The death took place this week of Frances Coyne (nee Egan), a long-serving and hugely respected shopkeeper in Borris-in-Ossory.
Mrs Coyne took over the running of a shop in Borris-in-Ossory in the 1960s while still a teenager and after getting married to her husband Michael Coyne, the shop traded as Coynes for a long number of years.
It was a busy grocery shop on the old main Dublin Road and a popular spot for both locals and the passing trade.
Mrs Coyne was remembered as an extremely hard worker and an incredibly kind and good-natured person to both the many staff and customers that came through the doors over the years.
The Coyne family built a new purpose-built shop in 2000 and sold it in 2005.
Frances was also a leading figure in the Borris-in-Ossory parish, in recent years alongside parish priest Fr Jackie Robinson.
Through her hr sister and great friend Ursula Mulhall, Frances was also a regular visitor to Mulhall’s SuperValu and restaurant in Portlaoise where she was well known by staff and customers alike.
Frances, of Shanbo, Borris-in-Ossory, was the beloved wife of Michael and much-loved mother of Patrick, Kathryn and Vincent.
Predeceased by her brothers, Fr. Denis and Sean and sister Marie (Sr. Gerard).
Sadly missed by her devoted husband, sister and dearest friend Ursula (Mulhall), sons, daughter, grandchildren Ava, Sean, Grace, Conor, Emma and Eli, son in law John, daughters in law Fiona and Una, sisters in law Elizabeth, Imelda and Kathleen and brother in law Seamus, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Frances’s funeral mass took place in Borris-in-Ossory on Friday to St Canice’s church with burial afterwards in Derrinsallagh Cemetery.