Parish Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths


Death Notices - November 2009


Kathleen Hughes

Kathleen Hughes, Ballybromhill.

Died 28th November 2009.

May she rest in peace.


Annie Power

Annie Kane, Kilgreaney.

Died 20th November 2009.

May she rest in peace.


Larry Ellard

Larry Ellard, 55 Eastwood

Died November 2009.

May he rest in peace.


Kathleen Brennan

brennan_kathleenKathleen Brennan, 14 Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown.
Died on 2nd November 2009 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny.
May she rest in peace.

Kathleen Brennan (Obituary)

The community lost a very special friend when Kathleen Brennan, 14 Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown, went to her eternal reward in the early hours of Monday November 2nd at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny at the age of 71 years. Kathleen courageously battled Motor Neurone Disease for the past sixteen months. She was a gentle person with boundless love for family and friends and with a deep and unwavering faith that allowed her to face the end of life’s journey with uncommon courage and acceptance. Kathleen was born to Patrick and Mary Brennan, Fair Green, Bagenalstown in 1938, the third youngest in a family of thirteen, She was educated by the Presentation Sisters and on leaving school she took up employment in Connolly’s Bakery, Main Street, Bagenalstown and later moved to work as a confectioner in Dunny’s Bakery, Carlow where she excelled at her job, particularly the art of cake decorating.   When her mother’s health began to fail, Kathleen gave up her job to come home and care for her.   She was always positive and optimistic in her outlook;   she had an irrepressible spirit and lived life to its fullness. Kathleen excelled at dancing and in the late 50s and 60s when the McGrath Hall was a popular venue for the leading Irish show bands; the Royal Showband, Capital Showband, Clipper Carlton, the Miami etc., Kathleen was very much in demand as a dancing partner.   When her mother died, Kathleen lived in the family home with her brother Martin, his wife Rita and nieces Olive and Martina who were very precious to her.

Kathleen never lost her love of baking and cake decorating and loved nothing better than baking for her family, neighbours and friends who very much appreciated her creative skills and generosity.  At family celebrations, Christmas, birthdays, christenings, etc. Kathleen would round up the guests for a sing-a-long while she played the piano.

She looked forward to her annual holidays in Ireland but she also visited family members in the USA and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Kathleen was a loving sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend, she was always there for everybody.  She was loved and will be remembered always by her family and friends for her good humour, her generosity, her optimism, and for the care and kindness she showed to others. With her quiet strength she was an inspiration and wonderful role model to all her friends and family and was admired and respected by everyone that met her. She was predeceased by two brothers, Tom and Michael and two sisters Molly and Eileen.

Kathleen was received at Parish Church by Fr. Declan Foley P.P. and Fr. Paddy Byrne, C.C. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. The offerings were brought to the altar by her brother Martin and niece Olive;  Readings by her two nieces Geraldine Brennan and Helen O’Maithiu; Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Martina Brennan, Patrick Donoghue, Clare Kelly, Cian O’Carroll and Richard McEvoy.  Soloist Siobhan O’Carroll.

Kathleen is deeply mourned and missed by her brothers, Martin (Bagenalstown), Paddy (Raheny), (John) Leitrim, Eamon (Illinois USA);  sisters Patty Breen, (Enniscorthy), Betty (Liz) Reh (Illinois), Jane Frances (Wisconsin) and Brid O’Donoghue (Cork);nieces,  sisters-in-law Rita, Margaret and Alicia; brother-in-law Pat, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.  She is also mourned and will be sadly missed by all her neighbours, friends and everybody who knew her in the community and beyond.

May she rest in peace.


Obituary of Kathleen Brennan

brennan_kathleenThe community lost a very special friend when Kathleen Brennan, 14 Royal Oak Road, Bagenalstown, went to her eternal reward in the early hours of Monday November 2nd at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny at the age of 71 years. Kathleen courageously battled Motor Neurone Disease for the past sixteen months. She was a gentle person with boundless love for family and friends and with a deep and unwavering faith that allowed her to face the end of life’s journey with uncommon courage and acceptance

Kathleen was born to Patrick and Mary Brennan, Fair Green, Bagenalstown in 1938, the third youngest in a family of thirteen, She was educated by the Presentation Sisters and on leaving school she took up employment in Connolly’s Bakery, Main Street, Bagenalstown and later moved to work as a confectioner in Dunny’s Bakery, Carlow where she excelled at her job, particularly the art of cake decorating.   When her mother’s health began to fail, Kathleen gave up her job to come home and care for her.   She was always positive and optimistic in her outlook;   she had an irrepressible spirit and lived life to its fullness. Kathleen excelled at dancing and in the late 50s and 60s when the McGrath Hall was a popular venue for the leading Irish show bands; the Royal Showband, Capital Showband, Clipper Carlton, the Miami etc., Kathleen was very much in demand as a dancing partner.   When her mother died, Kathleen lived in the family home with her brother Martin, his wife Rita and nieces Olive and Martina who were very precious to her.

Kathleen never lost her love of baking and cake decorating and loved nothing better than baking for her family, neighbours and friends who very much appreciated her creative skills and generosity.  At family celebrations, Christmas, birthdays, christenings, etc. Kathleen would round up the guests for a sing-a-long while she played the piano. She looked forward to her annual holidays in Ireland but she also visited family members in the USA and made a pilgrimage to Lourdes.

Kathleen was a loving sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend, she was always there for everybody.  She was loved and will be remembered always by her family and friends for her good humour, her generosity, her optimism, and for the care and kindness she showed to others. With her quiet strength she was an inspiration and wonderful role model to all her friends and family and was admired and respected by everyone that met her. She was predeceased by two brothers, Tom and Michael and two sisters Molly and Eileen.

Kathleen was received at Parish Church by Fr. Declan Foley P.P. and Fr. Paddy Byrne, C.C. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. The offerings were brought to the altar by her brother Martin and niece Olive;  Readings by her two nieces Geraldine Brennan and Helen O’Maithiu; Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Martina Brennan, Patrick Donoghue, Clare Kelly, Cian O’Carroll and Richard McEvoy.  Soloist Siobhan O’Carroll.

Kathleen is deeply mourned and missed by her brothers, Martin (Bagenalstown), Paddy (Raheny), (John) Leitrim, Eamon (Illinois USA);  sisters Patty Breen, (Enniscorthy), Betty (Liz) Reh (Illinois), Jane Frances (Wisconsin) and Brid O’Donoghue (Cork);nieces,  sisters-in-law Rita, Margaret and Alicia; brother-in-law Pat, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.  She is also mourned and will be sadly missed by all her neighbours, friends and everybody who knew her in the community and beyond.   May she rest in peace.


It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead. We remember all who have died from our parish and all who are bereaved.



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