The late Brendan Farrelly.
Brendan Farrelly, Lismullen and Navan
There was widespread sadness following the death of Brendan Farrelly, Mellows Terrace, Navan, on 9th January last. Born on 7th May 1929 to John and Dinah Farrelly, Brendan was the youngest in a family of eight, with John, Peter, Richie, Andy, Kevin, Kitty and Mary, his older siblings.
Last November, Brendan celebrated 61 years of marriage to his soulmate and life-time companion, Eileen.
A very popular and successful businessman, Brendan Farrelly continued the old family business of supplying bricks and mortar. His method of transport was per tractor and trailer, with the big cheery wave to all and sundry. And then each block meticulously unloaded by hand.
There were many back kitchens and extensions built in and around Navan that had the necessary ingredients supplied by ‘B Farrelly’. His refuse company Wanta Bin Skip Hire was also part of the local landscape for decades.
Deceased had a huge interest in sport, and was a familiar face at race meetings throughout the country. His year would not be complete without the annual pilgrimage to Listowel in September. The occasional game of cards with friends was another popular event.
He was also a passionate supporter of Walterstown GAA?and took great pleasure watching the great ‘Blacks’ team of the late 1970s, early 80s.
He could remember games and old players with remarkable clarity, and up until recent times, Brendan rarely missed a Meath championship match.
A real outdoors man, he was happiest around the old family home at Lismullen, about a mile from Garlow Cross, amongst friends in the shadow of Tara and the Hill of Skryne.
Brendan loved to reminisce about bygone times and the days of his youth, and felt that we were forgetting our past.
In 2000, at his own expense, he erected a plaque at the dip in the road close to the Tara na Ri pub at Garlow Cross. The inscription reads ‘On the banks of the Gabhra River, in the corner of this field, stood Dillon’s Bridge National School, from 1860 to 1957’ - recognition for his old school and for the people who passed through its classrooms.
Navan came to a standstill as a lone piper led the funeral cortege through the town, starting on the old Dublin Road, to St Mary’s Church. Following the Funeral Mass, burial took place in St Mary’s Cemetery.
Brendan Farrelly is survived by his wife Eileen; son, John; daughters, Margaret, Dinagh, Helen, Brenda, Mary and Sandra; sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren; his sister Mary, St Mary’s Park, Navan; extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. He was predeceased by son-in-law, George Lynagh, in 2007.
A month’s memory Mass takes place on Sunday next, 9th February in St Mary’s Church, Navan at 11am.
Mary O’Toole, Clonee
THERE was great sadness following the peaceful passing of Mary O’Toole, Mayne, Clonee, in Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, aged 88.
Mary was fondly known to her many friends as Maud. She was a loyal employee from 1963 until retirement in 1995 of Raes Nurseries and Garden Centre, Mulhuddart, beginning employment to support her then young family after the death of husband Peter.
Mary over the years developed great love and knowledge for horticulture and plants. These skills, which upon retirement were put to great use at home, with her garden, hanging baskets and window boxes a joy to behold each year.
A keen crossword enthusiast, Mary loved her weekly edition of The People’s Friend, and was also a member of Dunboyne Active Retirement Group, where she looked forward to meeting her friends there each Tuesday. An accomplished cook and baker, her much sought after freshly baked apple tarts, cakes and scones attained almost legendary status among family and friends alike.
A dedicated family person, Mary was very close to her family, and never missed a birthday, keeping a note of names and birth dates of her 36 grandchildren, 68 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren.
Predeceasd by her husband, Peter, in 1962; daughter, Breda in 1985 and brother, Frank in 2013, she is survived by her daughters, Carmel Poleon, Mary McLoughlin, Phyllis Fitzpatrick, all Dunboyne, and Theresa (Terry) Reid, Mayne; sons, John, Leixlip, and Peter, Mayne; sister, Kitty, Mulhuddart, as well as her extended family.
The funeral took place from the Chruch of Ss Peter and Paul Church, Dunboyne to Rooske Cemetery.
Mary Carty, Bohermeen
There was widespread regret following the death of Mary (Sadie) Carty, Ongenstown, Bohermeen, Navan, on 8th December last, at home in the loving care of her family.
Sadie (nee Dwyer) was predeceased by her husband, Jimmy, in 1993. She enjoyed many years spent with Navan Country Markets at the Bamba Hall, and also with Navan Flower Club and Bohermeen Apostolic Class. Sadie was a great neighbour and friend.
She is survived by her daughters, Mary, Ann and Kathleen; son, Liam; sons-in-law; daughter-in-law; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and a large circle of friends.
Teresa Murtagh, Carlanstown
The death occurred on the 8th January last of Teresa (Tess) Murtagh, Gravelstown, Carlanstown, Kells, peacefully at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, in her 90th year.
Tess was a devoted and loving mother as well as a kind and helpful neighbour and friend. She will be remembered for her dedication to her faith.
Formerly Smyth of Carlanstown, she was married to Paddy Murtagh, who predeceased her in 1969. She is survived by her son, Pat; daughters, Rose, Tish and Teresa; brother, Bryan; sister, Annie Reilly (who subsequently passed away on 28th January last); nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, relatives and friends.
The funeral Mass took place on 11th January in Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kilbeg followed by burial in Kilbeg Cemetery.
A month’s memory Mass takes place on Saturday 8th February in Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Kilbeg.
Maureen Rountree, Dunderry
There was considerable sadness following the passing of Mary (Maureen) Rountree, Ballarden, Dunderry, Navan, in Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan on 3rd January last, aged 85.
Having been relatively housebound for a number of years, Maureen eagerly awaited the arrival of The Meath Chronicle every week and also loved watching ‘Deal or No Deal’ and ‘Winning Streak’ on television. She will be fondly remembered as having always been in good form with a welcoming smile for whoever called.
She is survived by her husband, Joe; daughter, Theresa; son-in-law, Pat; grandchildren, Simon and Emily; nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbours and friends.
The funeral took place from The Church of The Assumption, Dunderry on Monday 6th January followed by interment in the local cemetery.
Noel Smith, Kells
The parish of Kells was in shock followed by great sadness following the sudden death of Noel Smith, Suffolk Street, at the age of 58, on 7th January last.
The youngest son of Jack and Margaret Smith of Garristown, Balrath, Kells, deceased was born and raised in Garristown where he worked for most of his life until moving to a position of green keeper in the Headfort Golf Club 14 years ago.
A job he loved very much, in fact he was happier working than having time off, a testament to the amazing group of people in the golf club whom he saw as his second family.
He will be remembered in the lives of the many people around Kells he came in contact with, he liked the simple life and enjoyed nothing more than having the chat and a pint with a few friends. An amiable and unassuming person Noel never had a bad word to say.
Noel was predeceased by his parents Jack and Margaret, and his brother Martin, and is survived by his brother, Kevin; sister, Fidelis; sister-in-law, Dympna; nieces, Sinéad, Lisa and Kendra; nephews, Derek, Alan, John and David; extended family, work colleagues and great friends.
The funeral Mass took place at St Colmcille’s Church, Kells on Thursday 9th January, followed by burial at St Colmcille’s Cemetery. Noel’s months mind mass will take place on Sunday 9th February at 12.15pm in St Colmcille’s Church.