28 May 2022

Longford saddened by death of lovely lady and dedicated hospital worker Catherine Reilly Clarke

Late Catherine Reilly Clarke, Sheepmoor Grove, Blanchardstown, Dublin / Coolarty, Longford

Longford saddened by death of lovely lady and dedicated hospital worker Catherine Reilly Clarke

The late Catherine Reilly Clarke, Sheepmoor Grove, Blanchardstown, Dublin / Coolarty, Longford

It is with genuine sadness and regret that we record the death of Catherine Reilly Clarke, Sheepmoor Grove, Blanchardstown, Dublin and formerly of the Bog Rd, Leitrim, Coolarty, Longford which occurred, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family at St Francis Hospice, Dublin on Sunday, January 23 following an illness.

Catherine was predeceased by her parents Michael and Kathleen Clarke, and also by her brother James of The Bog Road Leitrim, Coolarty.

She is survived by her sons Sean, Patrick and Adrian and their father Sean Reilly and by her brothers Anthony, Pauric, Peter and Meahal, daughter-in-law Catherine, partners Maria and Lynn, sister-in-law Vera, her beloved grandchildren Richard, Emily, Sarah and Seana-lynn, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends both in Dublin and Longford, also her work colleagues of 27 years in St Joseph's Hospital, Clonsilla, Dublin.

Catherine was a lovely jolly lady who enjoyed life and who worked hard for her family.

As a young girl, Catherine worked in the factory in Granard and on her time off she was always willing to take on what ever cleaning and house keeping  jobs that came her way and she took great pride in doing a good job.

The many lovely tributes paid to Catherine since her passing show how popular she was and they speak of the kind generous and caring lady who will be sorely missed by all.

While Catherine lived and worked in Dublin for most of her life, she loved coming home to the Bog Road and spending a night in McElvaney's lounge where she met and chatted with her many friends and school pals from Killeen school.

Catherine's remains reposed in Connell's funeral home in Longford on Tuesday evening, January 25 where her many neighbours had the opportunity to say a fond farewell to a loving mother, granny, sister and friend and offer their support to her family while following all Covid-19 guidelines.

On Wednesday morning, Catherine's cortege made that final journey down the Bog Road past the Clarke family home and on to St Mary's Church in Granard for her funeral Mass after which she was laid to rest in Granardkille cemetery.

We offer sincere sympathy to her sons, to Sean, brothers and extended family and May she rest in peace.

Catherine's family would like to thank all who looked after Catherine during her illness, those who cared for her in her home, the staff of St Francis Hospice, St Luke's Hospital and the Irish Cancer Society.

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