A Sad Week
WHAT a sad week for the community of Kilmacanogue with 5 bereavements. Michael Kelly died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Michael was the beloved husband of the late Rita and he was laid to rest last Monday in St. Mochonog’s Cemetery. Deepest sympathy to his loving sons Stephen and Michael, Daughters Noeleen, Fiona, Tracy and Siobhain, sons and daughters in law, grandchildren and the extended family. On the same weekend, young Warren Coster Coogan also died tragically. Warren was a very popular young man when he moved to our community where he lived with his Auntie, Michelle Dalton and he was a keen member of Kilmacanogue GAA Club and an avid Manchester United FC supporter. He will be sadly missed by his parents Yvonne and Warren snr, brothers, sisters, cousins, relatives and a large circle of friends, many of which he made in Kilmacanogue. His funeral mass took place in Enniskerry last Wednesday followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. Then on Sunday morning, Kilmacanogue was saddened to hear that we had lost one of our grand old ladies when Madge Maher passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family. Madge was a much loved person in this community, always had a greeting and a friendly face top anyone that had the pleasure to know her and our community is a sadder place without her presence. She was the beloved wife of the late Paddy and she will be missed by her daughters Margaret, Anne, Joan, Sadie, Patricia, Deirdre and Sharon, sons Freddie, Anthony and Patrick, all her devastated grandchildren and great grandchildren upon whom she adored and the extended family and friends. A huge crowd gathered last Tuesday morning to pay their final respects to Madge which is hoped will provide some comfort to the family and to testify just how much she was loved in this community. On Friday morning, news came through that Paddy Higgins had passed away peacefully. The “Man from Mayo” was much loved in these parts and gave great service to Kilmacanogue GAA Club and was a brilliant Gael. What most would not know also, Paddy was a great Derby County fan and travelled over to support that great team in the 70s which was managed by Brian Clough in their golden era. A very quietly spoken man, he was known to us all in Kilmacanogue and he will be sadly missed by his friends (and drinking buddies in the Glencormac Inn). Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Kathleen, Richard, Pam, Annette, Patricia and Marie (and also remembering the late Barbara), grandchildren and great grandchildren, Sisters and Brothers in law, nieces and nephews and his many friends in Wicklow and his native Mayo. Paddy’s remains were brought to St. Mochonog’s Church for prayers Monday evening before removal to Mayo on Tuesday and mass today (Wed) where he will be laid to rest in Kilfian Cemetery. Finally, on Friday evening (18th), Al Hopkins, formally of Glencormac and Bray, passed away peacefully at St. Vincent’s University Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Al was the beloved husband of Bridget and loving father of John, Helen and Alan and he will be sadly missed by all including his sisters Patricia and Elsie, his son and daughters in law, grandchildren, sisters in law and the extended circle of family and friends. His funeral mass took place yesterday (Tues) in St. Fergals Church and he was laid to rest in St. Mochonog’s Cemetery afterwards. May all their Souls Rest in Peace and we shall remember them fondly.