Nationalist and Leinster Times.
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,
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
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
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
Source: Michael Purcell
Dr. J. V. Ryan
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