Late-Mrs-Brigit-BrennanMrs Brigit Brennan, Raheen-Killane, Ballon passed away peacefully surrounded by her heartbroken family at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, on Friday, 28 April. She was formerly Brigid Carroll and a native of Liscolman, Tullow.

Her remains were reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home, Fenagh, before being removed to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon, on Tuesday, 2 May, for Requiem Mass followed by burial in Ballon cemetery.

Brigit will be sadly missed by her husband John; sons PJ, John, Niall and Alan; daughters Linda, Christina and Lorraine; sons-in-law Joe, Ger and Alan; daughters-in-law Deirdre, Shelia and Leah; grandchildren Megan, Alison, Katelyn, Cillian, Shane, Darren, Danial, Gillian, Andrew, Michaela, Esme, Fionn, Willoe- Mae, Conor, Dasie and Charlie; sister Elizabeth, brother-in-law Donie, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and her many friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Paddy, Alice, and sister, Mary.


Late-David-Hutton-RIPThe tragic death of 50-year-old David Hutton in an accident at his workplace on Wednesday, 29 March, caused widespread sorrow and regret throughout his native parish of Ballon/Rathoe and his adopted parish of Paulstown. David was the youngest son of Ann and the late Jack Hutton, Ardristan and was a member of a very popular family in the area.

David met his wife, Caroline Murphy, in 1998 and got married in 2014. The couple had three children, Dean, Ross and Zoey, all of whom he encouraged to take up various sporting activities, Dean rugby and hurling, Ross hurling, rugby and athletics and Zoey camogie. In his youth, David was a leading light with Ballon/Rathoe AC and had numerous successes, as outlined in the club’s tribute reproduced below. David recently got involved with Gowran AC and he had a very proud day recently when he competed with Ross just a few days prior to his 50th birthday. He loved nature walks which he shared with his children, and a few years ago, he bought a caravan and toured the country with the family whenever possible.

David’s remains reposed at his home before being taken to the Church of the Assumption, Paulstown, for Requiem Mass on Monday, 3 April, followed by burial in the Holy Family Cemetery, Paulstown.

David is mourned by his wife Caroline, sons Dean and Ross and daughter Zoey, mother-in-law Mary and other members of Caroline’s family in Paulstown, where the family had set up home. He is mourned locally by his mother, Ann (Ardristan). Brothers Kevin, Noel, Johnny, Paul and Vincent, sisters Collette and Eileen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, relatives, work colleagues and neighbours and friends from both communities.

Ballon/Rathoe Community Games and AC, while offering their sympathy to the Hutton and Murphy families, paid tribute to David, saying that he was a talented young athlete and, from 1986 to 1990, was one of the outstanding juvenile athletes in Carlow. He won County Championships in sprint events as well as the 800m and 1500m distances. He also won the long jump on two occasions. He competed in cross country and won two county championships. This wide range of achievements proved his versatility as an athlete. Apart from his individual success, he also helped Ballon/Rathoe to many relay awards. He represented the area at the National Community Games finals on three occasions between 1986 and 1988.  David continued his athletic career right up to his death and, as recent as this year, was placed 2nd in the weight throwing event at the Kilkenny County championship on the same day as his ten year-old-son Ross competed.

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Late-David-GlynnDavid  Glynn, Huntsman Cross, Ballintrane, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in the wonderful and gentle care of the staff in the Oak Ward, South-East Palliative Care Centre, University Hospital Waterford, on Tuesday, 28 March. Aged 69, David was a member of one of the best-known families in County Carlow for his involvement in the family bus service and his interest in vintage steam engines. Many people will have travelled by Glynn’s buses for their days’ outings over the years. David’s attendance at Steam Rallies all over Ireland and England made him one of the best-known enthusiasts in that field.

David married Ann Tomkins from Crosslow in 1975, and the couple had four children, Gillian, John, Wesley and baby David, who died in infancy.

He served his time in Collier’s Machine Shop in Carlow before returning to the family business in Graiguenaspideog to work with his father, mother, brothers and uncles. He retired in 2022. Apart from his family, his great interests in life were motorbikes, steam engines, tractors and all forms of vintage machinery.

His remains were reposed at his home before being removed on Saturday, 1 April, to Holy Trinity Church, Ardoyne, for  Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

David will be sadly missed by his wife Ann, daughter Gillian, sons John and Wesley,

Son-in-law Paul, daughters-in-law Pam and Sharon, grandchildren Sarah, Charlie, Kyle, Pippa, Alyssa and Billy; sister Irene; brothers Albert, Allen and Noel, mother-in-law Elizabeth Tomkins; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.


Aisling-Nolan-McDonaldThe death has taken place of Aisling Nolan McDonald, Graiguealug, Fighting Cocks and late of Leighlin Rd., Graiguecullen, Carlow. Aisling passed peacefully after a short illness, bravely borne, on Sunday, 12 March, surrounded by her heartbroken family in the loving and compassionate care of the nurses, doctor and staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.

Aged 55, Aisling was a popular teacher at St. Fiacc’s National School in Graiguecullen.

Her remains were reposing at her former home, “Mount Close”, Leighlin Road, Graiguecullen, before being removed on Thursday, 16 March, to St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen, for funeral mass followed by cremation in Newlands Cross Crematorium.

Aisling will be sadly missed by her loving children, Jack, Des and Kate and their father, John, mother Margaret, brother Dessie. Sisters Marcella and Gillian, Jack’s partner Laura, mother-in-law Breeda, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other relatives, her colleagues in St. Fiacc’s National School and by her many friends. She was predeceased by her father, Joe, in November 2022.


Late-Jack-CorriganThe death occurred at  St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, on Thursday, 26 January, of Jackie Corrigan, Lisgarvan House, Ballon. He had spent the previous two years in the care of the management and staff of Riverdale Nursing Home, Ballon.

Married to Emily Jenkinson, Ballywilliamroe, Fenagh the couple have two grown up sons, Clive and Willie.

He was a member of the select vestry of the Adelaide Memorial Church in Myshall for many years and was heavily involved in parochial affairs. A lover of horses, he had a great enthusiasm for point-to-point-racing, and the Ballon meeting was held on his lands in Lisgarvan for close to two decades. As a sportsman, he was involved in many disciplines, both as an active player and as a spectator.

His remains reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh and at his home before being removed to the Adelaide Memorial Church in Myshall for Funeral Service on Sunday, 29 January, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.

Jackie is survived by his wife Emily; sons Clive and Willie (both Lisgarvan), Jane; grandchildren Kate, Amy, Grace, Liam and Ava; sisters Florence (Roscrea), Sydney (England) and Marion (Portlaoise); brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and a wide circle of friends. He was predeceased by his brother Billy and daughter-in-law Dorcas


Late-Mrs-Elizabeth-MeleniclisMrs Elizabeth Meleniclis, The Pottle, Kilbride,  who died on Monday, 2 January, was formerly Elizabeth Salter, Ratheenkillane, Ballon. Her remains were reposed at Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh before being removed on Sunday, 8 January, to All Saint’s Church, Fenagh, for Funeral Service followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard. The late Mrs Meleniclis, who was predeceased by her husband Peter, is mourned by her daughter Tana and son Rory, son-in-law Jonathan, daughter-in-law Karen, grandchildren Rachel, Eliana, Sarah, Ahron, Ava and Kyle, brothers Fred and George, sisters Phyllis, Evelyn and Dorothy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.




Michael-Nolan-RIPThe death took place peacefully on Sunday, 8 January in the presence of loving family and nursing staff at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge of Michael (Mick) Nolan, Moanamanagh, Bennekerry, Carlow.

His remains were reposed at his residence on the following day before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Tuesday, 10 January for a funeral Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Michael will be missed by his beloved wife Christine, sons John, David, Michael and Brian; grandchildren Grace, Molly, Méabh and Micheál, his brother Seán and sister Mary, daughters-in-law Colette, Anne and Regina; nephews, nieces, extended family and many kind friends and neighbours. He was predeceased by his sister Nora.



Late-Manus-WardThe news of the death of fourteen-year-old Manus Ward ‘Valley View’, Knockdoorish, Kilbride caused widespread sorrow throughout the community. Manus passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family following a long illness on Friday, 6 January. Manus is the cherished middle son of Bernard and Anne, adored brother of Oisin and Conal. And grandson of Tom and Elizabeth Malone and Edward and Margaret Ward. He is also mourned by his uncles, aunts, cousins, school friends from Ballon National School and his second-year class in Tyndall College, Carlow, extended family, friends and kind neighbours.

Manus reposed at his home on the day following his death before being removed  to the Church of SS Peter and Paul, Ballon for funeral Mass on Sunday 8 January

Cremation took place on the following day in Mount Jerome Crematorium, Dublin. 


Late-Mrs-Margaret-ReillyMrs Margaret (Maggie) Reilly (nee Flynn), Rathrush, Rathoe, passed away peacefully in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, 1 January. Maggie was well known throughout the parish for her singing and always did her party piece at the Evergreen party. She was chosen as one of the entertainers at Rathoe on adjudication day when Ballon/Rathoe represented County Carlow in Pride of Place. She was a member of the Rathoe Retirement group and a regular contributor at the Rathoe Song and Story nights.

Her remains reposed at Byrne’s Funeral Home, Station Road, Carlow, before being removed to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on the evening following her death. Interment took place in the adjoining cemetery after Requiem Mass on Tuesday, 3 January, which was concelebrated by Rev Jim O’Connell Adm and Rev Tom Little PP Askea.

Maggie is mourned by her grown-up children Emily, Jim, Ann, Paddy, Tom, Mylie and Kathleen and by her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her sisters Sarah, Ann and Mary, her brothers Bill and Dan, extended family, kind neighbours and many friends. She was predeceased by her husband Jim.