MARGARET Solan, Murneen, Claremorris, whose death took place recently, was a well liked member of the local community. She was predeceased by her husband Tony in 2008.
Margaret was a native of Mossbrook, Claremorris, and was daughter of Delia and Ned Connolly. The family were gate-keepers on the Claremorris to Westport railway line and Margaret always retained a special fondness for the “railway family” down through the years.
In her young days, she worked for some years in Jack Merrick’s pub and hardware shop in Claremorris. Fair days and mart days were especially busy as Merrick’s was located close to the mart. Margaret excelled at her job and was noted for kind and gentle manner that endeared her to all.
Margaret married Tony Solan from Murneen who was one of the best known local agricultural contractors in the area at the time. Tony was among the first in the area to invest in a tractor and was always in big demand among the farming fraternity.
He mowed hay, brought in hay, ploughed drills, sprayed rushes, brought home turf, and undertook many more farming jobs with his tractor and machinery, often working from dawn to dusk. Tom Govin in nearby Mace also undertook similar work on the local farms back in those times.
Tony and Margaret raised a family of five, three daughters and two sons. It was always easy to ramble in and out of Solan’s house where the easy going and welcoming nature was always to the fore.
News of Margaret’s sudden passing was received with sadness in the neighbourhood. She had watched the Late Late Show the night before she died and was in good form.
Margaret was a gentle soul with a kind and unassuming disposition and she will be fondly remembered by family and friends. The local community extends condolences to the Solan family at this sad time.
Reposing was at Donnellan’s Funeral Home on Monday evening with removal to the Church of Our Lady, Barnacarroll. Interment took place in the in the adjoining cemetery following Mass of the Resurrection celebrated by Fr Peter Gannon, PP, and assisted by Fr Tommy Commins. .
Margaret is survived by her daughters Mary (Cootehall, Boyle), Bernadette (Shrule) and Patricia (Collooney), sons Paddy (Balla) and John (Murneen), the family circle, relatives and friends.