The death took place of Ann Kilroy (nee Cox), Carrabawn, Newport, on October 17, 2017. Ann Josephine Cox was born on August 27, 1926. She lived in Mayour, Kilmeena with her parents Frank and Winifred Cox and siblings. Ann’s parents had 12 children, loosing three at a young age. As a family they were loyal and supportive of one another, and as a household they were not shy of hard work.
Ann attended Myna National School and together with her brothers and sisters and neighbours they walked across the fields to school, often making that journey after first having milked cows and completed household chores. She worked hard from an early age looking after a household of ‘Cox’ tradesmen and helping keep the farm until she met the handsome Peadar Kilroy.
Peadar Kilroy was the love of her life and they married on the July 2, 1958. They celebrated a double wedding with her brother Tom and his wife Agnes. They lived by their wedding vows through good times and bad, in sickness and in health. They were 59 years married.
Ann and Peadar started their lives together in the Kilroy family home in Carrabawn, Newport. They had two children, Paul and Ann Marie, who she loved dearly. Ann never complained and worked hard in the family business and in the house looking after her family and her home.
In Newport, the door to Ann Kilroy’s home was always open to everyone, family, friends and neighbours. Her Greeting words ‘Hello Darling’ invited you in and the conversation would flow. One of the Ann’s finest qualities was her kind and caring nature and of course her patience. She had the ability to listen, to absorb and to offer a point of view based on her quiet measured wisdom.
Ann would speak her mind on matters that were important to her, but without insult or injury to anyone. No one left her house without a cup of tea and a tasty bite, she was a wonderful host.
Ann was actively involved in the local community. She had an inherent love of music having grown up in a house full of singing and music where neighbours often gathered for a night’s entertainment.
It was no surprise that she continued this passion and joined the Newport Church Choir. Peadar and Ann sang in the Choir for many years. She was a member of ‘The Revue Group’, another musical society, and they competed in many ‘Tops of the Town’ competitions. Ann sat up for hours at night sewing and marking costumes for the shows as a dedicated member of that group.
Ann was kind and caring. She was one of the founding members of the Meals on Wheels organisation. Again a committed member, she was actively involved in the organisation providing meals and also a laundry service to those in need. This was simply all part and parcel of her nature. Ann was a lifelong pioneer which she was truly happy and proud about.
Ann was a gifted gardener and won many prizes in the Newport shows.
She was an animal lover. Dogs, cats, and kittens were all lovingly cared for in Ann’s home.
Every day she fed the little birds on a line outside her kitchen window. She knew each bird and would explain its character, and she particularly loved robins.
Ann’s faith was of paramount importance to her and at the centre of her daily life. Ann attended mass daily when her health allowed and she had a great devotion to Our Lady of Knock. As her health deteriorated she made sure to listen to the Mass transmitted from the church on her radio.
Ann’s pride and joy was her family. Her loving husband Peadar, Paul and Liz and Ann Marie and Seamus, and having five beautiful granddaughters Ciara, Clodagh, Ailís, Feena, and Eithne completed her life. She took great pride in their achievements and they were always sure of her loyal support and love.
Ann herself was no stranger to such achievements and excelled at playing camogie in her heyday. She had a great sense of style, and made sure to have her regular trips to the hairdressers. Despite all of the obstacles life threw at her, Ann managed to provide strength, comfort, love and kindness and demanded little from those around her. Her spirit and legacy lives on in her family who she loved so dearly.