It is with great sadness that we report on the death of Rosaleen McAnenly, Moybridge,
Emyvale, which occurred suddenly at her residence on the morning of Friday, Nov.
12th 2010. Though getting treatment for a common cold Rosaleen was not ill and so
her sudden death was a severe shock to her family and friends. Predeceased by her
husband, John and son, Enda, she leaves behind to mourn her loss - her sons - Seamus,
Sean, Padraig, Philip, Barry and Niall; her daughters - Brid, Mary, Elish, Roisin,
Fionnuala and Paula; her brothers - Fay and John and her sister, Brid; her in-laws;
her grandchildren and great grandchildren; her nieces and nephews and a wide circle
of friends and to all of them we offer our deepest sympathy.
The high esteem and respect with which Rosaleen was held in the local and wider community
was evident from the huge numbers who called to the house to pay their respects and
offer sympathy. Rosaleen’s remains were brought to the Church of the Holy Family
at Ballyoisin on Sunday, Nov 14th for Requiem Mass at 1pm and again the attendance
was huge. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Peter McAnenly, nephew-in-law of the deceased,
assisted by Fr. Sean Nolan, Fr. Macartan McQuaid and Fr. Larry Dawson. Family members
were involved in all aspects of the liturgy and the local choir provided the hymns
and music with Grainne Daly as organist and Carol Flood as psalmist.
Below we have audio clips of various parts of the ceremony, including the homily
presented by Fr. Peter. It was so obvious that he knew Rosaleen so well as he summed
up her character and personality very accurately and offered words of comfort and
consolation to her family who are struggling to come to terms with her passing.
I first met Rosaleen in the late fifties after she and John with three children set
up home in Mullenderg. I was very friendly with her brothers, Packie and Francie
McCaffrey, and so became a regular caller with John and Rosaleen. Indeed I spent
many happy hours in their home and enjoyed her great cooking and her immense humour
and wit. She had a great philosophy in how to deal with the problems of life and
was always content to make do with her circumstances though always striving to better
the situation. Her generosity showed in so many ways in that she would share in lean
times and in good times and, after chatting to her, one would always leave with a
lighter heart. Her motherly love was so immense that she was able to share it with
her own large family and anyone who was open to it. She cherished friendships and
peace and even in adversity she could see the positive and the light at the end of
the tunnel. She was proud of her family and there was always some of them coming
or going and she kept abreast with all their projects. She was up to date with current
affairs and could discuss any topic of conversation. She laughed with others in good
times and she mourned with them in times of sorrow and had great empathy for those
who were suffering. She was a lovely person. May God grant her eternal rest.
If you click on the icons below you should be able to hear the sound clips.