The death has occurred of John O’Reilly Senior from Harristown near Graiguecullen at the age of 82.
A highly-regarded farmer, who was well known across the rural communities of both Carlow and South Laois, he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday at St Luke’s Hospital in Kilkenny.
A very witty man with a word for everyone, he could regale all comers with his stories, yarns and observations.
A master of the marts, he attended sales across Leinster buying and selling cattle and sheep.
He was also a huge GAA man and followed Laois all over the country to watch matches.
He took particular interest in the fortunes of Graiguecullen, for whom his sons John and Brian played with for many years, his native Killeshin and his neighbours Arles-Killeen.
And be it chatting over a pint, or after a match, his views on farming, football or politics were always worth listening to.
Beloved husband of Statia (nee Miller), much loved father of Áine, John, Brian and Helen, adored grandfather of Katie, Lucie, Molly, Cathal, Dan, Peter, John, Norá, Ned and Bríd and cherished brother of Maura, Patsy and the late Breda, Lena, Rosaleen and Billy.
He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law Vinny, daughters-in-law Niamh and Áine, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Reposing at his home (Eircode R93 N262), all day on Saturday, with prayers at 8pm that evening. Removal on Sunday at 12.30pm to St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen, arriving for Funeral Mass at 1pm. Burial afterwards in Killeshin Cemetery, Carlow.
John’s Funeral Mass can be viewed on St Clare’s Church, online streaming service by using the following link – https://www.graiguecullenkilleshin.com/
Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to Eíst, Carlow.