Thomas St, Kiltimagh
Hannah’s death, which occurred following a short illness, has robbed the community of one its kindest and nicest persons. In the weeks and days preceding her sudden collapse at her home she was in her usual good form, making the news of her serious condition such a shock to everyone who knew her.
Hannah was a gracious and generous lady blessed with many fine and beautiful characteristics. She was a very spiritual person who had an unshakeable belief in the power of prayer, especially in the Mass, which she attended daily in the local parish church. Hannah cherished her family and friends. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend who could always be relied on to lend a helping hand along with words of kindness and encouragement in times of trouble.
A resourceful and inspirational lady, she believed that if a job was worth doing, it was worth doing well. This could be seen in the way she cared for her family and home. She had a wonderful pair of hands and was a great knitter, especially in the intricate patterns of the Aran sweater. She also ran a knitting business from her home for several years when she kitted out many of the children attending the local schools.
She loved walking and could be seen out most days on her usual rambles and also enjoyed taking the bus to Castlebar, Ballina or Galway for a day’s shopping. Another great pastime was bingo and she was a regular at many of the sessions around the region. Indeed, the night before she took ill she was at bingo in Hollymount.
Born in Brackloon, Carracastle on November 17, 1930, Hannah spent a few years in Chicago in the 1950s and made regular trips backs there to visit her brothers and sisters. She was married to her devoted husband Matt for over 48 years and they were blessed with seven children. She was very proud of all of them and also had a great relationship with her grandchildren and took a loving and caring interest in their everyday lives.
Hannah will be fondly remembered for all the right reasons for a long time to come and she will be greatly missed in the community but, most of all, she will be missed in the family home on Thomas St. It was fitting that the goodness, love and affection she shared with so many on her journey through life was returned when huge crowds of mourners came on both days to bid farewell to their good friend and neighbour.
Removal took place to the Church of the Holy Family from O’Hora’s Funeral Home on Thursday evening with burial in Kilkinure Cemetery after Mass on Friday at which the chief celebrant was Fr Paddy Kilcoyne, P.P.
The parish choir, with organist George Lee and soloist Mary McNicholas, rendered some lovely hymns and music. Family members participated in the liturgy, reading the lessons, prayers of the faithful and bearing the gifts to the altar.
An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, was represented at the Mass by his aide-de-camp, Commandant Michael Murphy.
In his homily Fr Kilcoyne paid a lovely tribute to Hannah as did her daughter Yvonne at the conclusion of Mass when she spoke about her wonderful and loving mother and how she will be sorely missed.
Hannah is survived by her husband Matt, sons Dominic and Joe, daughters Rosemary, Camilla, Cathy, Aileen and Yvonne, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family and a large circle of friends to whom sympathy is extended.
Month’s Mind Mass is on Saturday, April 21, at 11am in the Church of the Holy Family.