Late Kathleen Duggan
The peaceful death took place on Thursday, June 13th in the loving care of her family of Katie Duggan, Portland, Lorrha. Born on the 13th September 1915 to Pat and Bridget Nolan, Kilroran, Ballygar, Co. Galway, the youngest of seven children, five girls and two boys. After finishing school in Ballygar she qualified as a dressmaker at Trainers Dressmakers. She subsequently moved to employment in Clonmel with the Sisters of Charity at Morton Street. There she taught dressmaking to the pupils of the Convent School during the 1930’s. On returning to her native Co. Galway later, she found employment at Shiel’s Shop, General Merchants at Ballishrule where she continued to dressmake. It was while working in Shiels that she met her future husband Tom Duggan from Ballinakill, Moyglass, Loughrea. Tom was a carpenter with Mick Shiels who operated as a building business from the same address. She and Tom married in 1946 and moved to live in Portland, Lorrha where they bought a house and small holding of land. Katie frequently cycled the forty miles from Portland to Ballygar to visit her parental home.
Tom and Katie raised nine children despite the fact that Tom suffered serious illness in the 1950’s which necessitated brain surgery at The Mater Hospital, Dublin. Katie however continued her dressmaking business from her home in Portland where she trained young girls to the dressmaking profession along with caring for and nursing her sick husband back to health and raising her young family. Tom predeceased her on April 17th, 2003. In January 2009 Katie suffered a stroke which resulted in her requiring full time care which was provided in her own home by her family assisted by wonderful Carers. Katie enjoyed a reasonably good quality of life until very recently.
Also predeceased by her daughter Mary (Spillane) on 28th October 2007, Katie is survived by her sons P.J. (Lorrha), Thomas (Clonmel), John (Drogheda), Oliver and Hubert (Lorrha), daughters Brigid and Kathleen (Dublin), Carmel (Galway), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours to whom sympathy is offered. After funeral Mass in St. Ruadhan’s Church, Lorrha on Sunday 16th burial took place afterwards in Calvary Cemetery, Portumna. May her gentle soul rest in peace.