The County awoke on Sunday morning, March 23, to the sad news that a beloved literary figure had passed away.
Anne Skelly (née Collins) passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning after a long illness, which was borne with dignity and courage.
Originally from Dublin, Anne had lived in Glebe, Colehill for many years with her husband Mike and her four beloved dogs, and during her time in Longford, she made a huge impact on the literary scene.
A member of Ballymahon Writers’ Group, Anne had been writing short stories for more than ten years, and was shortlisted for various literary awards and competitions. In 2011, Anne published her debut novel, entitled ‘Foolish Pride’.
Taking on the position of Creative Writing Development Officer for Longford County Council, Anne instilled her love for writing on countless others in the county. Anne was also heavily involved in various other local activities including the Goldsmith International Summer School, and worked with the then Longford and Westmeath VECs, delivering creative writing courses.
Promoting all things literary, and nurturing the talent of those around her, Anne worked with a number of adult education groups, schools, writers’ groups and libraries.
Speaking to the Leader, fellow member of Ballymahon Writers’ Group and Library Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, Majella Reid, explained that Anne “was an extraordinarily warm and kind woman, and she’ll be very sadly missed.”
Anne is sadly missed by her husband Mike, stepdaughters, relatives, many friends from the writers’ groups, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
Anne’s funeral Mass took place yesterday, Tuesday, March 25 at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carrickedmond, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome.