Borris-in-Ossory lost one of its oldest parishioners last week with the death of Sr. Rosarii Walsh, Sisters of Mercy, Borris in Ossory and formerly of Riasc, Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry.
Her death took place on Sunday April 21 at Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget, after a short illness.
Her remains reposed at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown until removal on Tuesday evening to St. Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory.
Following Requiem Mass on Wednesday morning burial took place in the new cemetery Borris in Ossory.
The chief celebrant at the Con-celebrated Mass was Rev. Fr. Padraig Kelleher (Longford), grand nephew of Sr. Rosarii.
In his homily, Fr. Kelleher paid many tributes to his grand aunt; he spoke of her inspiration to him and said it was very apt that she died on Vocations Sunday.
She was a great letter writer and he quoted from many of the letters she had sent him.
He paid tribute to Sr. Regina and the other sisters in the convent who looked after Sr Rosarii so well and helped her to enjoy her long and healthy life.
She is deeply regretted by her Community in Borris in Ossory, nieces, nephews, nephew-in-law, grandnieces, grand- nephews, great-grandnieces, great-grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
The late Sr Rosarii, who was in her 98th year, lived in Borris in Ossory for over seventy years.
After training as a Primary teacher she taught in Naas for a time.
She came to the Convent of Mercy, Borris in Ossory in 1942 along with her cousin and fellow Kerry woman, the late Sr. Joseph Fitzgerald. They both taught in the Convent Primary School for many years and she was instrumental in the building of a new school in the village in 1965.
Along with Sr. Joseph she also oversaw the setting up of a Secondary Top school where post- primary education was made available to local students for many years.
Being from the Kerry Gaeltacht, she had a great love of the Irish language and always tried to instill this love into her pupils.
She was a big part of the community in Borris in Ossory and loved to visit the sick and bereaved, and continued this pastoral work for many years after her retirement from teaching.
She had a great interest in all sport but her big passion was Kerry football. She knew all the players, both present and past and knew the clubs they belonged to.
At the graveside, local man Jim Kelly paid tribute to Sr Rosarii on behalf of the community.
He spoke of her work in education in the Convent School, also her pastoral work in the parish, her love of her family and her interest in their achievements and her dedication to all things associated with Kerry, especially the football! He finished the tribute by singing a Kerry song, “The Rose of Tralee”