Details from Michael Dawson with thanks:
Ms SARAH STYNES RIP
Ms Sarah Stynes, Grangeford, Bennekerry, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, in the care of the doctors, nurses and staff at Glendale (Sonas) Nursing Home, Tullow on Wednesday 15 June. She was the daughter of the late Annie and Michael Stynes and sister of the late Ita, Peg and Tom.
Her remains reposed at McGuill’s Funeral Home, Bennekerry before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Friday 17 June for Requiem Mass, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Sarah will be sadly missed by her loving daughter Ann, son-in-law Danny, granddaughter Danielle, grandson Joe, great-grandchildren Noah and Layla, nephews, nieces, brother Joe, extended family, neighbours, friends and especially her friends at Glendale (Sonas) Nursing Home.
UNA BUGGY BAILEY RIP
The communities of Ballon and Tullow were united in grief following the news of the death of Mrs Una Buggy Bailey which occurred peacefully and in the presence of her loving family at Carlow Hospice on Sunday 5 June. Una, formerly from Ballon, was the eldest daughter of Liam and Margaret Buggy. She married Cormac Bailey from Ballymurphy, Tullow in 2009. The 46-year-old also leaves behind two children, Sarah and Daragh.
Although she was taken from this world at a young age Una managed to pack a lot of activities into her short life. Following her secondary schooling at St Leo’s College, Carlow, Una worked in various jobs including Griffins Pharmacy, Tullow, Kerry Group and the family shop in Ballon before moving to the family business, Buggy Curtain’s in Ballon. She had a passion for jigsaws, loved movies especially James Bond films and had a great fondness of animals.
She was involved in Community Games at rounders and in the variety group winning medals in the former discipline. She took up tug-o-war where she had considerable success under the tuition of All Ireland winner, Matin Gray.
Una’s remains reposed at her residence before being taken to The Church of The Most Holy Rosary, Tullow, on Tuesday 7 June for Requiem Mass after which she was laid to rest in Grange cemetery alongside her baby son, Frank who died in 2017 and where a large number of friends and neighbours gathered to offer comfort to her grieving and heartbroken family.
Una was a shining light in the Buggy and Bailey families and will be sadly missed by her husband Cormac, children Sarah and Daragh, parents Liam and Margaret, brother Bill, sister Lorna, mother-in-law Una, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends.
SEAMUS CUMMINS RIP
Seamus Cummins, Chapel Street, Ballon. whose death took place unexpectedly at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Friday 3 June was one the best-known and highly regarded men in the parish of Ballon and Rathoe and far and wide for his talents and many and various activities.
Originally from Ballintrane, and aged 85 years, he was one of eight children born to James and Rosie Cummins. He worked as a mechanic in Flynn’s Garage in Tullow for many years before setting up his own business in Ballon.
He then spent twenty years at Newark Printers in Ballon before retirement.
He married Jenny Nolan from Ballon in 1960 and the couple had six children.
Seamus had many strings to his bow. On the sporting side he played Gaelic football mostly with The Fighting Cocks, handball with Ballon and was chairman of the Carlow County Board for a time circa 1967, was very much to the fore in establishing Burrin Celtic Soccer club in the 1980s, was chairman of the club for 21 years and was the driving force behind the purchasing and development of their Valley Grounds. He also played recreational tennis with the Ballon club.
In the 1960 and ‘70s he was a prominent member of the Ballon Drama Group often playing leading roles opposite his wife, Jenny and was also prominent in the local Tops of the Town Group. He played with several showbands including The Rhythm Rebels and later was leader of the Krimson Showband which included his son Martin (RIP) and daughter, Rose. He served on the Ballon Hall Committee and was involved with the building of the original Community Centre. He was also a former Eucharistic minister and helped out in Ballon Church whenever he was called upon.
Seamus’ remains reposed at his home before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Tuesday 7 June and interment took place in Ballon cemetery after Requiem Mass on the following day. Burrin Celtic AFC and The Fighting Cocks GAA clubs provided a Guard of Honour at both the removal and funeral.
Seamus is mourned by his wife Jenny, daughters Rose (Chapel St), Ann (Carlow), sons Paul (Closh), Jimmy (Ballon) and Ger (Closh), son-in-law John, daughters-in-law Caroline, Gerardine, Jacquline and Antoinette, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers Joe (Ballintrane), Brother Ger (Rockwell College), sisters Mary (England), Jane (England), Patty (Maple Lawn), Theresa (Ballintrane), Rosaleen (Rathvilly), brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and his many friends. He was predeceased by his son Martin in 1996
MR RICHARD (DICK) MAHER
Mr Dick Maher (87), Ballylean, Ballon, whose death took place at his daughters Joany’s home on Tuesday 10 May was known far and wide and was very popular with the large circle of friends who knew him. Dick was one of the great ‘ramblers’ in this parish visiting the home of his neighbours and friends for a game of cards while entertaining them with his wit and storytelling. He was, above all, a good and kind neighbour and friend always ready to lend a hand to those in need.
Dick took over the family farm from his parents, Jimmy and Maggie, on leaving school and farmed all his life, and while he worked hard he took time to socialise and in his youth attended dances all around the county and neighbouring counties. He married Betty Buckley from Millstreet, County Cork, then a teacher in Kilquiggan, Co Wicklow and later Rathoe, in 1965. The couple had five children, three sons and two daughters.
Dick loved the GAA and played his early football with both Myshall and Fenagh, there being no team in Ballon at the time. He later played on the old Ballon team of the 1960s and was a great supporter of the re-establishing of the current club in 1977. He was a regular match goer and also followed the County Carlow team regardless of their fortunes. He was also involved with parochial work and served on the Community Centre and Bingo committees for many years.
His remains reposed at his daughter and son-in-law, Joany and Frank Feeney’s home in Laragh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon for Requiem Mass on Friday 13 May followed by burial in the local cemetery. Fr Jim O’Connell Adm officiated assisted by Rev Lester Scott. Ballon GFC formed a Guard of Honour as the cortege made its way from the church to the cemetery.
Dick is mourned by his daughters, Margie Killeen (USA) and Joanie Feeney (Laragh); sons, Jimmy (Galway), Dinny (Ballylean) and Richie (USA); sons-in-law Mick and Frank; daughters-in-law Liz, Denise and Kerry; grandchildren Sarah, Margie, Adam, Hailey, Joan, Cayden, Kevin, Brian, Michael and Emmett; sisters Tess (Hollybrook), Maria (Sligo) and Alice (Moneygall), brothers Seamus (Bray) and Simon (Bray, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, his many kind neighbours and friends. He was predeceased by his wife Betty in 2011 and by his sister Peggy Brady.
MRS MAUREEN OWENS RIP
The death occurred at Naas General Hospital on Thursday 7 April of Mrs Maureen Owens, Sherwood Park House, Kilbride. Formerly Maureen Cleary was the daughter of Walter and Kathleen Cleary from Aghade and was aged 80.
She married Paddy Owens from Baltinglass in 1968 and soon afterwards they moved to Perth in Australia where the first three of their six children were born. On returning to Ireland they bought and extensively renovated Sherwood Park House which Maureen and Paddy turned into an upmarket guest house. Maureen had a great love of art and antiques and over the years amassed a collection that enhanced the beautiful Sherwood Park House.
For over twenty years they were really successful with Sherwood being #1 on TripAdvisor for Carlow and got rave reviews including appearing on the front page of the NY Times Supplement, Homes and Interiors and the Farmers Journal. One suspects that Maureen’s legendary cookery skills also played a big part in the success of Sherwood. However, retirement eventually called and Maureen and Paddy enjoyed their autumnal years travelling and enjoying life a bit more.
Maureen’s remains were removed to SS Peter and Paul Church, Ballon on Saturday 9 April and burial took place in Ballon cemetery after Requiem Mass on the following day.
Maureen will be sadly missed by her husband Paddy, daughters Carmel, Barbara and Rosemary, sons Justin, James and Pat, grandchildren Aoife, Adam, Sara, Paddy, Carol, Josh, Juliette, Páidí, Eoghan, Sadhbh, great-grandchild Nancy, daughters-in-law Jackie and Cathy, son-in-law Toby, Carmel’s partner Barry and James’s partner Jill, her extended family, friends and kind neighbours. She was predeceased by her brother Jim and sister Carmel.
MICHAEL BYRNE RIP
Michael (Mick) Byrne, The Forge, Connaberry, Ballon passed away suddenly at his residence on Friday 8 April. Aged 76, he was the second son of the late Joe and May Byrne.
Michael was held in high esteem by all those that knew him, particular his neighbours on the Connaberry Lanes. He was a great follower of sport, especially the GAA and travelled to Croke Park regularly. The trip of his life was when he visited his brother Joe in Australia accompanied by his sister Eileen. He liked his TV and was a great lover of films especially the old black and white variety. Michael also liked to keep up with current affairs and was an avid reader of both the newspapers and novels and took a deep interest in American politics and politics in general. He liked to socialise and attend Tullow Day Care Centre on a weekly basis.
His remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Tuesday 12 April where they were received by Rev Jim O’Connell Adm. Burial took place in Ballon cemetery following Requiem Mass on the following day.
Michael is survived by his brother Joe (Australia), Seamus (Connaberry), sisters Eileen (Kerry), Breda (London), Clare (Mayo) and Marie (London) and by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, relatives, kind neighbours and friends.
LATE JOAN CARROLL
There was genuine and deep regret throughout Rathoe and Ballon, and indeed much further afield, following the death of Miss Joan Carroll, Rathoe which took place at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny on Tuesday 22 March. Aged 73, she was the eldest child of the late Michael and Mary Carroll, Rathoe.
Joan was a pillar of the community and was involved in many organisations in the parish but in particular Ballon/Rathoe Credit Union, an organisation to which she devoted the best part of 40 years. She also gave time to the upkeep of St Patrick’s Church and helped with the flowers there. She was also involved with the annual silver circle and goose club and was instrumental in setting up the monthly after mass coffee morning in the local hall.
Joan worked with Byrne and Dawson’s in Tullow before moving on to Irish Sugar in Carlow where she spent the remainder of her working life.
Her remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Thursday evening 24 March where they were received by Fr Tom Dillon and Fr Jim O’Connell. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass concelebrated by Rev Jim O’Connell and Rev Tom Little on the following morning.
Joan will be sadly missed by her brothers Tom and Pat, sister Marie and by her sisters-in-law Chris, Joan and Nellie, brother-in-law Tom, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours, her many friends and indeed the parishioners of her parish that she served so well. She was predeceased by her parents and brother Michael.
PC WHELAN RIP
The death took place at Sonas Nursing Home, Tullow on Saturday 5 March of PC Whelan, Ballykealey, Ballon. He passed away one day short of his 76th birthday. He was one of three children born to Paddy and Nell Whelan who at one time ran the ‘Slip Inn’ shop at Ballykealey. PC was well known throughout the area and there was deep sorrow at the news of his passing. He was also well known and highly thought of in the trucking industry.
On leaving school PC worked at Slaney Valley Dairies and later Midland Dairies in Ballon and following the closure of that plant drove for various haulage firms including Glynn’s of Graigue-na-Spideogue and Brian Kehoe Haulage Carlow. He had a passion for vintage machinery and cars.
His remains were reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on the evening following his death and burial took place in Ballon cemetery following Requiem Mass on Monday 7 March.
He was predeceased by his wife Bernie in 2001, his parents Paddy and Nell, brother Tom and sister Katsy. He will be sadly missed by his partner Frances and by his nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.
MS ANN O’BRIEN
There was widespread sorrow throughout the area at the news of the untimely death of Miss Ann O’Brien, Ballon, which occurred on Friday 25 February aged 52 years. Daughter of Mary and the late Tommy O’Brien, Ann worked in hospitality all her life in various hotels and bars such as Ballykealey House Hotel and Rathcrogue House but mainly at ‘The Long Man’ in Thomastown, County Kilkenny. She was a great lover of old movies as well as music and dancing.
Ann’s remains were removed from Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon on Sunday 27 February for Requiem Mass and burial took place immediately afterwards in Ballon cemetery. Members of the Ballon GAA club formed a Guard of Honour.
Ann will be sadly missed by her mother Mary, brothers Donnacha, Thomas and Kevin and sister Claire, her sisters-in-law Deirdre and Nicole, nieces Roisin and Niamh, her cousins, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her father, Tommy in 2004.
BERTIE MURRAY RIP.
Bertie Murray, Ballintrane, whose death occurred at his home on Friday 25 February surrounded by his loving family, was held in high regard not only in Ballon/Rathoe and his native Fenagh but throughout Carlow and much further afield. He was aged 84 years. A kind neighbour and a good friend to all who knew him, Bertie was County Carlow’s top athlete throughout the 1950 and 60s and in later days came to prominence as a ploughman winning six All Ireland titles as well as multiple placings. He had no equal locally either on the track or cross-country and holds a record that is unlikely to be broken. He won the 200yds, 400yds, 800yds, 1 mile and 3 miles plus five cross-country championships four years in a row between 1960 and 1963. He won a Leinster 1500m in 1960 and silver in both the 800m and 1500m in the All Ireland the same year. He was also a top badminton player winning numerous county championships. And when his sporting career came to an end Bertie took to the dancefloor where he was equally accomplished.
Bertie’s remains were reposed at his home before being removed to All Saints Church, Fenagh for Funeral Service on Monday 28 February and burial took place afterwards in the adjoining churchyard.
Bertie is survived by his wife, Sheila (nee Hunter), daughter Jean; sons Douglas and Eric; son-in-law Ned, daughter-in-law Fiona, Eric’s partner Arlene, grandchildren Ciara, Lisa, Gary Laura and Darragh, grandson-in-law Robert; greatgrandchildren Cian and Lee, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his son Trevor.
MAURICE DOWLING RIP
Maurice Dowling, Kellistown, Carlow passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday 22 January. He was aged 81.
Maurice is survived by his wife, Anne, sons Muiris, Brendan, Patrick, Trevor, and Ken, daughters Stephanie and Jill, brothers John and Brian, sisters Margery, Pam and Ronnie, sons and daughters-in-law Richella, Olwyn, Maria-Jose, Nathalie, Andrew, Eileen, Mark and Hannah, 22 grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, and friends. He was predeceased by his brother Cormac and son Coleman in 2019.
His remains were reposed at Healy’s Funeral Home in Carlow before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Monday 24 January for Requiem Mass, Burial took place immediately afterward in the adjoining cemetery.
Josephine O’Brien RIP
Josephine O’Brien, River Cottage, Ballynoe, Ardattin passed away peacefully at the District Hospital, Carlow & the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care, surrounded by her adored daughter Ann on Sunday 2 January. Josephine’s remains were interred in Ballon cemetery on Wednesday 5 January following requiem Mass in the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon. Josephine will be sadly missed by Anne, her son-in-law, Sean, grandsons Peter and Patrick, relatives, friends, and kind neighbours.