There is sadness in Portarlington this week with the news of the death of Rose McCann, a woman who made a lifelong contribution to the town and local community.
Rose was a central member of the famed Portarlington GAA ladies committee for decades and the highly-respected McCann family is very much synonymous with the club.
The Portarlington GAA grounds are named McCann Park in honour of Rose’s late husband Pat, who died tragically following a car accident in 1991.
The ladies committee in Portarlington GAA has long been a central part of the club’s fabric, tirelessly working over the years catering for the many club and county teams that trained and played in the club grounds.
The warm welcome and generosity offered to visitors by Rose and her colleagues was a feature of any gathering in the grounds.
Many of the ladies committee also put their shoulder to the wheel for the weekly bingo meetings in the club hall as well as to various social events held in the premises.
As a mark of respect, bingo in Portarlington this week has been cancelled.
Rose (nee Gallagher) passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
She is predeceased by her husband Pat, brother Eamonn, sisters Patricia, Mags and Catherine and son-in-law Peter.
She is deeply regretted by her loving family Caroline, Kevin, Brendan, Declan and Shane as well as her brothers, sisters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
Rose is reposing at her residence on Wednesday evening from 3pm with rosary at 8pm.
Removal on Thursday morning at 11am arriving at St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, for requiem mass at 12noon.
Funeral afterwards to St Michael’s Cemetery. House private on Thursday morning.
Rose’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on this link.
Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Friends of Tullamore Hospital.
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