ACCIDENT VICTIM: As reported in last week’s issue Micheal O’Reilly Kilsallagh lost his life in a tragic road accident on Saturday February 25th and was laid to rest following requiem Mass in St Felims Church on Wednesday February 29th with the remains removed from his home for the 11 o’clock con-celebrated mass with chief celebrant Rev Peter Casey PP. The Church was crowded to capacity with hundreds unable to gain admission and following the religious service via the public address. To his parents Seamus and Eilish brothers Darragh Karl Stephen Adrian and Julian sister Regina uncles aunts and a large family circle. May I extend the sympathy of our community. May he rest in peace.
SISTER MARY MCVEETY: There was widespread regret throughout her native district as news spread of the death on Monday February 27th at St Vincents hospital Dublin following a brief illness of sister Mary McVeety of the missionary sisters of the Holy Rosary and a native of Gortahurk Ballinagh. Eldest daughter of the late John and Anne McVeety (nee Soraghan) Mary attended Ballinagh girls national school. In 1944 the family having purchased a larger holding at Kilmainham Ballinagh moved to their new home. Mary’s secondary education commenced at Loretta College Cavan where she excelled in all subjects and on obtaining her leaving cert with honors chose the teaching profession for her career ,joining the staff of Kilderry National school. Mary quickly endeared herself to the pupils their parents and teaching colleagues. A noted amateur actress Mary played a lead role as a member of Ballinagh Dramatic Society in many notable productions. Mary’s great kindnrss warm and friendly personality good sense of humour together with her natural good looks made her a welcome favourite among all age groups in any gathering. After three years in the classroom Mary announced to family and friends her intention to join the religious life by entering a convent with the missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary the order of her choice. In those days of half a century ago life inside the convent walls while always rewarding and fulfilling could have strict rules and in the case of the order chosen by Mary McVeety one was that on entering you were forbidden from ever returning to the family home. The date for entry was a crisp autumn day as relatives neighbours and family friends came together at the McVeety farmhouse to wish Mary good health happiness and God’s blessings in the religious life. The hour for departure came with the arrival of the taxi from Ballinagh with Jack Smith in the drivers seat to take Mary accompanied by her parents to the convent headquarters at Drumilly Killeshandra. Mary bade goodbye to those assembled - one being the writer of this column – with a friendly handshake,gentle hug and parting kiss as tears flowed from the eyes of many. But for Mary herself her peace and inward happiness was obvious to all as she set out on the road to answer the call of the divine master. Following her final profession Sister Mary left for the mission fields of Africa where for more than fifty years she served the native community with distinction through education and in spreading the gospel message. During the papacy of Pope John XXIII the rule forbidding sisters from order visiting their family home was removed and for many decades sister Mary had been a very welcome visitor to her home where she spent holidays with her brother Harry sister in law Teresa (Tessa) and their family at the homestead at Kilmainham. Her passing is widely mourned. Predeceased by her brother Harry she is survived by her brother Timothy sisters Rose Anna and Pauleen,nephews nieces and large family circle to whom I extend the sympathy of our community. The funeral took place on Thursday following con-celebrated mass in Beechwood parish Church Dublin with burial in Shangaragh cemetery. May she rest in pace.
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