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
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
Click on the icons below to hear clips of the hymns.