Death of Kathleen O'Brien - community activist, politician and Portlaoise hospital campaigner

Pat Somers

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Death of Kathleen O'Brien - community activist, politican and Portlaoise hospital campaigner

Pat Somers pat@leinsterexpress.ie @laoisnews

The death took place late yesterday evening (Wednesday) after a long illness of former Councillor and Portlaoise community activist, Kathleen O'Brien.

Kathleen O'Brien, who was in her late 60s, was immersed in community life in Portlaoise, and Laois, throughout her life.

She served one term as a Fine Gael County Councillor, and was a Portlaoise Town Councillor for many years.

She was a driving force in Portlaoise Tidy Towns where she served in a number of positions on the committee, and was a familiar figure on the streets of the town during the spring and summer months during the evening clean ups.

She was also instrumental in the maintenance and upkeep of the Burial Ridge in the town.

She was also Chairperson of the St. Peter and Paul's Graveyard Committee, and a member of St. Joseph's Accordion Band.

She was a longstanding and active member of the Portlaoise Hospital Action Committee and was a vociferous and tireless campaigner for Portlaoise Hospital for years. She was also on the committee of the Friends of Portlaoise Hospital.

She was also a former employee of the Leinster Express, where she worked for two periods in the 1960s and 1970s.

She was predeceased by her husband Pat, who was a member of the Defence Forces. Her sister, Mavis Kinsella also died last year in Athy.

Kathleen O'Brien (nee) Dunne died peacefully at her home at Millview, Portlaoise on Wednesday evening, surrounded by her family.

She is survived by her daughter Fiona (Moycullen), sons, Andrew, and Damien and sister Geraldine and deeply regretted by her family, brother-in-law Declan, sister-in-law Marie, son-in-law John, daughter-in-law Joan, grandchildren Niamh, Neil, Darragh, Ronan, and Liam, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of relatives and friends.

Reposing is at Keegan's Funeral Home from 5pm on Friday evening with rosary at 8pm. Removal from her residence on Saturday to SS Peter and Paul's Church to arrive for 10am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery, Portlaoise. House private on Thursday. Family flowers only, donations, if desired, to the Cuisle Centre.