Deaths in Laois - January 9, 2017

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Deaths in Laois - January 9, 2017

Ronald Mathews - Portarlington

The death took place on Sunday, January 8 of Ronald (Ronnie) Mathews of Station Road, Portarlington.

Peacefully in the care of the staff of Portlaoise Hospital. Husband of the late Brigitte. He will be sadly missed and lovingly rembered by his family, his daughter Julie, sons Paul, Tim and Stefan, his grandchildren, great grand-daughter, daughters-in-law, son -in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Service on Wednesday at 1pm in St Paul's Church, Portarlington followed by burial in The Friends Burial Ground, Rosenallis. For those who are unable to be at the funeral and wish to sympathise you are welcome to call to Tim and Eimears home at Woodbrook, Portarlington from 5pm until 9pm on Tuesday.

Margaret Cushen - Portlaoise

The death took place on Sunday, January 8 of Margaret (Rita) Cushen (née Finlay) of Ballyclider, Portlaoise. 

Peacefully surrounded by her family, in her 91st year. Beloved wife of the late Billy, and mother of the late Tom and Sr Mary. Deeply regretted by her family, Michael, Liam, John, Catherine (Kirwan) , Anne (Maher), Margaret (Jacob), Gerry, and Breda (Goode). Her sister Julia (Cushen). Sisters-in-law, sons-in-law and the late James Maher, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends.

Reposing at her residence on Monday, Removal on Monday evening to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s church at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 10am followed by interment in Ratheniska Cemetery.

Michael Cruite - Ballyroan and Abbeyleix

The death took place on Sunday, January 8 of Michael Cruite of The Rock, Ballyroan and late of Ballytarsna, Abbeyleix.

In his 91st year, in the care of the Matron and staff of St.Vincent's Hospital, Mountmellick. Deeply regretted by his wife Peg, sister Madge (Byrne), nephews, nieces, sisters-in-law, neighbours, relatives and friends.

Reposing in St. Brigids Church of Adoration (The Nun's Chapel,) Abbeyleix from 5pm this Monday evening with removal at 7.15pm to St.Patrick's Church, Ballyroan arriving at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am with burial afterwards in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

Kathleen Connolly - Wicklow and Laois

The death took place on Sunday, January 8 of Kathleen Connolly (née Thornton) of Heatherbrook, Marlton Road, Wicklow Town and formerly Ballyfoyle, Laois and Maganey, Carlow.

Peacefully after a long illness in the care of the doctors and staff at the Blackrock Clinic, Dublin surrounded by her family and friends. Beloved wife of Michael and mother of David and Tara, sister of Sean, Donal, Breda, Michael, Mary and the late Seamus. Deeply regretted by her husband, son, daughter and their partners Oscar and Melanie, brothers, sisters, grandchildren Oisín and Olivia, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing at McCrea's Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Wicklow Town on Monday from 5pm to 8pm with removal Tuesday morning at 9.15am to St. Patrick's Church, Wicklow Town arriving for 10am Funeral Mass. Funeral arriving to St. Abban's Church, Killeen, Maganey for Service at 1.15pm followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.

P.J. Higgins - Ballyfin

The death took place on Friday, January 6 of P. J. Higgins of The Knocks., Ballyfin. 

Peacefully at the Regional Hospital Portlaois, (previously in the loving care of the staff in Dromnin Nursing Home, Stradbally) Beloved brother of Annie Carroll, Irishtown, Mountmellick and Bridie Nicholson, Oxford U.K. Deeply regretted by his sisters, nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, cousins, brother-in-law Sean Nicholson, neighbours, relatives and many friends.

Reposing in Moloney's Funeral Home from 8pm on Saturday with recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Reposing on Sunday from 5pm with removal at 6.30pm to St. Fintan's Church, Ballyfin arriving at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am. Burial after in St. Fintan's Cemetery.

Joe McEvoy - Roscommon and Portlaoise

The death took place on Friday, January 6 of Joe McEvoy of "Woodview", Moore, Castlerea, Roscommon and late of Brighouse, West Yorkshire and Portlaoise.

Peacefully) at University Hospital Roscommon. Beloved husband of Kathleen and father of Katharine (Brighouse, West Yorkshire), Judith (Huddersfield, West Yorkshire), and Teresa (Blackpool). Sadly missed by his wife, daughters, brothers Eddie (Portlaoise), Dan (Blackpool), Chris (Manchester), sisters Moire (Manchester), Sheila and Theresa (Australia), grandchildren Craig, Melissa and Liam, sons-in-law Stuart and Sean, nephews, nieces, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at McDonagh's Funeral Home Castlerea on Monday evening from 5.30pm with removal at 7pm to St. Patrick's Church, Castlerea. Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 11am with interment afterwards in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Castlerea.

Mick Rowe - Stradbally

The death took place on Thursday, January 5 of Mick Rowe of No.3 Woodview, Stradbally. 

Peacefully at his residence. Predeceased by his parents Chris and Peig and his brother Johnny. Deeply regretted by his brothers Christy and Willie, sisters Esther, Mary, Noeline and Ann. Sadly missed by his nieces and nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing was at his residence on Friday. Removal took place on Saturday morning to The Church of the Sacred Heart, Stradbally for 11am Requiem Mass, with burial afterwards in Moyanna Cemetery.

George Shirley - Ballacolla

The death took place on Thursday, January 5 of George Caleb Shirley of Oldglass, Ballacolla. 

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, in Portlaoise General Hospital. Beloved husband of Louise, and father of William, Rosemary, Des and Joe. Sadly missed by his brother, John, sister, Myra, son-in-law, Jimmy, daughters-in-law, Shiela, Gwen and Deirdre, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing from 2pm on Sunday, January 8 at his residence. Removal on Sunday evening at 7pm to Killermogh Church, Ballacolla. Funeral service at 2pm on Monday, followed by burial in the adjoining churchyard.