The Late Julie Delahunty - The death occurred recently of Sr. Julie Delahunty of Cullohill, Rathdowney. She left the area many years ago and went to America where she became a Dominican nun, she was a teacher and founded St. Justin’s High School in Sanforse. Her health eventually failed and she died at her home. She is sadly mourned by all her colleagues in the Dominicans, her sisters May (Waterford), Nan (Sr. Kieran), brother Martin (San Diego), Michael (Cork), all her cousins, relatives and friends. Reposing was in the Mortuary Chapel of the Dominican Convent, Removal was to St. Justin’s Parish Church. The principal celebrant of the Concelebrated Mass was Fr. Tom Delahunty (cousin) assisted by two American Priests. The burial was in Heaven and Gate Cemetery. Cousins from Ireland travelled to Sanforse for the funeral. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Ageing With Confidence - On Thursday, February 11th the 8 weeks course of Ageing With Confidence came to a close. After spending 8 weeks of delightful meetings, all the ladies were sad to see the course ending. It was an outstanding course of wisdom and knowledge and gaining confidence. Our tutors, Catherine Lalor and Trevor Stanley did an excellent job. We were all high in our praise for both of them and we learned a lot. The venue was the library and was really suitable. We expressed the hope that further classes would follow and we would all be available to attend again.
The Late Kieran McNeill - The death occurred on February 11th peacefully at his residence of Kieran McNeill of Cullohill, Rathdowney. He had been very ill and accepted his illness with courage and dignity. A very industrious man he had his own Ironworks and was really skilled. He is very deeply mourned by his heartbroken wife Mary (nee Bracken), sons Colm, Enda and Ronan, daughters Eimear and Ciara, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, brother and sister-in-law Seamus and Sheila Bracken, all his extended family, neighbours, friends and customers and everyone who knew Kieran. Reposing was at his residence. Removal took place on Sunday morning to St. Tighearnach’s Church, Cullohill for Concelebrated Requiem Mass which was followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. The large attendance at the funeral was a fitting tribute to a respected gentleman.
Business News - Thinking of starting a business in 2011. If you are unemployed and live in the Rathdowney area then maybe we can help. For confidential advice and guidance contact Frank White, Enterprise and Employment Officer, Laois Partnership Company, Railway Street, Portlaoise, Phone (057) 8662732 for appointment. This service is now available in your local area free of charge.
The Late Mrs. Margaret McGrath - The death occurred on Thursday, 10th February at Ardeen Nursing Home, Thurles of Margaret (Peig) McGrath (nee Phelan) of Croke Street, Thurles. She was formerly from Rathdowney and later made her home in Thurles. She was predeceased by her husband Phil and is very sadly mourned by her brother Phil (Phelan), Rathdowney, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends and everyone who knew Peig. Reposing was at Ardeen Nursing Home. Removal took place on Saturday evening to the Cathedral. On Sunday, February 13th Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery with her late husband. May she rest in peace.
Schools - Rathdowney is a hive of activity at the present time with extensions to both schools in progress. At the Conoboro end of the town an extension is in progress at St. Fergal’s College which makes the area very busy. At the Mooreville end an extension is in progress at the Primary School. This is a big job and will amalgamate the Convent School and the Boys School into one large school. This is the end of an era for the Convent School for Primary Children which will close and means no school there after a lifetime.
Work With Wool - We are very pleased to relate our knitting group ‘Work with Wool’ has got off the ground. Several ladies from the area and beyond are interested in knitting and have now resumed their skill. Every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. we assemble at Cuan Bhride Centre, Mooreville armed with needles and wool. All kinds of items will be knitted and when we have enough compiled we will have a sale and name a charity to which we will donate the proceeds of the sale, so knitting for charity has been a wonderful get together to raise funds.