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Rosaleen McAnenly R.I.P.

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.

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Entrance Hymn


 Words of welcome

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1st reading



 2nd Reading



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Prayers of







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Lady of Knock