Nora Houlihan R. I.P.

The death took place recently of Mrs. Nora Houlihan, Kilmacow relic of the late Jim Houlihan former sportsman, athlete and weight thrower, a member of Filfinny and Croom Athletic Clubs who died 1968.  The remains of Mrs. Nora Houlihan were removed from Daffy’s funeral home Croom on the Sunday evening to Ballingarry Church following requiem concelebrated mass.  The official celebrant Fr. Willie Walsh P.P. Holy Rosary Church Ennis Road, and Fr. Tom Carroll of Parteen, (both cousins) assisted by fellow Priests.  Fr. Willie spoke of how Mrs. Houlihan had to undertake the last task of running her farm at Kilmacow following the death at an early age of her husband Jim.  He spoke of how the young family took on chores of farming and how they overcame any difficulty having lost a father.  Fr. Willie spoke of the great sense of humour that Nora had which followed on to her family members.  She raised a family of fourteen and some members of her family returned from the US and Australia to be together on the sad occasion. The attendance at the removal of the remains and obsequies at Ballingarry Church was one of the largest seen and indicated what great esteemed Nora was held in the community and district of Kilmacow and the Strand Road.

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