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Sadness in Emo as much-loved Eileen Kirwan passes away

The late Eileen Kirwan from Emo

For the second time in a couple of days, the Emo community has been hit with a sad death with the passing of the much-loved Eileen Kirwan.

Mrs Kirwan (nee Connolly), a mother of 12, was hugely involved in many aspects of Emo life over a long number of years.

She served as secretary of the Emo GAA club for 13 years – throughout the 90s and into the 2000s – and was an ever-present at club games and events.

“Emo GAA would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Kirwan Family on the passing of Eileen,” posted the club on Facebook.

“One of the stalwarts of Emo GAA Eileen was one of the hardest working members of the club who donated 13 years of her life to being secretary.”

The Kirwan name has been synonymous with Emo sides over the years with at least one member of the family on each of the club’s teams that reached senior county finals in 1986, 1994, 2004 and 2015.

In addition, the extended Kirwan family are heavily involved in the Emo community.

Eileen passed away peacefully in the loving care of the staff of St Brigid’s Hospital Shaen.

Loving wife of the late Paddy. Deeply regretted by her sons John, Patrick, Brian, Barry, Michael, Paul and Colm, daughters Helen, Pauline, Louise, Rosaleen and Deirdre, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, nephews and friends.

Eileen is reposing at her residence in Killimy in Emo on Monday from 3pm with Rosary at 8pm.

Removal on Tuesday at 11.30am arriving St Paul’s Church Emo for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to the New Cemetery Emo.

Family Flowers Only Please. Donations If Desired To St Brigid’s Hospital Shaen Residents Comfort Fund. House Private On Tuesday morning please.

Eileen Kirwan, far right, with Emo GAA officials and supporters ahead of the 2004 Laois county final. Picture: Alf Harvey

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