The people of Newtowncashel are in shock this week following the death of one of its most loved citizens Cissy Farrell (87).
A native of Newtowncashel and resident of Carrowbeg, Cissy (née Flood) died on Saturday after she was involved in a car accident when she and her husband Paddy were in Monaghan visiting their daughter.
Paddy - who is the oldest parishioner in Newtowncashel and was a Fianna Fail councillor at one time- was also injured in the collision and is currently in hospital.
The late Cissy Farrell was regarded as a kind and gentle woman who worked hard alongside Paddy for their family and the community in which they lived.
The couple were married for 61 years, having been married in 1954, and together they reared a family of 10 children - five boys and five girls.
Fr Gerry Brady who served in Newtowncashel for 21 years paid tribute to Cissy Farrell this week.
Fr Brady who is now serving in Shannonbridge, said she was a lovely lady who was committed to her family, her community and the church.
“Cissy worked hard all her life and reared a big family; she was blessed with a long life and it is very unfortunate that it has ended as it has,” he added.
Speaking to the Leader, Martin Skelly who is a neighbour of the Farrell family said that Cissy was a very popular lady who loved her family and the people around her.
“Herself and Paddy were inseparable,” he explained.
“They lived life to the full ,” he continued.
Her sudden passing has deeply shocked the tight-knit community of Newtowncashel and people were rallying around the Farrell family in recent days in the wake of the tragedy.
Gardaí in Cavan are currently investigating the crash which happened on the R188, Monaghan to Cootehill road, at Stranooden on October 10 last.
In the aftermath of the accident, Cissy was taken by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
She was part of a group of five travelling in the car at the time of the collision which included Paddy and one of their daughters.
Cissy Farrell is survived by her husband Paddy; daughters; Mary, Breda, Edel, Sr Gabrielle and Catherine; sons; Michael, Gerry, Paddy Mel, Colm and Niall; brother Joe Flood, extended family, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May she Rest in Peace.