Death: There was widespread sorrow throughout her native Ballinagh and surrounding areas with the news of the death of Rose O’Brien at her home in London, following a brief illness.
Daughter of the late Frank and Anne O’Rourke, Drumlion, Rose came from one of the parish’s oldest and most respected families. Following her education at Ballinagh Girl’s National School, Rose moved to England and took up a position at a factory at Crystal Palace, London. She went on to become the manageress of the establishment and remained there up to her retirement. She was blessed with a beautiful singing voice and is survived by her daughters, Susan and Diane; sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, Christopher and Pat and sisters Kathleen Byrne (Carlow), Mary (Mae) Mohan (Drogheda), Josephine Fiveash (London) and Agnes Sheehy; nephews nieces, relatives and friends. May she Rest in Peace.
Church Services: The vigil and Christmas morning Masses at St Felim’s Church, Ballinagh; St Patrick’s Church, Drumcor; St Patrick’s Church, Ballintemple and Kilmore Cathedral were attended by very large congreations over the festive period.
Wren Boys: The heavy rain and bitterly cold winds on St Stephen’s Day saw most people remain indoors, but one group of people braved the elements to do the rounds in search of a copper to bury the wren! For those brave people, it is understood that the financial rewards proved very interesting indeed!