Details from Michael Dawson with thanks:
LATE TOMMY NOLAN
One of the village’s oldest and most popular residents, Tommy Nolan, Ballon died peacefully at his home on Tuesday 14 February. He was aged 88.
Tommy Nolan lived all his life in Ballon. He grew up in Connaberry and after leaving school he started working with his father on their farm. A few years later he went to work on his father’s other farm in Knockballystine where he stayed from Monday to Saturday, cycling home on Saturday evening to spend Sunday with his family.
He was still involved in farming after he married his wife, Lizzie Ann Tobin, in 1955, and he built his house and shop in Ballon village with the help of his brother Paddy. He helped out in the shop at night after his day’s work on the farm and when he retired from farming he worked full time in the shop with Lizzie Ann until it closed in 2007 – an event which closed the door on a shop full of memories.
Tommy was known for his gentleness, and kindness and was a good and caring neighbour always ready to help others and never looked for anything in return.
He was actively involved in the community, and was on the Hall Committee in the 1970’s when the original Community Centre in Ballon was being built. He gave many hours of his time and gave the use of his tractor, cement mixer and any other equipment required to help with the construction of the Community Hall. He was always ready to lend a hand when called on for parish events. He was a hard-working man and led a good life, and apart from the latter years when his health declined, he had a full and successful life. Tommy’s remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Friday 17 February for Requiem Mass and burial took place in Ballon Cemetery immediately afterwards.
Tommy is mourned by his sons Ger and Eamon (both Ballon); daughter Jane Flynn (Kilkenny), sister Mrs Nuala Fitzsimons(Laragh); brothers Paddy (Connaberry) and Gerry (Carlow), and by his grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Lizzy-Anne in 2013 and daughter Eileen in 2016.
LATE NOEL DOYLE
Noel Doyle 6, St Martin’s Terrace, Tinryland, whose death took place at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Monday 30 January was one of ten children of the late Patrick and Sarah Doyle, Ballintrane, Rathoe. Aged 69, Noel served in the Irish Navy for a number of years before taking up a maintenance job at St Dympna’s Hospital, Carlow. In more recent times he worked as a casual labourer. He was big into gardening and also had a great love of reading. His remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to St Patrick’s Church Rathoe on Thursday 2 February for Requiem Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Noel is mourned by his family, friends and neighbours. He was predeceased by his son, Patrick and brother, John.
JIMMY ROGERS RIP
The death took place at St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on Saturday 28 January of Jimmy Rogers, 2, St Oliver’s Drive, Rathoe. Aged 71 years, Jimmy worked as a driver for over 52 years, latterly as a lorry driver but he is best remembered for his time as a school-bus driver. He loved sport, not as a participant but as a television viewer and the only sport he participated in actively was meggers with the Fighting Cocks Club some years ago. His remains reposed at his home before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Wednesday 1 February where interment took place in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass. Jimmy is survived by his wife, Kay; sons Tom (Ballon), Dan (Bagenalsown); daughters Pauline (Rathoe), Anna (Ballon), Catherine (Rathoe), Patricia (Bagenalstown) and Mary (Carlow); sisters Marie Bermingham (Kernanstown) and Lily Dermody (Bagenalstown) sisters Marie Bermingham (Kernanstown) and Lily Dermody (Bagenalstown) and by his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Jimmy, in 2006.
MRS ANNIE MALONE
Mrs Annie Malone, Kilbride whose death took place at Glendale Nursing Home, Tullow on Sunday 15 January was formerly Annie Pender from Killane, Ballon. In her 98th year Annie was the last surviving member of a family of four, two sisters and a brother. On leaving school Annie moved to Dublin where she worked as a cook for over four years, cycling there from Ballon on Sundays and returning on Friday evenings. She then returned to her naïve Ballon, working first at Altimont House and later Ballykealey House, and each evening would return home to assist with the farm-work at Killane. She married Tom Malone from Knockdoorish in 1946 and moved to Kilbride. The couple had four children, two boys and two girls.
Annie was drawn to politics and joined the Kilbride Fianna Fail Cumann and acted as secretary for a long number of years. During that time she canvassed on behalf of candidates during local, national and European elections and met three Taoisigh, Charlie Haughey, Albert Reynolds and Bertie Ahearne.
She had a deep passion for gardening and was frequently seen in garden centres searching for new or unusual plants. She was also a renowned cook and was a member of Myshall ICA and represented the guild at the All-Ireland bread making competition. She was also involved in Kildavin/Clonegal Senior Citizens and, of course, Kilbride GFC – a club her husband helped found in 1927.
Her remains reposed at her sons Tom’s residence at Closh, Ballon, before being removed to St. Lazerian’s Church, Kildavin followed by interment on Tuesday 17 January.
The late Mrs Malone is survived by her sons Tom (Closh), Eddie (Kilbride) daughters Chris Cusack (Dublin); Maureen O’Neill (Dunshaughlin); sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in 1976 and grandson, Barry in 1997.