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Death of Mrs. J. V. Ryan, Carlow.


Nationalist and Leinster Times.

December 1904.

Death of Mrs. J. V. Ryan, Carlow.

We announce with very great regret the death of Mrs J. V. Ryan, which occurred on Friday last, at her residence, John Street, Carlow.

The news of her demise came as a great shock to her hosts of friends, and throughout the whole community there was the most heartfelt sympathy for Dr. J. V. Ryan in the heavy affliction with what Providence in its mysterious wisdom had visited him in the loss of his wife.

The deceased lady was the youngest daughter of the late Mr. Daniel McGrath, of Dublin Street, Carlow.

She received her early education in the Mercy Convent, Carlow, and Goresbridge Convent, and completed her studies in France.

She returned to her home in 1899, and in 1901 her marriage with Dr. Ryan took place in the Chapel of the Mercy Convent, Carlow.

She was a lady of many rare and excellent qualities. Gentle and unassuming in disposition, she won her way into the hearts of all who knew her. She was intensely devoted to holy religion, and throughout her life was noted for a remarkable degree of piety.

In what was destined to be the last week of her all too brief life she had the great happiness of assisting in the celebration of the Jubilee of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception.

It was in her home life that her many admirable qualities were most fully exercised. A devoted wife and a loving mother, she lavished all her rare gifts in the family circle, and in that seclusion which was at all times her characteristic , a true Irish Catholic mother, she was passionately attached to her children.

To the poor she was a constant friend, and in her unostentatious way she practised the greatest of the virtues.

In no ordinary sense may it be said that she was prized and esteemed by her acquaintances, and loved by her immediate friends, who knew and could not fail to appreciate her worth.

To Dr. Ryan, in his hour of great grief in the loss of such a helpmate, there is extended the greatest sympathy, and a sympathy which was emphatically indicated on Sunday last when the remains were removed for internment to St. Mary's Cemetery.

The attendance at the funeral included a large body of clergy and a full representation of all classes in the town and country. Amidst every sign of sympathy the cortege proceeded to Carlow Cathedral, where, after a brief service, the sad procession, which was one of the largest ever witnessed in the town, wended its way to the burial ground, where in the presence of such a representative number, the remains of the deceased were laid to rest.

The chief mourners were -- Dr. Joseph V. Ryan, (husband); Mr. D.J. McGrath (brother); Mother Berchmans, Mercy Convent, Carlow (sister) ; , Mr. Patrick Brennan, J.P., Ballyharmon, (uncle), ; Rev. P.J. Ryan and Mr. Laurence Ryan, Kilabbin, (brothers-in-law); Messrs Matthew, Edward and Daniel McGrath, Dublin, and Mr John Bolger, Maryborough, (cousins).

Wreaths were sent by the following:- "In loving memory of my darling wife"; - "In loving memory of our dear sister, from Joe and Julia McGrath"; -

In fond remembrance, from Fanny and Laurence Ryan" - "In affectionate remembrance, from Mary Ryan" - "With heartfelt sympathy, from B. Brennan, Allenwood, Lucan"; - With heartfelt sympathy, from Mr. and Mrs. Governey"; - " from Mr. Thomas Murphy and family "; - "from Mr. and Mrs. John McDonnell" Haymarket; - "from Mrs. Duggan and family",; - from Mrs. Kinsella, The Royal Arms, "-; - from Mr. and Mrs. Carbery; - from Mr. and Mrs. Reidy, Dublin Street.

Dr. Ryan begs to convey his sincere thanks to the many kind friends, of every class and creed, who have shown their sympathy and condolence towards him in his sorrow, and the affliction that has overtaken him and his little ones.

Office and Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday at 11 o' clock, in the Cathedral, Carlow, in the presence of a very large congregation. (17 priests are named as presiding at the Mass).

Source: Michael Purcell

Dr. J. V. Ryan

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