Below are the recent local deaths.
May they rest in peace.
Matthew Laffan, late of Bradford, England, and Ballycoolan, Stradbally, Co Laois. In his 95th year. Deeply regretted by his family in Ireland and the UK.
Tonafarna, Vicarstown, Laois
Peacefully after a short illness at home. Beloved husband of Ann (nee Mulhall), much loved father of James and Eoin, brother of the late Frank and Maureen (McEvoy). Sadly missed by his loving family, daughter-in-law Veronica (Nyhan), grandchildren Cian, Brian and Evan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and friends.
Rest In Peace.
Due to the Covid 19 restrictions A Private Family Funeral will take place. Removal from his residence on Thursday at 1:30pm arriving Church of The Assumption, Vicarstown for Requiem Mass at 2pm. Funeral afterwards to Moyanna Cemetery. People are welcome to stand along the route to the Church, in the Churchyard and in the Cemetery with Social Distancing being observed at all times.
The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.
Family Flowers Only Please. Donations, If Desired, To Laois Hospice: http://laoishospice.ie/
Jim’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on: https://laoisfuneralslive.com/johnmaherfuneraldirector
Des (Desmond) Mulhare
St. Judes, Clondalkin, Dublin / Stradbally, Laois
Formerly of Main Street, Stradbally, Co.Laois. Late of the Irish Prison Service. Peacefully at his home in St. Judes, Clondalkin on 9th February. Beloved husband or the late Winnie and much loved father of Michael, Harry, Mairead, Mary, Elizabeth and her partner Jim. Deeply regretted by all his family, daughters in Law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May he rest in Peace.
In accordance with current Government/Hse guidelines and in the interest of public health, a private family funeral will take place for Des, with Requiem Mass on Thursday (11th February) at 11am in the Sacred Heart Church Stradbally which can be viewed on
Followed by interment in Oakvale Cemetery.
Ann Kelly (née Timmons)
Tierernane, Ballickmoyler, Carlow / Ballickmoyler, Laois
Ann Kelly (nee Timmons) passed away, February 9th 2021, peacefully in the presence of her family and in the exceptional care of the staff of ICU, Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.
Beloved wife of Joe, cherished mother of Conor, Sinéad, Niall, Fergus and Eoin. She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, sons, daughter, beautiful grandchildren Kyle, Oisin, Grace, Keira and Emma, her brothers and sisters, Andrew, Gerry Jimmy, Anthony, John, Teresa (deceased), Mary and Della, daughters-in-law Martina, Magda, Gillian, Julieanne and Oisin’s mammy Nicola, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, exceptional friends and neighbours.
May Ann’s gentle soul Rest in Peace.
Due to continued restrictions on public gatherings. A life beautifully lived shall be celebrated in the presence of Ann’s family (max 10 people) on Friday (February 12th ) at 12 noon in St. Abban’s Church, Killeen. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.
In line with current regulations, regretfully house and funeral mass will be private, we thank you for your understanding.
Northgrove, Camross, Laois
Lar Cuddy, Northgrove, Camross, Co. Laois. Died 8th February 2021,(peacefully) surrounded by is loving family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Maureen, daughters Frankie, Mozzie, Laura, and Brigie, sons Pakie and Larry, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
In accordance with current government/HSE guidelines and in the interest of the Public Health and the safety of our most vulnerable, a private family funeral will take place for Lar, with Requiem Mass on Wednesday (10th February) at 11 o’clock, in St. Fergal’s Church, Camross (max of 10 people in church). Mass will be live steamed on the Camross Community Pastoral Council facebook page.
There will be an opportunity for the community to remember Lar, by being present and socially distancing on Wednesday morning on route from Northgrove to St. Fergal’s Camross Church, (via Cardtown).
Micheál Patrick Behan
Leinster Lodge, Athy, Kildare
Micheál passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his family. Needed, wanted and loved by all those close to him. We were so very blessed to have him. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Claire and brothers Patrick and James (Jim). Deeply mourned by his loving wife Vera, of fifty years, sons Gavin and Michael, daughters Sarah, Emily, Veralouise and Ruth, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, seventeen grandchildren, sisters Breada and Clare, extended family and many friends.
Micheál will be making his final journey from Leinster Lodge on Wednesday morning to arrive for Requiem Mass in St. Michael’s Parish Church, Athy for 11am, limited to ten people. The cortège will journey via Ballyroe and Wright’s Cross.
The Mass will be livestreamed, see www.parishofathy.ie. Burial afterwards in St. Michael’s New Cemetery, Athy.
Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Cancer Society.
SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Tuesday, February 9, 2021