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Obituaries 16-02-2013

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 13th February, 2013 4:30pm

Obituaries 16-02-2013

The late Mr Paddy Delany.

Paddy Delany, Batterstown

There was widespread regret following the passing of Mr Paddy Delany, Lynaghstown, Batterstown, at Connolly Memorial Hospital on 22nd January last. Aged 79, Mr Delany was born in Arklow, Co Wicklow, and grew up at St John's Road, Sandymount, Dublin.

He attended O'Connell's Schools in Dublin and spent his summer holidays as with his grandmother, Annie Delany, and uncle, Tommy at Growtown, Batterstown. Later he worked with his uncle, Frank, and built a home at Lynaghstown. He met and married Geraldine O'Sullivan and they had a family of three, Laura, Mark and Thomas.

Deceased worked for Volkswagen, and later, for Fiat Ireland until it closed around 1980. Originally a welder, he then worked with his cousins, Gerard and John, at their dairy farm in Batterstown.

His cousins remember him as diligent, hard-working and an excellent employee, and great fun to be with. Later he milked for Ciaran Lavelle and cycled there for many years. He was a familiar sight in his cloth cap.

A keen follower of horseracing, Mr Delany achieved a lifelong ambition when he entered the winner's enclosure in Fairyhouse when the horse, Trundleburg, part owned by him, won one of many races. He travelled many places and enjoyed his children and grandchildren, and they him.

He was predeceased by his sister, Collette, Sandymount, Dublin, and brother, Joe, Calgary, Canada, in recent years.

Mr Delany is survived by his wife, Geraldine; family, Laura Waters, Portlaw, Co Waterford; Mark, Canada and Thomas, Ratoath; son-in-law, Kevin; daughter-in-law, Irene; eight grandchildren, brother, Ronnie (Ireland's Olympic gold medalist athlete of 1956); brother-in-law Vincent, sisters-in-law Markie, Joan and Marie, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and a wide circle of friends. The funeral took place from the Church of the Assumption, Batterstown, to the adjoining cemetery, where Gerry Delany, a cousin, delivered a graveside tribute with humorous recollections of the deceased.

A month's memory Mass takes place in St Oliver Plunkett's Church, Kilcloon, on Sunday 24th February at 11am.


Frances Cremin, Navan

The regretted death occurred of Mrs Frances Cremin (nee O'Neill), Silverlawns, Navan, on 29th January last, at her home.

A native of Navan, Mrs Cremin (66) was a very keen badminton player with Simonstown and also loved watching all the Meath GAA matches.

She also enjoyed gardening and had a love of nature, walking through the fields gathering sticks. She always came into her own in the company of her family and close friends, with a kind word and a funny story for everyone.

Deceased is survived by her husband, Daniel; daughters, Siobhán Cremin, Gillian Cahill, Olga Scanlon and Danielle Muldoon; son, Tim; brother, Fr Raymond Husband; daughter-in-law, Sharon Cremin; sons-in-law, Paul Cahill, Paul Scanlon and Malachy Muldoon; sisters-in-law, Nora Stapleton, Statia O'Brien, Betty Cremin and Mary Dunne, grandchildren, Raymond, Ellen, Lilly, Daniel, Kate and Mollie.

There was a large attendance at the Funeral Mass which took place in St Mary's Church, Navan. Fr Husband was the main celebrant and was joined by Fr Stephen Kelly and a large number of Fr Husband's fellow Columban Fathers. Burial took place in St Mary's Cemetery.


Padraig Dixon, Trim

Padraig Dixon's love of his family, enjoyment of rugby and his passion for his lorries were remembered over the weekend as his funeral and burial took place in Trim.

The 50 year-old Kilmurray man, who worked with the family business, Dixon Sand and Gravel, died at Beaumont Hospital last Thursday night, just over a month after being diagnosed with illness.

Hundreds of mourners sympathised with his wife, Maura, daughter, Katie; son, Sean; and extended family at his home in Kilmurray on Saturday, and St Patrick's Church in Trim was overflowing for his funeral Mass on Sunday afternoon.

Son of the late Meath footballer of 1949 All-Ireland football championship winning fame, Paddy Dixon of Ballivor, and his wife Kathleen Loughran of Tullykane near Dunsany, the family first became involved in lorry driving and quarrying through the Loughran quarry at Tullykane, which later became Kilsaran's Swainstown operation.

Deceased worked with Kilsaran for a period before setting up Dixon Sand and Gravel with his brother, Fergus.

Having played underage football with Ballivor, he later transferred his sporting interests to rugby, joining Athboy Rugby Club in 1981. He served as captain of the club team twice, from 1993-'94, and from 1998-'99. During his time with Athboy, the club won two McGee Cups, and he was delighted to see his son, Sean, on a McGee Cup winning team with Navan in recent years.

Padraig Dixon will be remembered as a sociable, kind hearted and generous man, always willing to help anybody.

His funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr Sean Henry, PP, Trim, assisted by Fr Mark Mohan, CC, Trim, and Fr Oliver Devine, PP, Ballivor. Family members took part in the ceremony and gifts brought to the memory table included rugby memorabilia, a replica lorry and photographs.

Mr Dixon was the fourth eldest of Paddy and Kathleen Dixon's family of seven, and the eldest son. He is survived by his wife, Maura (nee McCormack, Kiltale); daughter, Katie; son, Sean; grandson, Harry; brothers and sisters, Fiona Lawlor, Patricia Dempsey, Bunty Dempsey, Fergus, Damien and Elaine Dixon; aunts, uncles, mother-in-law, Minnie McCormack, Kiltale; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and wide circle of friends.

Following the burial in St Loman's Cemetery, John Healy, a friend and rugby playing comrade of Mr Dixon's, recalled some stories about the deceased in a graveside tribute.


James Lynch, Donaghpatrick

Mr James (Seamie) Lynch, Clongill, Donaghpatrick, Navan, who died on 26th January last, was a native of Gravelstown, Carlanstown. Aged 90, he passed away at Our Lady's Hospital, Navan. Mr Lynch worked in the building industry and then for 10 years prior to retirement, was on the maintenance staff of Our Lady's Hospital, Navan. He had a great interest in traditional song and music and loved to play the accordion.

Deceased is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Geraldine O'Brien, Blackcastle Estate, Navan and Marie Whelan, Clongill; son, Martin Lynch, Johnstown, Navan; four grandchildren; and great grandson; sons-in-law, Michael O'Brien, Dessie Whelan and Martin's partner, Valerie; relatives, neighbours and friends.

The funeral took place from St Colmcille's Church, Fletcherstown, to Gibbstown Cemetery. A month's memory Mass takes place on Sunday 24th February in Fletcherstown.


Sheila Creedon, Navan and Cork

The death of Mrs Sheila Creedon (nee Roberts) The Grove, Lissagroom, Crossbarry, Co Cork occurred unexpectedly at her residence on 19th January last. She was 48 years old. Deceased was originally from Flower Hill and Troytown Heights, Navan, and was a past pupil of St Anne's and St Michael's Loreto Convent, Navan.

She qualified as a Registered General Nurse from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in the 1980s and went on to qualify as an orthopaedic nurse, working in both Cappagh and Navan hospitals.

Mrs Creedon was a very keen sports enthusiast. She completed 13 marathons throughout Ireland, Europe and America and in doing so, raised funds for Breast Cancer Research, an illness she successfully battled in 2001. Her fastest finishing time was the 2009 Dublin City Marathon in three hours 33 minutes, a time of which she was immensely proud. She also became a keen and extremely competent cyclist completing several cycling tours both at home and abroad.

Sheila Roberts married Dick Creedon in 1991, moved to Manchester, England and had a family of three, Oliver, Richard and Sinead. The family returned to Ireland in 2001 and settled in Crossbarry, Co Cork.

During the past number of years, she gave generously of her time to ARC House in Cork city. For the past three years she worked as a co-ordinator in the Private Breast Clinic attached to Cork University Hospital. She was an outgoing, popular and caring person. She loved life and lived it to the full. She had a warm and generous nature always willing to make time for family and friends, no task was too much trouble and she was always there to lend a helping hand, a sympathetic ear and open arms. She will be most sadly missed by her heartbroken family and very large circle of friends.

She is survived by her sons, Oliver and Richard; daughter, Sinead; husband, Richard (Dick); mother, Olive Roberts, Troytown Heights, Navan; sisters Joan Powell, Oldtown, Johnstown, Navan, Anne English, Barrahule Lane, Hill of Rath, Drogheda and Catherine O'Reilly, The Orchard, Athlumney, Navan; nieces and nephews; brothers and sisters-in-law; cousins; aunts and many friends.

The funeral Mass was held in St Mary's Church, Innishannon, Co Cork, officiated by Fr Finbar Crowley, PP, Innishannon, Co Cork, Fr Robert Brophy, Togher, Co Cork , Fr Audan Vaughan, chaplain, Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, and Bishop John Buckley, Cork. She was buried afterwards in St James' Cemetery, Chetwynd, Bandon Road, Co Cork. A large crowd attended from all over Ireland, Great Britain, USA and Canada.


Kitty Toomes, Navan

Mrs Kitty Toomes, St Benildus' Villas, Navan, who died on 12th January last, was a member of the Carey family of Deanhill, Hayes. Aged 88, she passed away at Beaufort House, Navan, and was predeceased by her husband, Kevin, in 2009.

They were married in 1957, and moved to Waterford, returning to Navan in the late 1970s, where they enjoyed a happy and peaceful life.

Mrs Toomes is survived by her brother, Kit Carey, Deanhill; nephews; nieces; relatives; and friends. The funeral took place from St Mary's Church, Navan, to St Mary's Cemetery. A month's memory Mass takes place in St Mary's Church on Saturday 16th February at 6pm.