Annie Cawley, Drimurla, Newport who passed away on February 19 following a short illness. Annie was a popular and esteemed member of the local community. She was predeceased by her husband John in 1996. Formerly McNally from Bofeenaun, Annie was one of a family of four, born to Daniel and Mary McNally. She had a very happy childhood on the family farm, spent in the company of her brother Willie and late brothers Joe and Sean. Annie went to Beltra school, and as a young woman helped out on the family farm as her father often spent periods of time working in England. She also helped her grandparents in Glenisland and often spoke fondly of the happy times she spent with them. Annie married John Cawley, Drimurla in 1965 and together they raised their family of six children. Annie loved the farming life, was a very hard worker and had an in-depth knowledge of all things farming, read the farmers journal every week and could recite many a fact to her family and friends, whether it be a new invention or new regulation. Reading was one of her favourite pass times, but cooking and baking was where she excelled. She was somewhat famous for the brown bread and pies and the vegetable garden was always foremost to her mind. Her family and friends rarely left without the famous brown bread, lettuce and onions. Annie did suffer loss in her life and was saddened and heartbroken following the sudden and untimely death of her grandchild Gary (son of Mary and Eamonn) in 1995, followed a few months later by the death of her husband John in Feb 1996. This broke her heart and saddened her a great deal, but in her own fashion, she fought on, took on the role of Mam and Dad and managed to do that very well.
In recent years, Annie loved to visit her family members in Kildare and spent many a happy weekend with her brother Sean and family there. She also loved the weekly trip to Westport on the Rural Bus and made a lot of new friends along the way. She also loved to visit her home village of Bofeenaun and meet with her lovely bunch of cousins, friends and neighbours regularly, despite having left there over 50 years ago. Annie also enjoyed welcoming people to her home to visit and cherished all those people who visited her so regularly, Annie loved her family and always enjoyed the visits to her sons and daughters’ homes and the get together for family occasions. She was always happiest at a family occasion and surrounded by family. She equally enjoyed the family visits to her home and they all got the hearty welcome.
Annie adored her grandchildren and never missed a birthday or occasion and no child ever left without the bar of chocolate. Annie had a personal interest in Western Care who looked after her special daughter Ann with such care and affection. She looked upon those people as a second family and had lifelong friends within the organization. Annie’s memory will be cherished by many for a long time, a truly amazing mother, grandmother, mother in law, sister, godmother, aunt, cousin, neighbour and friend to so many. Finally in her own words which she so famously always recited when family and friends would leave her home, “Good night and God Bless” Xx
Annie is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by her loving sons and daughters, Peter (Drimurla), Mary Kelly (Knockgloss Fahy), Ann (Westport), Michael (Drimurla) Fiona Mongan (Belcarra) and Daniel (Doon,Westport) daughters-in-law Iris, Jackie and Maura, sons-in-law Eamonn and Jarlath, her ten wonderful grandchildren (Jonathan, Stacey , Jennifer, Laura, Daniel, Cian, Ailbhe, Orlaith, Myles and Beth) brother Willie (Bofeenaun), sisters- in-law Bridie Brennan (London) and Marie McNally (Newbridge, Kildare), nieces, nephews, cousins, God daughter Catherine, neighbours and many many friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
‘May the road rise to meet you,
May the sun be always on your back
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand’