There is sadness in Mountmellick, Rosenallis, Killenard and surrounding areas following the death of Mary McElwee this week.
Mrs McElwee (nee Daly), a native of Westmeath, and her husband Jim, a Donegal man, were behind the McElwee Pharmacy in Mountmellick, a highly-respected business and loyal employer since it opened under the family name more than 40 years ago.
It has long been a generous supporter of groups and clubs in the area.
The business has grown in recent years from its base in O’Connell Square in Mountmellick to also include another pharmacy at the Davitt Shopping Centre in the town as well as in the Cedar Clinic in Portlaoise.
The McElwee family have been heavily involved in local life in Mountmellick and Rosenallis over a long period of time in community and sporting circles. In recent years Mary and Jim had moved to live in Killenard.
Mary passed away peacefully in the wonderful care of the staff of St Vincent’s Private and University Hospitals Dublin.
She is survived by her loving husband Jim and five children – Peter, Maria, James, Richard and Rozamund – as well her sister Ursula and brothers Terry and Oliver.
She will also be hugely missed by grandchildren Reuben, Juliette, Samuel and Jeremy, daughters and sons in law, Ian, Shumon, Dorothy, Dermot and Fiona, niece Caroline and nephew William, sisters in law, brothers in law, and extended family and amazingly close friends.
Mary will repose in Rozamond and Dermot’s home, No 1 Mount Henry Drive, Killenard, Co.Laois from 6pm Thursday, 1st of December 2022.
Removal (house private) on Friday 2nd December 2022, to arrive at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Mountmellick for 6pm.
Requiem Mass on Saturday, 3rd of December 2022, at 11am, before Mary is brought to her resting place in Killenard.