HUGE LOSS Christina O’Malley is pictured with Irish Shows Association President Pat Corbett.
THE community of Ballinrobe were left stunned on Sunday last as word emerged of the unexpected passing of Christina (Chris) O’Malley (nee Hennelly).
Chris (62), of Knocknacroagha, Ballinrobe, was well-known in the town for her decades of voluntary commitment with Ballinrobe Agricultural Show.
Wife of Paddy, and dedicated and loving mother to Gráinne, Patrice, Darragh and Sharon, she worked at Ballinrobe Youthreach.
She served as secretary with Ballinrobe Agricultural Show for ten years, but was on hand in every aspect of the running of the yearly show, with the help of the entire O’Malley family.
Fellow show stalwart PJ Timlin described Chris as ‘one in a million’ and ‘a joy to work with’.
“She was a legend in her own right and would leave no stone unturned. She is not only a tremendous loss to her family, but a huge loss to the show. She reared her family, worked and still found time and could fill any role within Ballinrobe Agricultural Show,” said Mr Timlin.
Exemplifying what an impact she had on the people she met, and her dedication to the Irish Shows Association, of which she was a board member, the association expressed its sincere shock at her untimely passing with this statement.
“It is with a deep sense of shock and the heaviest of hearts that we inform you of the sudden and untimely death of our dear friend and board member, Christina O’Malley. Christina was an energetic and enthusiastic contributor to our organisation at local, regional and national level, having served as secretary of the western region for a number of years. Always ready with the warmest of smiles and the heartiest of welcomes, her energetic presence will be sorely missed.”
Chris is predeceased by her parents Nora and Pa Hennelly and is deeply mourned by her husband Paddy; daughters Gráinne, Patrice and Sharon; son Darragh; brother Tommy Joe (Dublin); sister Maureen (Ballinrobe) and beloved grandchildren Emma, Nathan, Aodhán, Kayla and Adam; sons in-law, daughter in-law, extended family and friends.
Reposing is at St Joseph’s Funeral Home, Ballinrobe this evening (Tuesday) from 5.30pm with removal at 8pm to St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon, with the funeral proceeding to Ballyovey Cemetery, Partry. May she rest in peace.