Deaths 2018

/Deaths 2018
Deaths 2018 2018-02-13T10:09:23+00:00

Details from Michael Dawson with thanks:



Late Mrs Babsie Cummins (002)Mrs Babsie Cummins, Kilnock, Ballon whose death took place at her home on Sunday 5 February was formerly Babsie Kirwan from Bendenstown, Rathoe. She was ages 76. Although christened Emily after her late mother she was known by Babsie all her life. She worked as a hairdresser in Tullow before marrying Joe Cummins, Ballintrane in 1963 and the couple had four children. She was a proud home maker and her interests included music and dancing. She was also a keen gardener. 

Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home, Fenagh and at her home before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Tuesday 7 February for Requiem Mass. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery immediately afterwards. Rev Jim O’Connell ADM officiated assisted by Rev Edward Whelan PE.

Babsie is mourned by her husband Joe; daughter Sinead Dowling (Boggan); sons Joe (Ballytarsna) and Brian (Kilnock); sister Mrs Nancy Donoghue (Rathoe); brothers, Billy (Bendenstown), John (Dublin) and Jim (Dublin) and by her daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members, neighbours and friends. She was pre-deceased by her son PJ in 1996


Late Mrs Teresa HuttonThe death took place at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Tuesday 30 January of Mrs Teresa Hutton, Rathoe. Aged 80, she was formerly Teresa Carroll from Crosslow, Tullow. She married Thos Hutton in 1957 and they had twelve children, six sons and six daughters. The couple celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary in June 2017. Teresa was devoted mother and homemaker and apart from her family her interests were flowers, gardening and bingo. She also liked to have a flutter on the horses and was a big fan of the Racing Channel.

Her remains reposed at her home before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe for Requiem Mass on Thursday 1 February and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery immediately afterwards. As a fitting tribute to a devoted mother her six daughters carried her coffin into the church while her six sons did likewise from the church to the graveside. Teresa is survived by her husband Thos; daughters Breda Nolan (Newtown), Eileen Nolan (Rathduff, Bagenalstown), Susan Dowling (Fenagh), Paula Philipsen (Kellistown); Marie Noonan (Ballinacarrig, Carlow) and Teresa O’Neill, (Rathrush); sons Willie (Rathoe), Tommy (Rathrush), Joe (Rathoe), Fergus (Rathoe), Ollie (Rathoe) and Noel (Rathoe) and by her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, twenty-two grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives.


celtic-crossThe death took place at Rathdrum Nursing Home, County Wicklow on Thursday 25 January of Tim Murphy, Quarry Street, Shillelagh and formerly of Sandbrook, Ballon. He was aged 83. The oldest son of the late Daniel and Stasia Murphy, Tim moved to Shillelagh to live with his brother Pat and family following the death of his mother some 40 years ago. Tim led an active life attending the Carnew Day Care Centre regularly and he also liked to have a flutter on the horses and was a big GAA fan.

His remains reposed at Byrne’s Funeral Home, Crab Lane, before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Saturday 27 January for Requiem Mass and burial took place in Ballon cemetery afterwards. Predeceased by his parents Daniel and Stasia Murphy and his brother Pat, Tim will be sadly missed by his nephew Raymond and family, friends and neighbours.



Late Mrs Marina KellyMrs Marina Kelly, Rathrush, Ballon, whose death took place at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Monday 15 January was formerly Marina McAssey and was originally from Ballintrane. She was aged 82.

In her younger days Marina worked at Erin Foods in Carlow and later in the grocery and bar at The Fighting Cocks. She was a quiet and gentle woman, a good friend and kind neighbour and was very popular in the locality. She was a great fan of radio and television and in particular Telly Bingo and she also loved playing scratch-cards.

She was also fond of puzzles and competitions and enjoyed a fair share of luck, once winning a car.

Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon for Requiem Mass on Wednesday 17 January and interment took place in Rathoe cemetery later that day. Rev Jim O’Connell ADM officiated.

Marina is survived by her sons Michael (Ballon), Declan (Arles) and Niall (Rathrush);daughter Audrey Coogan (Knockfield, Rathvilly); grandchildren Tara, Michaela, Dillon, Nicole and Ciara; son-in-law, Fergus; daughter-in-law, Bridget; sister in-law, Nora; nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her husband Paddy, in 2009 and her only brother, Arthur in 2016


Late Mrs Josie BrophyMrs Josie Brophy, The Bridge, Garrenleen, Fenagh, whose death took place at Riverdale Nursing Home, Ballon on Saturday 6 January was, at 97, one of the oldest residents of Ballon/Rathoe parish. She was born Josie Halligan in Ballintrane in 1920- one of eight children born to the late William and Mary Halligan.

She married Jim Brophy in 1943 and the couple had four children, two sons and two daughters. Josie’s main interests was gardening and nature and was gifted with green fingers. She also loved bingo and for years attended the weekly game in Ballon. She was very interested in news and current affairs and read the paper every day. As she turned 90 she gave a comprehensive interview to Seamus Hogan for Chronicle 2010.     

Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Monday 8 January for burial in the local cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Rev Jim O’Connell ADM.

Josie is survived by her daughters Bernie Rooney (Knockballystine, Tullow), Grace Jeaney (Garrenleen), sons Brian and Kieran (both London), sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. Her husband, Jim, predeceased her in 1978.   

Late John MCDonaldBallon/Rathoe lost one of its most popular and kindest parishioners and greatest sportsmen with the passing of John McDonald, Graiguealug, Fighting Cocks on Tuesday 2 January. Aged 75, John passed away peacefully at his home following a long illness having succumbed to Alzheimer’s over the past ten years.
A native of Rathdrum, County Wicklow, John met local girl, Breeda Clarke in London and they returned to Ireland and married in 1969. He worked at IPL in Grangeford until the firm closed in the mid-1980s. John worked casually after that until he retired ten years ago.
A noted footballer, he was a great asset to the Fighting Cocks Club and helped them to glory in the Carlow JFC in 1971. The ‘Cocks’ had an extended run in the IFC during the seventies but without making the breakthrough to senior and John finally hung up his boots in 1983. He did, however, continue to play soccer for Burrin Celtic up to the mid-90s. He was manager of the local Burren Rangers side that won both the Carlow ‘A’ and ‘B’ minor championships and reached the league final in 1984.
Before all that he had played minor football as a young man with Wicklow and played adult football with the Avondale Club and while in London played for the Clann na Gael Club. He also played soccer for the Chelsea supporters club while in London.
But there were many sporting strings to John’s bow – he won several Carlow badminton championships and excelled at golf, darts, athletics and meggers.
Apart from sport John was a keep card-player and attended card-drives all over the area. He was also a noted dancer and was always in demand at parties for a waltz, a quickstep or even a jive.
John’s remains reposed at his home before being removed to St Patrick’s Church on Friday 5 January for Requiem Mass and burial took place in the local cemetery immediately afterwards. Rev Jim O’Connell ADM officiated, assisted by Fr. Edward Whelan PE, Fr Thomas O’Byrne, Myshall, Fr Tom Moore, Kerry (family friend) and Fr Diarmuid Byrne, Avoca (cousin). Hugh crowds were in attendance and the Fighting Cocks GAA Club formed a Guard of Honour.
John is survived by his wife, Breeda; daughter Josephine Slye (Myshall); sons John (Graiguealug), Colm (Ballon) and Donal (Graiguealug); son-in-law Declan; daughters-in-law; grandchildren; brother Jim (London); sister Lily (Rathdrum); brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his sister, May, in 2016.