No. 3, Westport Road, Louisburgh and Kilsallagh, Westport
Agnes Kilcoyne died peacefully surrounded by her children, family and friends at her home at No 3, Westport Road, Louisburgh, in the early hours of Saturday, August 26 2017. She was the youngest of eleven children, and last surviving member of the family born to the late Michael and Bridget Gavin, Shrahrooskey, Cregganbaun, Louisburgh.
Agnes attended Cregganbaun NS, and as her sisters had either emigrated or married locally, and her mother had passed away some years previously, she stayed at home to help out on the family farm with her brother Pat and father. She loved the farm work, the farm animals, and especially the farm pony which she spoke of so many times over the past years.
On April 16 1952 she married Michael Thomas Kilcoyne, Kilsallagh, Westport, and raised a family of two, John Joe and Mary. Agnes was fully devoted to her husband and family and was always there for them. She was predeceased by Michael in 1980.
Agnes came from a generation of people whose lives revolved around the changing seasons. From working on the family farm at Kilsallagh, such as saving hay, saving the turf, to milking the cows, she knew all about the many ways of life on the land that helped to rear so many rural families. Agnes was also a great hand knitter and supplied many a finished piece of her Aran handiwork in the early years to the Gránuaile Handcrafts Louisburgh, and in later years to Carraig Donn, Westport.
She was a great housekeeper, and her bread baking skills were excellent, Agnes also made and supplied her own home produced country butter which was in big demand locally. She took pride in ensuring that everything was spick and span around the house and farm. Agnes, as the seventh daughter, had some healing skills, which she administered when requested, and which was successful. She was very welcoming of all who called to visit, and ensured that no one left without tea and refreshments.
Agnes moved to no 3, Westport Road, Louisburgh, in 2010 and enjoyed the years there in the presence of the many friends made within this small close-knit housing community.
Agnes will always be remembered for her generous heart and lively spirit, she was great company to be around, and loved when her great-grandchildren Shayne and Cian visited. She enjoyed the many card games of 25 with family and friends. You knew when you heard that thump on the table that the game was hers.
Agnes left a legacy of Love, laughter, and beautiful memories, and has now gone to be in the care of God where she will meet with her husband, and all of her predeceased family members.
Agnes will be sadly missed by her devoted son and daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and by all her relations, friends and neighbours.
Large crowds of people attended at the wake in the family home at Kilsallagh, in Sweeney’s Funeral Home in Louisburgh, for the Requiem Mass in Lecanvey Church and at Kilgeever Cemetery for her burial.
Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Charlie McDonnell and Fr. Paddy Gill. She is survived and sadly missed by her loving daughter Mary Gibbons and husband Michael (Cloonkeen, Castlebar); son, John Joe and partner Anne (Kilsallagh); grandchildren, John Paul, Michelle, Michael, Sandra and by Mary (Lecanvey), her great grandsons Cian and Shayne; nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, cousins and extended Gavin and Kilcoyne families, plus a large circle of friends.