Details from Michael Dawson with thanks:
MRS FREDA SHEPPARD
Mrs Freda Sheppard, Glenogue House, Bennekerry, whose death took place at her residence on Sunday 9 September was in her 102nd year and was the oldest parishioner in the parish of Ballon/Rathoe. She celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday 12 June 2017 in the company of family, friends and neighbours and received a very special message and cheque from President Michael D Higgins.
Born Freda Murphy in Kilbride in 1917, Freda was the oldest of three children of John and Jane (nee O’Neill) Murphy. Her younger siblings Dor and Jim predeceased her. All three Murphy children attended Kildavin National School.
Freda moved to Connaberry as a young girl to take care of a disabled aunt and two uncles and lived there until her marriage to Tommy Sheppard from Ouragh on 7 November 1945. The couple then moved to Aughwater before finally settling in Glenogue. Freda and Tommy had eight children, three sons and five daughters and the family farm extensively at Glenogue and Aughwater.
Mrs Sheppard’s remains reposed at her home before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Tuesday 11 September for Requiem Mass and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery immediately afterwards.
She is survived by her sons, Billy (Aughwater), John (Inch Island) and Tom (Glenoue), daughters Kit Counihan (Dublin), Una Roche (Enniscorthy) and Colette Clarke (Birr), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, kind neighbours, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her husband Tom in 1988 and daughters Mary Breen (2004) and Jane (aged 2 years in 1949).
MR JERRY CLARKE
The death took place peacefully at his home, on Sunday 2 September of Mr Jerry Clarke, Ballintrane House, Fenagh. A former member of the Irish Army, Jerry worked as a self-employed electrician for most of his life. He was an avid reader, a great lover of classical music and a keen gardener.
His remains reposed at his home before being removed to the Church of the Holy Family, Askea on the evening following his death and burial took place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Carlow after Requiem Mass on Tuesday 4 September.
Jerry is mourned by his wife, Noreen, sons Shane (Ballylinan) and Ciaran (Ballintrane), daughter Fiona (New Ross), brother Tom (Rathvilly), sister Kathleen Breen (Rathvilly), daughter-in-law Breege, grandchildren Rebecca, John and Le, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.
MRS MARIE O’NEILL
Mrs Marie O’Neill, Mount Leinster Park, Tullow Rd, Carlow whose death took place on Sunday 19 August was formerly Marie Doyle from Ballintrane. Her remains reposed in Healy’s Funeral Home, Pollerton Castle before being removed to the Church of the Holy Family, Askea for Funeral Mass on Wednesday 22 August and burial took place in Rathoe cemetery afterwards. Marie is sadly missed by her husband Tony, son Richard, daughters Clodagh and Gráinne, brothers Michael, Jimmy, Pat, Larry and Benny, sisters Christine and Angela, son-in-law P.J., daughter-in-law Geraldine, grandchildren Matthew, Shannon and Ella, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
MRS MARY O’BYRNE
The death took place on Thursday 5 July at Signature Care Nursing Home, Killerig, of Mrs Mary O’Byrne, Ingleglade, Rathoe. Aged 95 years, she was formerly Mary O’Toole from Rathglass, Tullow. Mary married Eddie O’Byrne, Ballinadrum in 1950, and the couple had seven children, three sons and four daughters.
Mary was a kind and generous woman who was very popular in the area. She enjoyed baking and made lovely soda bread. She was a farmwoman to the end, with a particular interest in hens, cows and gardening.
Mary’s remains reposed at her son Fiach’s home in Rathoe before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe, on Friday 7 July. Her remains were interred in the adjoining cemetery the following morning. Her nephew, Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory, officiated, assisted by Mons Brendan Byrne, Carlow, Canon Felix Byrne, Monaseed, Fr Gerard O’Byrne PP. Rathangan, Fr William O’Byrne PP. Kill, and Fr Thomas O’Byrne PP. Myshall.
Mary is survived by sons Ian (Tullow), Fiach (Rathoe) and Cyril (Rathoe); daughters Mary Fleming (Canada), Anne O’Byrne (Naas), Deirdre O’Byrne (Nottingham), and Caroline O’Byrne (London); sisters Jennie Gaffney (Dublin), Annie Claffey (Westmeath) and Carmel Farrell (Westmeath), sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Eddie in 1982.
Philip’s death took place suddenly at his home in Ballykealey Lane on Friday, the 9th of March.
His remains reposed at Kearney’s funeral home Fenagh before being removed to Ballon church on Wednesday, the 14th of March with burial in Ballon cemetery.
Philip, aged 49, worked as an IT support engineer at Dublin airport for ESP Global Services for the last 10 years.
He had a spiritual side to his nature and had an intuitive understanding of when his friends were troubled or down. He supported them by helping them to value themselves and restore self-confidence. His own bipolar condition helped him with this understanding.
He had a real interest in playing the guitar, cooking, gaming, graphic comics and DIY. His reading was diverse and deep and his ability to remember what he had read and seen was excellent.
Philip is survived by his dad Michael, (Ballon), brothers Maurice (Seattle) and Gareth (Dublin) and family members in Ireland and England.
His mother Elizabeth died in January 2016 . She was Philip’s prop and he had difficulty in accepting her passing.
MRS KATHLEEN CURRY
The death took place at Glendale Nursing Home, Tullow on Saturday 3 March of Mrs Kathleen Curry, Milltown. Kilbride.
Aged 77, she was formerly Kathleen Kavanagh and was a native of Garryhill. She had a great love of music and she was a regular visitor to the Day Care Centre in Tullow.
Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Monday 5 March and burial took place in Ballon cemetery immediately afterwards.
The late Mrs Curry is survived by her son, Rob (Milltown); brothers Jim (Garryhill) and Pat (Dublin); sisters Margaret (Thomastown) and Ann (Carlow) and by her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other family members. She was predeceased by her husband Terry in 1990.
MRS MARY KEALY
Mrs Mary Kealy, who passed away peacefully at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Saturday 24 February was one of the best known and longest residents of Ballon village. She was aged 75 years.
For many years Mary, like her aunt Jenny before her, ran a news agency from her home selling The Irish Independent, Nationalist, Ireland’s Own, Farmers Journal and other popular publications. Her home, in the centre of the village, was an open house where people visited and exchanged news and views.
Formerly Mary Kelly and daughter of the late Tommy and Bridget Kelly from Milltown, Mary moved to Ballon to live with her aunt Jenny Kelly when she was two years old and remained there all her life. She married Jim Kealy from Kilbride in 1982 and they had one daughter, Mary-Bridget.
Mary had a great love of horse racing and her favourite meeting was the Cheltenham Festival. Her great hero in the world of racing was Ruby Walsh. She also loved radio and Winning Streak was a must on TV.
Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Tuesday 27 February for Requiem Mass and burial took place in Ballon cemetery immediately afterwards.
Mary is survived by her daughter Mary-Bridget; brother Tim and sister-in-law May (Milltown); nephews, nieces and other relatives. She was predeceased by her husband Jim in 2001
MRS BABSIE CUMMINS
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
MRS TERESA HUTTON
The 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.
LATE TIM MURPHY
The 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.
MRS MARINA KELLY RIP
Mrs 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
MRS JOSIE BROPHY
Mrs 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.
Ballon/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.