Death of 101 years old Kitty Kelly

Death of 101 years old Kitty Kelly

The sad death occurred on 23rd December 2013 of Mrs Kate (Kitty) Kelly, wife of late James, Rath, Abbeyshrule at Thomond Lodge Nursing Home in her 101st year. She was a lovely, gentle lady whom everyone grew to love and respect. Kitty was born on the 28th March 1912 the year of the Titanic disaster which was the precursor one could say, of the many national, European and World disasters which formed the background to her long life and indeed the entire 20th century. None of these events however, dampened her great spirit. Kitty lived life to the full, brought up her family with great pride, worked hard and like practically all rural people of her time, became self-sufficient food wise, growing and producing almost all the necessities – vegetables, milk etc. She loved the beautiful things of nature, the various shrubs and plants which she cultivated with great care. Her love of the Irish language, music and culture was life long. All who came to her door were greeted in Irish and welcomed in, rarely leaving without a cup of tea or perhaps “something stronger”. Sport formed a major part of Kitty’s pastime and enjoyment, particularly Gaelic football, rugby, athletics and soccer, especially if Longford Town was involved. Classical music, especially the great tenors were a great relaxation, a lot of whom were compared with the Count McCormack. His performance at the Eucharistic Congress of 1933 was fondly remembered. The celebration of Kitty’s 100th birthday on the 28th March 2012 was a great occasion enjoyed by neighbours, relatives and friends on a beautiful warm sunny day. And the respect with which she was held in the Abbeyshrule and surrounding areas was very evident by the huge number of people who called to the family on hearing of her death to pay their last respects and the Church at both her removal and Funeral Mass was packed to capacity, a fitting tribute to a kind lady. Kitty will be sadly missed by her daughters Maureen, (Forgney), Bridie (Blackpool), sons Tom (Leicester) and Jim (Moigh) to whom we extend our deepest sympathy and also to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. She was laid to rest at Forgney cemetery. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam dilis.

Calendar on Sale

Ballymahon & District Credit Union has produced a Calendar to mark their 25th Anniversary. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will be divided between the Ballymahon branch of St. Christopher’s and the Convent House Day Care Centre. Please support these worthy charities by giving a minimum suggested donation of €2. The calendars are on sale in the Credit Union office.

Leo Casey History Group

The next meeting of Ballymahon Leo Casey History Group will take place on Friday, 17th January 2014 at 8.00p.m. Please note for the time being, these meetings will take place on Friday instead of the usual Thursday. Usual venue:- The Dean Egan Community Centre. Light refreshments will be served as usual and newcomers are always welcome.

Club ’91

Will resume on Wednesday, 15th January at 8p.m. Hopefully everyone is refreshed after the break and that you all enjoyed the Christmas. The committee are looking forward to seeing everyone again, new members are always welcome.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje from Knock

Will take place on 10th Sept 2014. Price €699 per person sharing, all inclusive. €100 off if paid in full by 3rd February. €50 off in Deposit only is paid by 3rd February Contact Marita Concannon on 098 64017 or 089 4146331.

Church Renovation Fund

The St. Matthews Church Renovation Fund monthly collection will resume over the coming weekend, 18/19th January at all Masses.

Art classes

For beginners and improvers will resume on Wednesday, 15th January in Betty Fox’s, Main Street from 8 to 10p.m. There will be six Classes at a time and will continue onwards. Medium used – Acrylic Paints. Individual attention and demonstration is assured. For further details please contact Christine at 087-2814763 or 09064-38004.

Eucharistic Adoration

Resumed in St. Matthews Church on Tuesday, 7th January and will continue every Tuesday throughout 2014 from 10.30a.m. after morning Mass right through to 11p.m. The Church is always heated so perhaps you would consider going along for just one hour each week for some quiet prayerful reflection.

Jewellery Sale

We wish the best of luck to Diane at D’s Coffee & Crafts, Main Street with her massive Jewellery Sale with 60% off all the Jewellery, reduced to clear. Many gifts are also reduced. Don’t miss out, once its gone its gone.

Yoga Classes

Will commence at Betty Fox’s, Main Street on Monday, 20th January from 7.30p.m. to 9p.m. with Niamh Doyle. Each class costs €12. For booking and further information please contact Niamh at 086 4672685. Everyone welcome.

Counselling Service

“Life is not what it is supposed to be, it is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference”… Virginia Satir. Problems crop up in life that may leave people feeling unable to manage. Trying to cope with this stress on our own can be tiresome. People often find that they just need someone to listen, without making judgments or giving advice. Many people have found counselling to be helpful and rewarding. At the Bridgeways Family Resource Centre in Ballymahon , the Counsellor does not criticize or judge. She provides a safe and confidential space for you to explore, discover and clarify ways of living more agreeable. This is a low cost Counselling Service, now available costing €10 per session. Take the first step by contacting Melissa at 085 1648632.

Bog Lane Theatre

The Bog Lane Theatre Ballymahon is having a 25th Anniversary party in the Theatre on Saturday, 18th January at 8.30p.m. It would be great to see past and present members there for a long overdue catch up. R.S.V.P. 087-2352459 .

School Grinds

An experienced teacher is available to teach Junior Certificate Mathematics and Science and Leaving Certificate Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Home Economics. Discount rates available for group bookings. Based in Abbeyshrule. Call Joanne at 086 0685878.


Well done to County Longford football team who defeated A.I.T. Athlone in the O’Byrne Cup on Sunday afternoon last in Leo Casey Park, Ballymahon and to local lad, Kevin Diffley who was on the panel. Well done also to the local club officials who had the pitch in great condition for the match.

Death of Mrs Sheila O’Reilly

It was with deep regret that we learnt of the death on Thursday last, January 9th at Mullingar General Hospital, of Mrs Sheila O’Reilly, (nee Hagney), Ledwithstown, Ballymahon and native of Donegal. Sheila and her husband Tom who were married 50 years ago on 31st December lived up in Donegal for a long number of years and they returned to Tom’s home place in Ledwithstown back in 1996. She was always the proud Donegal woman, when her County won the All-Ireland Final in 2012 , Sheila was absolutely delighted and made no secret of it. She was a quiet-spoken kind and gentle lady who loved her family dearly, she had a great love of music and was a lady of deep religious faith. During the many long years when she enjoyed good health Sheila enjoyed nothing better than to be out gardening, she loved being outdoors. She was a devoted mother and as the years passed she looked forward to her ten grandchildren visiting her telling her all their little tales. A large number of neighbours and friends called to the O’Reilly home at the weekend to say goodbye to a lovely lady, she will be dearly missed. Sheila’s remains were brought to a packed St. Dominic’s Church in Kenagh on Sunday evening last and following the Funeral Mass on Monday she was laid to rest at Kilcommock Cemetery. We offer our sincere sympathy to her husband Tom, daughters Eileen and Mary Ann, sons Daniel, Liam and Michael, sisters Grace (Galway) and Ann (London), grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. Go ndeana Dia Trocaire ar a h-anam.

Welcome home

To Mickey Noonan, Lr. Main Street who has come home from London where he has been working for a long number of years and has now come back to live in his new home at Lr. Main St. We wish Mickey good health and happiness in his retirement.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Margaret Gray, St. Matthews Park on the death on January 1st of her sister Mrs Bernadette Kelly, McHugh Park, Kenagh and also to their family and extended family. May she rest in peace.

Lotto win

Congrats to Ann Molloy, Ballymahon who won €80 in the Kenagh G.A.A. Lotto on January 5th. Well done Ann.


We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs Rose Ann Reilly, Lisdoughan, The Pigeons and to all her family on the death last week of her husband Peter, in his 95th year at Mullingar General Hospital. May he rest in peace.