette and Sinead as well as to his extended family, we tender our sympathies on the death of Donie.

We will remember Donie for his unique and personal way of expressing his point of view. May his soul rest in peace. His months mind Mass is on Saturday night next October 18th at 8pm.





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