Mountrath, Camross and local communities are in mourning at the untimely passing of Helen Ryan of Clonin, and formerly of County Kerry and Oxford, England.
Helen had been ill with cancer for a number of years and finally surrendered last Thursday May 24th in the care of the staff of Dun Aine Suite in St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.
Helen had fought her illness bravely and indeed she and her family had been involved in fundraising to raise awareness of it.As far back as the Mick O’Dwyer era in Laois she joined the organisation that arranged the football exhibition between a Brian Cody managed team against a Mick O’Dwyer team that raised thousands for St James Hospital in Dublin.
Helen spent most of her time at home with her family but recently moved into Mountmellick and passed away on Thursday surrounded by her adoring family.
Despite her illness Helen always put her family first and supported them and last September she was so proud when her eldest son Joseph lined out in the U/17 hurling decider in Portlaoise and then, in the final minute of the game, he stepped up to score a stunning goal that would prove to be the winner.
Reposal is at her family home this Friday with rosary at 9pm. On Saturday removal will take place to St Fergal’s Church Camross for requiem Mass at 1pm. Burial will take place afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.
Helen is deeply mourned by her husband Seamus, children Joseph, Eva, Annabelle, and Luke her sisters Tracey and Mary Jo, nieces, extended family and great neighbours in Clonin, the Irish community in Oxford and a huge circle of friends.