Deaths in Laois - February 1, 2021

Express Reporter


Express Reporter


Deaths in Laois - February 1, 2021

John O'Connor - Portlaoise

The death took place on Sunday, January 31 of John (Ulick) Conroy of Beladd, Portlaoise. 

Peacefully at St James' Hospital. Surrounded by his loving family. Dearly beloved husband of Betty, much loved father to Conor, Audrey and Rory. Sadly missed by son-in-law Fergal and daughter-in-law Zoe. Cherished grandad to TJ, Nadine, Dara and Odin. Deeply regretted by his brother Joe, sisters Ann, Rita, Mary and Eleanor, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, cousins, nieces, nephews, and a wide circle of friends.

Due to current government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral will take place, for family only, in St Peter and Paul's Church on Wedneday at 12 noon. The Mass can be viewed on the parish webcam: Interment afterwards in St Peter and Paul's Cemetery.

Friends and neighbours are very welcome to line the route to the cemetery in a safe and socially-distanced manner, as a mark of respect.

Michael O'Brien - Abbeyleix

The death took place on Monday, February 1 of Michael O'Brien of Hong Kong and late of Kilamuck, Abbeyleix. 

Beloved son of the late Gladys and Pat O'Brien and brother of Kevin, Tony and the late Denis. Deeply regretted by his brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by his many close friends in Hong Kong, in whose kindest care he passed away, and also by his many former teaching staff, colleagues and devoted pupils.

Michael wished his remains to be donated to medical and scientific research. A memorial service will held in Hong Kong and will be available to join/link. This website will be updated with the link over the coming days.

Bernie Fitzpatrick - Ballyfin

The death took place on Saturday, January 30 of Bernie Fitzpatrick (née Meade) of Cloncullen (Ringstown), Ballyfin.

Peacefully at home in the presence of her loving family. Dearly beloved wife of the late Tommy, much loved mother of Deirdre (Fraser), John, Sinead (Lenehan), Niamh, Elaine (Scott), and Brian. Sadly missed by her loving grandchildren Niamh, Rachel, Eoghan, Ciaran, Eimear, Annie, Emma, Lauren, Eve, Robyn and Isla Rose, sons and daughters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Due to Covid 19 regulations, a private family Funeral Mass will take place on Monday in St. Fintan's Church Ballyfin. Those who would like to attend the Funeral but cannot due to government guidelines may join in the Funeral Mass at 2pm by logging onto the live streaming link 

Nora Browne - Rathdowney

The death took place on Friday, January 29 of Nora Browne (née Ryan) of Daly Terrace, Rathdowney. 

Wife of the late Connie. Deeply regretted by all her heartbroken sons and daughters. She will be sorely missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, her brother Mick and her sister Joan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, her aunts Bunt and Ann, nieces, nephews and all her extended family, neighbours and friends.

As per COVID-19 Directive a private funeral has been arranged. Due to the increased risk of infection and in the interest of public safety and in compliance with current guidelines you are asked not to attend the funeral or congregate in the church yard or the cemetery. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed from The Church of The Holy Trinity, Rathdowney on Monday at 2pm.