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Weekly News Roundup - Saturday 6 Nov 2004

Mrs. Amy Monahan

The death took place in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny on Wednesday October 20th of Mrs. Amy Monahan of Castletown. Amy, who was aged 85 years, was born in Pinner, near London, England. It is a curiosity that although she had no Irish connections, as a young girl in 1932 she visited the West of Ireland, the Aran Islands and attended the Eucharistic Congress. Unknown to Amy, her future husband who lived in Canada was also there. Having worked in London during the blitz, she met John Monahan who was then serving in the Canadian Army in England and on his return to Canada, she followed and married him there. When he was sent back to England, she joined the Canadian Red Cross in order to get back home. In 1947, Amy, John and daughter Patricia moved permanently to the farm in Castletown. As well as rearing her family, she was actively involved in farming and had many different interests. She also found time to do a lot of research into the history of Castletown and the Faulkner family, which had owned the farm between 1786 and 1873. She wrote many articles on the subject and was an active member of the Old Carlow Society for many years and wrote articles for various papers.
She was very involved in the ICA at various times and a being a keen knitter, for some years, she made Aran sweaters for sale in the United States. For some years, she also carried out a Farmhouse Holiday Business. During her life, she also attended many courses and night classes and was very interested in lectures and debates. For the last 30 years of her life, she had a huge interest in painting and drawing. She was very involved in the beginning of the Barrow Valley Group of Painters and maintained this interest for the rest of her life. Over the years she sold hundreds of paintings and was often commissioned to do particular projects and organised weekend art courses at Castletown. Predeceased by her husband John, she is survived by her sons Michael, John and Ger, daughters Patricia and Dorelle, sister Mary, grandchildren, son in law, daughters in law, sisters in law, brother in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Remains were removed from Carpenter Brothers Funeral Home, Barrack St. Carlow on Friday October 22nd to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland. Requiem Mass took place at 11 am on Saturday followed by burial in adjoining cemetery.


Reaching Out Magazine

This years Parish Magazine "Reaching Out" is currently being prepared. Anyone who would like to submit an article, report, interesting stories or photographs or other item for publication should forward same to Maureen Byrne, Ballybar Upper before Friday November 19th. Articles can be submitted in any format: handwritten, typed or in electronic format (MS Word.doc) by e-mail to mbyrne242@hotmail.com or on disk. Ordinary photographs or digital jpeg files are also welcome.

Tinryland Senior Citizens Monster draw

Tickets are currently on sale for the Tinryland senior citizens monster draw in aid of the Christmas party fund. Prizes include a DVD player, Meal voucher, Fruit Hamper, Fuel Voucher and many other items. The draw will take place on Friday 19th November during the Tinryland Gun Club fundraising night. Cards are on sale from any committee member or from Deanes Shop.

Late Mick Jordan

The death occurred in Hendon, London on Wednesday last of Mick Jordan late of Tinypark, Kilmeany. Mick who emigrated to London in the early 50’s was a regular visitor to Tinryland for many years where he stayed with his late brother Kevin. He was a member of the Tinryland winning junior football team of 1953. His last visit to Ireland was some 2 years ago where he celebrated a family reunion for his wife in Killarney. He is survived by his brother Jimmy, Carlow, his sister Betty, Bagenalstown, his wife and family. He will be buried in London on Wednesday(today).

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