Obituaries: Laois


Behan, Terry
Killenard and its surrounding areas were shocked to their core with the tragic death of Terry Behan (52).
19 June 2007

Behan, Terry
Killenard and its surrounding areas were shocked to their core with the tragic death of Terry Behan (52).
09 May 2007

Bracken, Tom
Many tributes have been paid to many people down through the years by family and friends of the deceased members of the community, but on Tuesday, 8th June last, the sudden death of Tom Bracken, Craydon Court, caused heartfelt sadness and grief among his family and a wide circle of friends.
30 June 2004

Brennan, Billy
Former Laois County GAA Secretary Billy Brennan (85) was recently laid to rest in Arles after a lifetime of dedicated service to the organisation
26 January 2001

Brennan, Dinny
The untimely death took place on Sunday, September 30th after a short illness of Denis 'Dinny' Delaney Brennan of Borris little Portlaoise.
16 October 2012

Brennan, Sean
The clash of Laois and Dublin in the All-Ireland Minor final brought back memories of a famous senior championship meeting between the same counties- all of forty one years ago.
18 October 2003

Broderick, Lar
The sudden death recently of Laurence (Lar) Broderick brought a great sense of sadness and loss to his local parish of Ballacolla and the wider Laois community.
19 November 2008

Byrne, Tony
Tony Byrne, 40 Avondale Drive, Athy, late of Ballyadams and Glencolumbcille Donegal, passed away last Tuesday week and the news shocked the entire community of Ballyadams and beyond
10 January 2002

Carroll, Lulu
Sorrow swept across the county with the tragic news that Laois’ Lulu Carroll lost her courageous battle with cancer at the age of 35 and passed away at her home in Rankins Wood, Portlaoise.
30 August 2007

Cashin, Richard
The sudden and untimely death of Dick ’Son’ Cashin cast a pall of gloom and sadness over the south of the county and indeed wherever, hurling is discussed in the county. Born a couple of yards from the crossroads in Ballacolla, Richard was called ’Son’ from an early age, mainly because his father was also Richard who ran a grocery business in the famous hurling village.
26 March 2006

Cole, Bob
In the early hours of Sunday morning January 7th, 2006 the untimely death occurred of Robert (Rob) Cole of Tonduff, Abbeyleix. Bob, aged 61, passed away peacefully in the bosom of his family at his home after a short but protracted illness.
17 January 2007

Collier, Canon Sean
Formerly of Carrowreigh, Camross, Canon Collier was ordained in June 1950 and celebrated his first Mass in the ’old church’ in Camross.
30 July 2007

Conroy, Brendan
LAOIS GAA and the Clonad and Heath clubs in particular were shocked to hear of the sudden death of a former player and official, Brendan Conroy.
31 October 2004

Costigan, Donal
The recent sudden death of Portlaoise native Donal Costigan shocked his family, relatives and many friends. He was taken ill at his Portmarnock home in the early hours of Saturday October 2 and died a short time later in Beaumont Hospital. His only sister Rita died in April of this year.
31 October 2004

Critchley, Paddy
The death of Paddy Critchley, Dublin Road, Portaoise in St James Hospital, Dublin shocked all who knew this mild mannered devoted family man with a love of all things Irish and in particular gaelic games.
28 February 2003

Delaney, Jimmy
If ever a funeral song had heartfelt resonance it was as Trudi Lalor 'Lovely Laois' played quietly in the background when Jimmy Delaney's family carried his coffin from Askea church last Thursday to commence the journey that would bring him to his final resting place.
11 April 2008

Delaney, Sadie
The death took place at Portlaoise Hospital on Saturday October 19 of Mrs Sadie Delaney of Camross Village. Sadie was pre-deceased by her husband Denis nine years ago and celebrated her 87th birthday earlier this year.
29 October 2013

Delaney, Sean
Four guards of honour marched solemnly as a mark of respect to the late Sean Delaney on the journey to his final resting place in Oakvale Cemetery in Stradbally.
30 April 2004

Dowling, Tommy
Tommy Dowling of Killeen, Mountmellick who died September 23 in his ninetieth year was a larger than life character with few equals.
31 May 2004

Dunne, Henry
Pre-deceased by his brother William, the death of Har as he was affectionately Known, caused a huge shock in the locality.
09 April 2008

Dunne, Kathleen
The sudden and untimely death on January 9 at Portlaoise Regional Hospital of Kathleen Dunne (new Howard) of St. Christopher's, Ballyfin Road, Portlaoise
01 February 2012

Dunne, Leo
Last Saturday in crisp October sunshine, Mountmellick laid to rest one of its finest citizens. Such was the contribution that Leo Dunne, aged 62, made to his community, that the guards of honour stretched from Anngrove Stud all the way in to St. Joseph's Church, when he was removed from his Derryguile home on Friday evening.
16 October 2012

Dunne, Mick
The sad news of Mick Dunne’s untimely death on Sunday 11 August came as a great shock to his large circle of friends, to his colleagues and to the GAA public for whom he had written and to whom he had broadcast for half a century on the Gaelic games he loves so dearly.
31 January 2003

Dunne, Paddy
The news of the death of Paddy Dunne of Belgrove, Ballybrittas in April 2004 at a relatively young age, was received with great sadness in the locality of Ballybrittas and also throughout many parts of Laois.
30 April 2004

Dunne, Paddy
The Park-Ratheniska GAA Club was in mourning last week when the news filtered through of the passing of our most famous son, Paddy Dunne. Club President for a number of years at the time of his passing, but it was on the field of play that Paddy truly shone.
23 April 2013

Dunne, Vincent
The death occurred suddenly of Vincent Dunne, Poormansbridge, Abbeyleix.
30 December 2002

Finlay, Paddy
Paddy Finlay’s sudden death deprived Portarlington of one of its most famous sons. Finlay’s bar on Main Street has been over the years a most famous GAA house.
31 January 2003

Fitzgerald, Jim
The committee and members of the Ballypickas G.A.A club were saddened to learn of the death of the late Jim Fitzgerald, Green Road.
19 October 2005

Fitzpatrick, Jack
The death took place suddenly at his residence on Sunday May 15 of Mr Jack Fitzpatrick, Lackey, Ballaghmore, Borris in Ossory.
01 June 2011

Fitzpatrick, Jack (Snr)
Kyle GAA was in mourning last week at the passing of the club president and former Kyle and Laois hurler Jack Fitzpatrick on Sunday, May 15.
25 May 2011

Fitzpatrick, Paddy
The untimely death of Paddy Fitzpatrick Coolderry, Ballacolla on Monday September 8, brought great sadness throughout the south of the county where Paddy was well known and liked by so many people.
30 September 2003

Fitzpatrick, Peter
The death took place on Monday, September 18, 2006, at Patterson’s Nursing Home, Roscrea of Peter Fitzpatrick, Kylebeg and Derrindiver, Pike-of-Rushall.
27 September 2006

Golden, Michael & Fitzpatrick, Peter
Two of Laois Hurling greats passed to their eternal reward.
20 September 2006

Gorman, Liam
The death of Liam Gorman of Errill, brings to three the number of Laois Hurlers of 1949 to have passed away this year. Earlier this year the death took place of captain Paddy Rustichzko
30 June 2004

Gorman, Tom
There was a deep sense of sadness in Vicarstown and the surrounding areas last weekend with the news of Tom Gorman's death after a short illness.
16 July 2013

Grace, John
The sudden death of John Grace, formerly from Colt and living on the bog road for many a year, and the son of the late Ger and Mary Grace
01 January 2001

Grant, Dinny
The death took place at St.Luke’s County Hospital, Kilkenny on Tuesday, November 22, following a brief illness, of Mr Dinny Grant, Kilmeaney, Carlow and formerly of 8 Avondale Drive, Hanover, Carlow.
22 November 2005

Hassett, Paddy
Sympathy is extended to the Hassett family, Lisduff, Errill on the death of Paddy Hassett, September 26. Formerly from Gurtagarry, Toomevara the late Mr Hassett was a member of the farming community and had a deep and long involvement with many organisations in the area.
30 October 2002

Heffernan, Jim
We take this opportunity of tendering sincere, if needed belated sympathy to the Heffernan family on the passing of Jim, a legendary figure in the local GAA world and indeed in the district generally.
19 July 2008

Hoey, Ger
Clare man Ger Hoey also passed away suddenly last week, and he was fondly remembered within the county after winning a Laois SHC medal with Portlaoise in 1989
11 February 2009

Holland, Seamie
The people of Trumera, Mountrath and surrounding areas were all saddened to hear of the death of Seamus Holland at the relatively young age of 67 on Friday October 28.
28 October 2005

Holohan, Bridie
Members of CLG Rathdomhnaigh, and indeed Laois Gaels throughout the county were shocked and saddened at the unexpected death of Bridie Holohan who died on Friday, May 7th, 2004.
31 May 2004

Hyland, Mary
The death of Mrs. Mary Hyland (nee Shortall), The Heath Course , The Heath in the loving care of the staff of Og Hill Nursing Home on Monday , April 21st caused deep sadness and regret in the community , the adjoining areas and further afield
30 June 2008

Hyland, Peter
The death of Peter Hyland, Cappakeel, Emo caused deep regret in the Heath and surrounding areas. Son of the late John and Mary Hyland, Ballydavis. Known to all as Ber he was much liked and appreciated. A great GAA supporter he was a panel member of the famous Heath three in a row team.

25 October 2006

Keane, John (Jackie)
The death occurred at the General Hospital Portlaoise of John Keane, Village View, Errill. He had been in failing health for some time.
24 January 2006

Keating, Dr John
The news of the sudden death of Dr John Keating, Breechbrook House, Portlaoise Road, Abbeyleix on September 10, 2003, was a severe blow to many people. Not only had he patients in Abbeyleix, but also in Portlaoise, Rathdowney, Borris-in-Ossary and Erril.
21 September 2003

Kerry, Dan
Daniel (Dan) Kerry, who died in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Saturday, June 22 was perhaps the last living link with the old Rovers' Club which in the 1940s/early '50s, blazed a trail of success on Laois GAA fields.
09 July 2013

Killeen, John
With the focus on the All-Ireland semi-final clash between Galway and Kilkenny some of the county’s older fans will take a minute to remember a star of the county hurling scene from the 40’s and 50s who passed way last month.
19 August 2005

Kinsella, Mick
The general area of Rath, and its surroundings, lost one if its great characters with the sudden death of Mick Kinsella. Known affectionately by his family as ’Ga Ga’ and his neighbours and friends as ’the Ross’, he died on March 6, 2006, in Portlaoise General Hospital after a short illness.
22 March 2006

Lawlor, Lauri
Portarlington and Laois Gaelic games lost one of its great sons last week with the sudden death of Lauri Lawlor (70) at his home at Kilbride.
31 January 2003

Lawlor, Michael
Sad news from Clonaslee with the death of Michael Lawlor, former Chairman of Laois Hurling Board and a great supporter of the county.
09 May 2007

Lawlor, Padraig
There was much sadness in Mountmellick GAA Club when news broke of the passing of Padraig Lawlor
20 May 2009

Loughman, Jim
Sympathy is expressed to the sister relatives and friends of Jim Loughman 5 Brockley Park, Stradbally and formerly Raheenaniska Vicarstown, who died in Portlaoise General Hospital.
20 July 2005

Lyons, Jimmy
Laois GAA was in mourning in the last week after the deaths of former Cuddagh, Camross and Laois hurler Jimmy Lyons
11 February 2009

Maher, Alo
One of Portarlington’s most admired citizens, Alo Maher of Marian Hill passed away at his residence on Monday night, February 20, 2006.
22 February 2006

Maher, Patrick
Patrick Maher, who died in Beaumont Hospital was a founder member and President of the Laois Association in Dublin. He was 82.
31 January 2003

Mahon, Jason
Stradbally GAA club experienced a sad loss on the 23 August with the peaceful passing ot it's president Johnner Mahon at his home in Court Square.
20 September 2011

McDonald, Collette
The parishes of Portlaoise, Castletown and Camross were still trying to come to terms with the sudden and untimely death of Collette McDonald (nee Collier) whose parents were natives of Camross and later moved to Castletown where they ran the post office in Kilbricken for many years.
30 November 2002

McEvoy, Michael
The town of Stradbally and many other communities both locally and further afield, were in mourning over the weekend after the death of Michael McEvoy.
21 January 2014

McEvoy, Michael
Ballyroan lost one of their finest Gaels with the death of Michael McEvoy of Clonbrin.

31 May 2004

McEvoy, Michael
Stradbally and Laois GAA is mourning the loss of one of its most loyal and faithful servants with the recent death of Michael McEvoy
01 January 2001

McHugh, Richard
It was with deep sadness and shock that the parishes of Raheen, Abbeyleix and surrounding areas learned of the sudden and untimely death of Richard McHugh, late of Corbally, Abbeyleix on Friday, October 26 2007.
30 November 2007

McNulty, Peter
Mourners who turned out to pay their respects to the late Peter McNulty were last week urged to seek support in times of need.
13 October 2010

McNulty's, Mark
Mourners who turned out to pay their respects to the late Peter McNulty
13 October 2010

Milne, Gordon
On Friday, September 8th, 2006 Gordon Milne Peace Commissioner passed away peacefully and unexpectedly in his home in Wolfe Tone Street, Mountmellick.
27 September 2006

Moore, William
The death took place at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Saturday July 26 of Mr William Moore, Ironmills, Ballinakill. He was in his early 70s.
06 August 2008

Mulhare, Andy
The news of the death of Andy Mulhare of Rathronshin, Ballybrittas, February 29 at a relatively young age was received with great sadness in the locality of Ballybrittas and also throughout many parts of Laois.
05 March 2008

Mulhare, Andy
The news of the death of Andy Mulhare of Rathronshin, Ballybrittas on last Friday 29th February at a relatively young age was received with great sadness in the locality of Ballybrittas and also throughout many parts of Laois.
05 March 2008

Murphy, John ’Skinner’
The death took place after a short illness of John Murphy, Publican, Ballylinan.
30 June 2004

Nolan, Joe
News of the death of Joe Nolan of The Station Road on July 23rd 2003 cast a pall of gloom over the entire county.
30 August 2003

Nolan, Sean L
Brother Sean L Nolan, who died in St Patrick’s Nursing Home Baldoyle Dublin On Sunday October 26, was a hugely influential and respected figure in Portlaoise, where from 1955 he taught for 15 years.
08 November 2003

O'Brien, Michael
Old teachers, Michael O'Brien would claim, were in many way like old soldiers. They never died, they just faded away. Sadly, he faded away at his home "Dunbrody," Cherrygarth, Portlaoise, laast Saturday, November 22.
26 November 2008

O’Connor, Joe
The death occurred of Mr Joe O’Connor, Kyle, stradbally. 97 years young, Mr O’Connor was the last surviving member of one of the first ever Gaelic Football teams in the Ratheniska area, having been part of the Loughteague football team, which won the County Final in 1928.
30 September 2007

O’Donnell, Murt
Son of Limerick father, Murt lived all his life at the entrance gate to the hurling field which, was later called O’Keefe park after the late Bob O’Keefe, a school teacher in the village who was president of the GAA. Bob O’Keefe a native of Mooncoin taught in Borris-in-Ossory where Murt O’Donnell would have been among his pupils.
05 April 2006

O'Brien, Patrick
The death took place at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Monday January 16 of Patrick (Paddy) O'Brien, Castlefleming, Errill (formerly Inchicore, Dublin) and Borris in Ossory.
25 January 2012

O'Connor, James
It was with great sadness that we learned early on Sunday morning of the passing of James O'Connor, formerly Rossmore, Vicarstown in his 50th year.
16 March 2011

O'Dea, Ned
It was a sad week at the Cobbler's Hill and neighbouring surrounds with the sudden passing of Ned O'Dea, RIP.
25 January 2012

O'Keeffe, John
Clonaslee-St Manman's GAA club and the broader community of Clonaslee are in shock following the sudden and untimely death of John O'Keeffe.
08 January 2013

O'Loughlin, Liz
There was a sense of profound shock and regret at news of the death on Saturday 18 January of Liz O'Loughlin, The Old Rectory, Ballickmoyler, Co. Laois.
28 January 2014

O'Reilly, Michael
"He was successful at almost everything he attempted," noted a friend of Michael O'Reilly. Family man, sportsman, singer, panto star - he was all of those things, and more, during his eventful 71 years on this earth.
12 May 2010

O'Shea, Pat
People around Laois were saddened to hear of the passing of Pat O' Shea, the gentle giant from Kerry who had lived in Laois for the last three decades.
29 October 2010

Phelan, James
The death took place on August 7th, 2006 at Abbeyleix District Hospital of James.
16 August 2006

Quigley, Tom
It has been my great privilege to have been a close friend of Tom Quigley who passed away so suddenly on September 6.
15 October 2013

Ramsbottom, Joe
The death occurred on Tuesday, July 4th, 2006, of Mr. Joe Ramsbottom, Ratheniska following a short illness. Joe was a stalwart of the local Ratheniska community, active in many different areas.
12 July 2006

Ramsbottom, Mark
The recent sudden death of Timahoe publican, Mark Ramsbottom, caused genuine shock and sadness in his native Timahoe and throughout the county
01 January 2001

Ramsbottom, Mary
The death of 36-year-old Mary Ramsbottom (nee Lawlor), Stradbally Road, Timahoe, after a very bravely borne illness, at her home on December 29, has left a massive void in the community
01 January 2001

Rankin, Richard A
Atchelle was his middle name and it was by this name that most, if not all, people knew him
24 August 2011

Ring, Agnes
Her family and many friends are mourning the loss of Agnes Ring (nee Scully), Tunduff, Abbeyleix, who died in the Regional Hospital, Tullamore on Friday May 27. Aged 74, she had been ill for a short time.
06 July 2011

Ring, John
John Ring, Tunduff, Abbey leix, who died unexpectedly on Saturday, November 3, was a multi-talented man: hurler, brilliant ploughman, singer, angler and raconteur. He was, in short, the life and soul of any party and he brought laughter and cheer to many lives.
30 November 2007

Ryan, Seamus
Laois GAA has to come to terms with the loss of one its most loyal and popular servants - Seamus Ryan of Portarlington.
30 November 2002

Scully, Roch (Rocky)
Roch (Rocky) Scully’s funeral cortege from his home at St. Brigid’s Place, Portlaoise, to SS Peter and Paul’s Church paused at 26 Main Street. Appropriately, for it was there that he worked as a barber for 54 years.

31 October 2004

Sheeran, Patrick
The death took place at his residence on Thursday August 13th of Mr Patrick (Paddy) Sheeran, Main Street, Borris in Ossory.
19 August 2009

Slater, Jim
The death of Jim Slater, 11 St. Fiacc’s Terrace Graiguecullen severs a link with the glory days of Laois football during the 1930’s and 1940’s
01 January 2001

Terrett, Liam
Laois GAA was stunned with the news that Liam Terrett, the well known and liked referee in the county had died, aged 53, after a short illness.
30 October 2004

Thompson, Cecil
The death took place in England of Cecil Thompson formerly of Derrycarew and Derrylahan, Abbeyleix, oldest son of the late Joe and Florrie ( nee Pratt), grandson of the Sam and Emily Pratt, husband of Rose.
31 December 2002

Twomey, Michael (Mick)
The communities of Portlaoise and the surrounding areas are all the poorer as a result of the death of one of its most liked and well known characters, Micheal (Mick) Twomey late of Ballina, just two miles outside the town.
30 November 2002

White, Liam
Laois Hurling followers bade farewell to the captain of the last Laois Hurling team to win a Leinster Hurling title when Paddy Rustichizko was laid to rest on March 7.
30 April 2004