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Eileen Magnone R.I.P.

With great sadness we report the death of Eileen Magnone, Knockakirwan, Emyvale, which took place suddenly at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, Castleblayney, on the morning of Thursday October 28th. Her body reposed at her home until removal to Ballyoisin for requiem Mass at 11 am on Saturday, Oct 29th. A huge crowd attended and Requiem Mass was conducted by Fr. Sean Nolan, PP Truagh. Members of the family were involved in all aspects of the Liturgy. Two family friends, Maureen and Kevin McCormick, formerly from Main Street Emyvale but now living in Kildare, provided the music and hymns, some of which we have for you below.

Eileen was a member of the Kelly family from Main Street and was well known over a wide area, and was very popular with a very big circle of friends. The Kelly household had an open door and was the meeting point for the youth of the time. Eileen’s mother ran a little shop which had everything anyone would want. It may have been small but Mrs Kelly could put her finger on whatever one might ask for and she had a big heart which may have cut her profits considerably. Eileen’s father was a Blacksmith and had his forge in the yard at the back of the shop. Members of the more senior population of the village can recall the ringing bell like sound created as Willie hit the anvil with his hammer as he moulded a horseshoe or some other piece of equipment.

Eileen married Joe McKenna and moved to their new home at Knockakirwan to raise their family. Sadly Joe died at a young age leaving Eileen to raise her family alone. Some years later Eileen married Joe Magnone and continued to play her role as mother and wife. Joe also passed to his eternal reward.

Eileen was always a great supporter of the local communities of Truagh and Emyvale and attended social occasions in support of various fund-raising ventures. She enjoyed Bingo and was a regular at the Emyvale Bingo, but, like many others, it was treated as another social opportunity to interact with friends more than a chance of winning big money. Being able to drive herself gave her independence, which she enjoyed.

In his homily Fr, Nolan said that the Mass was a prayer of thanks and praise for the life of a faithful follower and said that Eileen could be described as a ‘good person in every way’. He said she had an open house and an open heart. She helped the parish in so many ways and lived by the two most important commandments - love God and love your neighbour. She reared her family to do likewise and he used the occasion to thank them for their support. She had, he said, suffered grief and loss in her life but her faith helped her deal with it. She always had a great interest in travel but it was only in latter years that she was able to visit the places she often dreamt of. Her family made sure that she was given that opportunity and the great satisfaction she got from her travels was repayment for her family. She had a huge interest in people and places and loved telling of her experiences.

Her sudden death was a sort of blessing as she would not have liked to be incapacitated or sick but she had now completed her final journey back to her God. May she rest in peace.

We offer our sincere sympathies to her sons and daughters, her grandchildren and great grandchildren, her brother Mick and sisters Kitty and Patricia, to her in-laws, nephews and nieces, and to all her relatives and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam naofa.

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The Psalm

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