Popular centenarian Kitty passes away

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

RESIDENTS and staff at Maria Goretti nursing home in Kilmallock were saddened to learn of the passing this Tuesday of Kitty Ryan at the age of 100 years.

RESIDENTS and staff at Maria Goretti nursing home in Kilmallock were saddened to learn of the passing this Tuesday of Kitty Ryan at the age of 100 years.

Formerly of Drominboy, Lisnagry, Kitty died peacefully at the nursing home surrounded by her family.

“Kitty passed away very peacefully with all her family around her. She was here for eight years and much loved by everybody - residents and staff,” said Karen Barron-Burke, director of nursing at Maria Goretti nursing home.

“She was a wonderful woman. She would have always kept up with the news and always read her newspaper. We will miss her dearly,” she added.

Only last August Kitty was joined by over 100 of her family, friends and neighbours to celebrate her milestone 100th birthday. Speaking to the Limerick Leader she revealed the secret to long life was good old-fashioned “hard work”.

The fact that she never drank or smoked in her life was undoubtedly another secret to her longevity but according to Kitty, working on the family farm at Drominboy, Lisnagry lengthened her life.

One man who couldn’t make the birthday celebration but made it his business to call days beforehand to wish the centenarian well on her big day was family friend JP McManus.

A native of Ardvarna, Lisnagry, Kitty (Moynihan) went to the local primary school in Ahane. Following her primary school days, she helped her parents Tim and Johanna on the family farm. And farming was to become her way of life - she met her husband Pat, now deceased, at Moloney’s gambling house in Annagh, playing cards. Kitty is deeply regretted by her loving sons Willie, Tim, Martin and Michael and three daughters Mary (Shanahan), Peggy (Collins) and Joan (Costello).

The late Mrs Ryan will be reposing at Meehan’s funeral home Newport this Thursday evening from six o’clock with removal at eight o’clock to Ahane church. Requiem Mass takes place on Friday at 11.30 o’clock, burial afterwards in Stradbally cemetery, Castleconnell.