29 Fr Angelus Park, Westport
THE death has taken place at the MacBride Nursing Unit, Westport, of Mrs Kathleen O’Sullivan, 29 Fr Angelus Park, Westport.
She was formerly Kathleen Kelly, a native of Cross, Kilmeena, Westport. Aged 84 years, she was predeceased by her husband, Tim. Kathleen had spent the past two years in the MacBride Nursing Unit where she was extremely well cared for.
She was a woman who lived life to the full and her wide range of interests included gardening, music and politics. She gave her political allegiance to Fianna Fáil and was very proud of the fact that her late husband, Tim, was a former President of the Westport Fianna Fáil Cumann.
Music formed a central part of Kathleen’s life. A noted singer in her own right, she was a member of St Mary’s Church Choir for a number of years. She loved to attend music sessions and was particularly proud of her grandchildren when they were involved among the music-makers.
Gardening was a great passion of Kathleen’s and her own garden at Fr Angelus Park reflected her great love of nature and her love of floral colour. She was also a great supporter of the work of Westport Tidy Towns Committee and delighted in the floral creations throughout the town in the run-up to the national tidy towns competition each year.
Kathleen is deeply mourned by her sons Michael Joe (The Quay, Westport) and Patrick (London); daughters Mary Jo McHugh (Lecarrow, Newport), Elizabeth Beckett (Clogher, Westport), and Irene O’Sullivan (Boffin Street, The Quay, Westport); sons-in-law John McHugh and John Beckett, daughters-in-law Nuala O’Sullivan and Breda O’Sullivan; 16 grandchildren, brother-in-law Patrick O’Sullivan (Castletownbere, Co Cork), sister-in-law Mary (O’Sullivan) Keane (London), other relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.
She was predeceased by her husband Tim, and brothers Joe and Willie Kelly (James Street, Westport).
Removal was from Navin’s Funeral Home to St Mary’s Church, Westport, accompanied by a cortege representative of all sections of the community. The hearse was flanked by a guard of honour drawn from the membership of the Fianna Fáil organisation in Westport.
The officiating priest at the reception ceremony was Fr Francis Mitchell and he was also the main celebrant of Kathleen’s funeral Mass. Concelebrants were Canon Eamon Concannon, PP, Newport, Fr Jim Walsh, PP, Kilmeena, and Fr Willie Spicer.
Virtually all of Kathleen’s grandchildren participated in the funeral liturgy. The readings were done by David Beckett and Maeve O’Sullivan. The psalm was sung by Jane O’Sullivan and the prayers of the faithful were read by Mairéad O’Sullivan, Seán McHugh, Louise, Lorraine and Jonathan Beckett. The gifts of bread and wine were brought to the altar by Emma O’Sullivan and Nigel Beckett and flowers were presented by Bryan McHugh. During the offertory the hymn Be Not Afraid was sung by David Beckett and James McHugh. Marie McHugh played one of Kathleen’s favourite songs Teddy O’Neill on the fiddle and, as her remains were taken from the church, Marie played a very touching version of I’ll take you home again, Kathleen.
In his homily, Fr Mitchell paid tribute to Kathleen as a devoted mother and grandmother who always showed unselfish concern for her family. She was a woman of great faith, a great neighbour and a friend to many.
He said she was unequivocal in her political affiliations. Fianna Fáil was her party and she made that clear at all times. She was also a woman who spoke her truth honestly and sincerely and, while you mightn’t always agree with what she said, at least you always knew what she meant and where you stood with her.
Kathleen was laid to rest in the family plot in Myna Cemetery. Following graveside prayers, she was bade a final musical farewell by her family as her grandchild, Timothy McHugh, gave an evocative rendition of A stór mo chroí on the flute.
May her gentle soul have peaceful rest.