Crickeen, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh
The death has taken place of Sheila Kilcoyne of Crickeen, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh on June 27, 2019 at Mayo General Hospital surrounded by her family.
Sheila was born on January 2, 1935 to Thomas and Catherine Ruddy, Quay Road/Church Lane, Westport. She was the tenth child of the family of eleven. Some of her siblings emigrated while Sheila was still growing up. She always thought very highly of her sisters and brothers; Mary, Noreen, Jimmy, Val, Joe, Caroline, Eliza, Francis, Tommy. and Lorna. Her dad worked in England for much of her growing years while her mam stayed home to rear the family. Her dad was a gifted craftsman and earned for the family.
Sheila went to school to the convent and received her education there until she left after sixth class. she had a great love for poetry and english literature and enjoyed reading about the Brontë Sisters, Wuthering Heights and other novels on the Yorkshire Moores of which she always held a great fascination. Sheila went to work in The Dublin Mill and enjoyed the many friendships she made there. In her leisure time she enjoyed going to the pictures and especially the Sunday Matinees and loved her idols such as Liz Taylor, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Doris Day, sheila also loved cowboy films. She sang in the church choir in Westport and was blessed with the voice of an angel. She admired singers like Bing Crosby and Frank Patterson.
Sheila met Martin at a dance in the Bravillion in Westport and they went onto marry a few years later on November 24, 1962. Sheila moved out to Carrowniskey to live with Martin and on her journey there stopped off to meet friends in the local grocery shop Morrisons in Louisburgh, where Sheila met Kathleen, who was to become the best lifelong friend she could ever have wished for and Kathleen visited her right to the end.
Martin and Sheila were blessed with a family of eight; Maria, Catherine, Martina, Claire, Noreen, Patrick, Martin John and Anthony. Sheila was a very loving mother and worked hard and enjoyed family life. She was surrounded by nice neighbours and a good community. Sheila loved it when the family read stories from school books and recited poetry to her. When the family went on and found their own partners in life, she welcomed them into the family and then the 17 grandchildren and Lily.
Sheila overcame a hip operation a year ago but didn’t regain full mobility and in March was diagnosed as being terminally ill but she never lost her sense of laughter and her funny wit and continued to watch her favourite programmes on TV, “Heartbeat” and the Agatha Christie mysteries and “The Royal”.
Family all got together and cared for her and her friend Pauline called to visit her, Sheila was delighted when she finally got her two carers Jean and Rita both which she loved to see calling. She said they were always so nice and caring and she thanked God for all every night in her prayers. As Sheila’s illness progressed very aggressively, the Palliative Care nurses helped with her pain and the hospital provided her with a room each time she had to stay and looked after her pain so well until her passing.
Sheila was a lady who always enjoyed the simpler things in life and with her family around. Sheila’s brother Tommy passed away in April and her sister Eliza in May. Sheila is survived by her family; Maria Grimes (Doon), Catherine Keane (Derryribbeen), Martina Gavan (Kilmeena), Claire McFadden (Gortnaclasser), Noreen McNally (Toberhill), Patrick Kilcoyne (Furmoyle, Louisburgh), Martin John Kilcoyne (Crickeen, Louisburgh) and Anthony Kilcoyne (Kilmeena), sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and friends, sisters-in-law Kitty Ruddy, Chris Ruddy and Nora Munnelly. Sheila had a great gathering of sympathisers from the community and surrounding areas and many came long distances to Sweeneys Funeral Home in Louisburgh and again a great gathering who attended her funeral Mass on Sunday morning where Fr Buggy said a lovely Mass and laid her to rest in Kilgeever graveyard.
May Sheila’s gentle soul rest in peace.