There was deep sadness in Laois last week following the sad passing of a very well-known businesswoman.
Caroline Malone, née Flynn, passed away following a battle with illness.
The Ballybrittas native owned and managed Bambinos creche in the village where she cared for hundreds of children over the years.
Caroline is survived by her husband Seamus ‘Molly’ Malone, son Matthew, daughters Shauna and Aoife, father Jack, mother Liz, brother John, sisters Louise and Colette.
Two local GAA clubs – for which Caroline’s husband and son have played in the past – both paid tribute to her.
Courtwood GAA said: “We were very saddened today to hear of the passing of Caroline Malone (née Flynn) of Kilbracken.
“Caroline’s husband Seamus and son Matt have both played with our club and the extended Flynn family have a long association with our club.
“Our sympathies to all of Caroline’s family and many, many friends.
“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
They said: “Portarlington GAA Club would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our former senior player Seamus Molly Malone, his son Matt & daughters Aoife & Shauna on the sad passing of his wife Caroline.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all the Malone & Flynn immediate & extended family at this sad time.
“May Caroline RIP. Ar dheis De go raibh hanam.”
Caroline was laid to rest on Saturday in St John’s Cemetery Killenard, Portarlington.
May she Rest in Peace.