The entire parish of Mullahoran has been plunged into sadness this week, following the untimely death of Kilcogy woman and community stalwart, Rita Nannery (nee Cullen).
The popular and much loved 60-year-old mother of eight children, was helping with the final preparations for the unveiling of a monument to the legendary fiddler Séan McGuire - due to take place on Monday evening in the village – which was being run in conjunction with the Fleadh Ceoil in Cavan town, when she was struck by a tractor close to her home at around midday. The commemorations were subsequently cancelled as a mark of respect to Mrs Nannery.
Leading prayers at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mullahoran on Monday evening, Fr Owen Devaney said that the thoughts and prayers of the whole community were with the Nannery family at this time.
Local Fianna Fáil Councillor in Mullahoran, Danny ‘The Gunner’ Brady was among the first to pay tribute to the late Rita Nannery this week. He described Mrs Nannery as a “community woman who was involved in all aspects of rural community life”. “This is such a tragic incident,” Cllr Brady said. “Rita Nannery was a great community woman and if you asked her to do something, she did it and to the very best of her ability. She was involved in everything from the Pioneers and tidy towns to the Church and helping her husband Thomas on the farm. She was very involved in the monument to Séan McGuire and she will be very sadly missed by her family and by the people of this parish.”
Rita Nannery’s remains will be removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Mullahoran at 8pm on Thursday, August 16 with funeral Mass on Friday at 10am. Burial afterwards to adjoining cemetery.
She is survived by her husband Thomas; daughters, Kathleen, Áine, Joanne, Mary, Breda; sons, Tomás, Padraig and Bart, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, extended family, relatives and many friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis’.