Late Mae Hamell
The death occurred on Nov 13th of Mae Hamell, Killea and Richmond, Templemore. Mae died peacefully just short of her 93rd birthday following a short illness, surrounded by her extended family.
Born on 29th December 1924 to James and Mary Hamell, Killough, she attended National School in Longfordwood, Clonakenny and cycled to Secondary School to the Convent in Templemore.
After school Mae worked on the farm with her brother and sister. Mae specialised in Poultry Farming and she built up a large Poultry Farm with hens, turkeys, geese and ducks. She supplied a lot of locals with farm fresh eggs, and with geese and turkeys for Christmas.
She took great pride in her garden and supplied gooseberry and blackcurrant jams to local marts. Mae joined the ICA when she was very young and her holidays every year were to An Grianán – the ICA headquarters, where she spent two weeks learning skills such as knitting, sewing and flower arranging etc.
She was a member of Clonakenny Branch ICA for over 40 years and it was a fitting tribute to her that the Clonakenny/Roscrea branch provided a Guard of Honour on her arrival to Killea Church.
Mae also had a great interest in quizzes and travelled throughout the county with winning teams. She loved reading as a past time which helped to build up her wealth of knowledge.
After the death of her brother Tom, Mae left her home in Killough and moved to live in Richmond in Templemore where she attended the Day Care Centre daily. She always felt welcome by Anne McNamara and her staff. She made many friends there and took up painting under the guidance of her friend Joe Barry. Many of her paintings appeared in the Centre’s calendar over the past eight years.
She had a quiet manner but loved people to call to her house for a chat and a cup of tea. She will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing her.
Sincere sympathy is extended to her family: sister Teresa, (Tess), niece Mary McManus, nephews Jim and Noel Hamell, relations and friends.
Her remains reposed in Grey’s Funeral Home where many people came to pay their respects. Following Requiem Mass in St James Church Killea, interment took place in Templemore cemetery.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.