2010
(Details and narrative provided by Michael Dawson - with thanks)
Mrs Patricia Eustace 4/12/10 Castlemore / Rathoe 82

The death took place at The Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow on Saturday 4 December of Mrs Patricia (Kitty) Eustace, Castlemore, Rathoe. Aged 82 years, Mrs Eustace was involved with several parish organisations and served and many committees. Her remains were removed from the family home to St Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Monday 6 December and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery immediately after Requiem Mass on the same day.
The late Mrs Eustace (formerly Kitty Nolan from Rathlyon) is survived by her daughters Mary O’Toole (Ballinunnery), Angela Thompson (Rathdowney), Martina Eustace (Carlow) and Ita Byrne Clonmore, sons Michael (Castlemore) and Tom (Castlemore), brother Paddy Nolan (Rathlyon), sisters Mrs Margaret Moody, (Kineagh), Mrs Mary Healy, (Crosslow) and Mrs Annie Brennan (Carlow) and by her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bill, in 2001.

Mrs Marie Doran 18/11/10 London/ Kellistown 55

The death took place in London on Thursday 18, November following a lengthy illness of Mrs Marie Doran. Aged 55 years, she was formerly Marie Dowling and the only daughter of Sheila and the late Jack Dowling of Kellistown. Cremation took place in London and her ashes were interred in Rathoe Cemetery on Friday10, December following Requiem Mass. Marie is survived by her husband Michael, daughter Tracy, mother Sheila, brothers Seamus (Ballon Hill), Sean (Tinryland),
Ger (Ballickmoyler), Michael (Fenagh), Liam (Fighting Cocks) and by her nephews and nieces.  Her father predeceased her in 2008.

Mr. Dick Bermingham 15/11/10 Rathrush 83

The death took place at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Carlow on Monday 15 November of Mr. Dick Bermingham, Rathrush, Ballon. He was aged 83 years.  Dick, who was a very quiet, man farmed all his life. His remains were removed from Byrne’s Funeral Home, Tullow to St. Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on the evening following his death and burial took place in Rathoe Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Wednesday 17 November. He is survived by brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.    

Ms. Eileen Murphy 13/11/10 Kellistown 92

The death took place on Saturday 13 November of Miss Eileen Murphy, Kellistown, Carlow. She was in her 92nd year. Her remains were removed from Kearney’s Funeral Home in Fenagh to St. Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on the following evening and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass on Monday 15 November. Ms. Murphy was pre-deceased by her brother, Jim and sister, Maisie. 

Mr. Paedar Jordan 25/10/10 Milltown, Kibride 66
Tributes have been pouring in all week to the late Peadar Jordan who died peacefully at his residence at Milltown, Kilbride on Monday, 25 October following a long illness. Aged 66, Peadar was a leading figure in farming circles and was particularly well known for his involvement in the Sugar Beet Industry. He was the last chairman of the IFA Sugar Beet committee and played a major role in securing the best possible deal for farmers during the reform of the sugar industry. Only last August he was awarded an Honorary Life Membership of the IFA which is the biggest honour that the Association can bestow on a member and is given in recognition of outstanding contribution to the association.
Peadar also served on the National Grain Committee and the Alternative Land Use Project Team. He was also to the fore in establishing the producer group, Balfarm, which has grown into one of the major buying groups in the country.

Back on home territory Peadar was a tillage farmer with a great love of the land and a great knowledge of machinery and an interest in vintage machinery.  In complete contrast and together with his wife Mary, whom he married in 1975, the couple established The Forge Restaurant in Kilbride in 2001 – a venture that has proved an outstanding success. 
Peadar’s remains were removed from the family home on Wednesday 27 October and burial took place in Ballon cemetery after Requiem Mass on the following day.
The IFA formed a Guard of Honour and his friend Pat Lalor played the pipes.
The attendance at both the removal and funeral were amongst the biggest ever seen in the village.
Peadar is mourned by his wife Mary, sons Peter and Patrick, daughters Rosemarie and Ann, brothers Bernard (Carlow) and Tom (Killane), sister Margaret (Carlow), nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and a large circle of friends.

Mr. Mick Carroll 27/9/10 Bendenstown 60

The news of the sudden death of Mick Carroll of Bendenstown, on Monday 27 September caused great sadness and disbelieve not just in his native Rathoe but much further afield.  The 60 year old Rathoe man died suddenly at his place of employment, Doyle’s of Busherstown, where he had worked for 46 years.
Mick was son of the late Michael and Mary Carroll of Rathoe and married local girl, Nellie Bermingham, in 1971. He was a devoted husband and father whose only interests apart from his family were the land and vintage machinery.
His remains were removed to St. Patrick’s Church, Rathoe on Thursday 30 September and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery after Requiem Mass on the same day.
Mick is mourned by his wife Nellie, daughters Linda, Sandra, Joanne and Marian,
step-son Tony, brothers Tom (England)  and Pat (Tullow), sisters Joan (Rathoe) and Marie (Australia), sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his son Michael who died following a road accident in 1995 coincidently also on 27 September. Apart from his family Mick will be sadly missed by the local community and by the Doyle Family, Busherstown.

Mrs. Hannah Brennan 20/6/10 Killane, Ballon 69

The death took place at her residence on Sunday 20 June of Mrs. Hannah Brennan, Killane, Ballon. She was formerly Hannah Lennon and was a native of Kilcarrig, Clonegal. She was aged 69 years. A devout woman, she spent all her time looking after her husband and family and her other interests were Irish music and dance and gardening.
Her remains were removed to the Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Ballon on the evening following her death and burial took place in the local cemetery following Requiem Mass on Tuesday 22 June.
The late Mrs. Brennan is survived by her husband, Tommy, daughters Mrs. Anna Hutton (Kilnock), Margaret (Killane), sons, Aidan (Kilnock), Eamon (Kilbride),  Tommy (Kilnock), David (Laragh), Colm (Sandbrook), brothers Pat (Cork), Tom (England), Seamus (Shillelagh), sisters Nan (Kernanstown), Tess (Rathrush) and by her sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

Sr. Kathleen Dawson 25/5/10 Templepeter/Kilnock  

The death took place at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny  on Tuesday 25 May of Sister Kathleen Dawson. Formerly Kathleen Dowling of Templepeter she was married to Patrick Dawson and reared a family of seven children at Kilnock, Ballon. During this time she taught at both Ballon and Drumphea National Schools. Three years after the death of her husband in 1981, Kathleen entered a novitiate for retired persons in Warwickshire and was professed in 1989.
Her remains were removed to St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown on the evening following her death and burial took place in Rathoe Cemetery on Thursday, 27 May.
Sr. Kathleen is mourned by her sons Pat and Michael, daughters Mairead, Oonagh,
Brid, Mary and Anne- Marie and brother Danny.

Mr Thomas Doyle 7/5/10 Ballon 66

The death took place at Waterford Regional Hospital on Friday 7 May of Mr. Tom Doyle, Ballon and formerly from Camolin Park Wexford. He was aged 66 years. His remains were removed from Kearney’s Funeral Home, Fenagh to the Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Ballon on the following evening and burial took place in Ballyduff Cemetery, County Wexford on Sunday 9 May. The late Mr. Doyle is survived by his sister Mary Kate O’Brien, Ballon and by his nieces, nephews and grandnieces.

Mrs Rita Nolan 23/2/10 Ballon 82

The death took place at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny on Tuesday 23 February of Mrs. Rita Nolan (nee McGrath), Ballon Village. A native of Garryhundon, Milford, she was aged 82 years. Rita served on the Parish Council for many years and was also a founder member of the Ballon ICA Guild. Along with her late husband, , she will always be associated with Our Lady’s Grotto in Ballon, the family having donated the site to the parish. However it’s as a good friend and kind and generous neighbour that Rita will be best remembered. Over the years so many people benefited from the produce of her garden - fruit, vegetable and eggs regularly given as gifts to friends and neighbours.
Her remains were removed from her home to the Church of SS. Peter and Paul, Ballon on Friday 26 February and burial took place in the local cemetery immediately after Requiem Mass.
The late Mrs. Nolan is survived by her daughters Valerie (Ballon), Caroline (Cork) and son Eamon (Ballon), brothers, John (Baltinglass), Dan (Offaly), Michael (Kilkenny), Charlie (Offaly), Eamon (Garryhundon) ,sisters,  Sheila Nolan (Connaberry), Alice Cox (Carlow), Marie McGrath (Carlow), Dolly McCormack (Athy),
Jeanie Lane (Newbridge) and Roseleen Tuite (Naas) and by her sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, nephews and nieces.  She was predeceased by her husband, Sean in 2001 and also by her brother Martin.

Mrs Sadie Sparkes 16/1/10 Kilnock, Ballon 83

The late Mrs Sparkes was a very popular and active member of the community and attended the weekly whist in Rathoe on a regular basis. She was also a member of the Active Retirement Group and was as a frequent visitor to the Tullow Day Care Centre. Her remains were removed from Kearney’s Funeral Home, Fenagh to All Saints Church, Aghade on Monday 18 January and burial took place in the adjoining cemetery following Funeral Service. Mrs. Sparkes is survived by her son Raymond, daughter-in-law Caroline, granddaughter Emma and by her sisters nephews, nieces and a large circle of friends. She was pre-deceased by her husband Robert in 1973.