THE people of Croom are lamenting the loss of one of its oldest residents, Kitty Moloney (Cantwell), who was laid to rest this Wednesday.
Kitty, of Church Road, Croom died peacefully in the loving care of the staff at Caherass Nursing Home, Croom on Monday. She was aged 95.
A native of Manister, a place she held deep in her heart, Kitty came to work with the Cantwell family in Croom at the tender age of 15. She remained with the family for the rest of her life.
Kitty was described this week as “an outstanding worker and a deeply loyal and caring friend”. Above all, she will be remembered for her unique and magical ability to engage with children. Although never a mother herself she was often referred to as everyone’s mother. It was Kitty’s genuine, tender and beautiful way with children that rightfully earned her the nickname of ‘the baby whisperer’.
An avid nature lover, Kitty spent many of her hours observing the bird activity in the garden. She found joy in everyday, simple things.
But she also had an adventurous streak. In 2009, Kitty famously took a helicopter ride over County Limerick at the age of 88. “Oh, it was gorgeous up there,” she told this paper at the time. Kitty lived by the motto “If you don’t have something good to say about someone then don’t say it”.
Kitty’s funeral Mass took place in St Mary’s Church, Croom. Kitty is deeply regretted by Maura, the Cantwell, Moloney and Sheeran families.