Carlow Nationalist: Breaking News
Deep sadness at Seanís death
There was profound regret in his native Carlow at the death on Saturday,
December 12, 1999., at St. Vincentís Private Hospital, Dublin, of local businessman SeŠn Donnelly, 24 Castle Street, Carlow.
Mr. Donnelly (67) had carried on a general shop trade at Castle Street
for the past 40 years. He had been in failing health for the past four
A man of quiet disposition, SeŠn was very popular within the local
community. He was secretary of the Workmanís Club at Browne Street, Carlow, for 35
years. In that capacity he was most efficient and conscientious. Failing
health forced him to relinquish the position in recent years. In a general sense, SeŠn Donnelly had a life-long loyalty to the
Workmanís Club and its proud historical traditions.
An outdoor type who enjoyed a simple lifestyle and lived life to the
full, SeŠn was an oarsman with Carlow Rowing Club in his younger days and
was a keen follower of all sports.
He served his time to the hardware trade with Gillespieís of Carlow and
later worked as a commercial traveller for a number of years until he went
into business for himself. He opened for business on December 13, 1958. SeŠn and his wife, Allie,
built up a successful enterprise over the past four decades dealing in green
grocery, light hardware, fuel, fruit, fancy goods and, initially,
Outside of his working life, SeŠn served for many years as a member of
the Carlow branch of Order of Malta and travelled to Lourdes in his younger
days to look after invalids.
His remains were removed to The Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow,
where they were received by Fr. Bill Kemmy, CC. Fr. Christopher, O.F.M. (Cap.) a family friend, celebrated the Requiem
In a homily, Fr. Christopher paid tribute to the SeŠnís many fine
Burial took place afterwards to St. Maryís cemetery, Carlow.
A guard of honour was formed on both occasions by members of the
Workmanís Club while uniformed members of the Carlow Order of Malta also
Mr. Donnelly is survived by his wife, Allie, daughter Mrs. Emer Kelly (Knocknagee,
Carlow), mother Mrs. Elizabeth Donnelly, sister Mrs. Eilish Dowling (both
Marysville, Hanover, Carlow), by his son-in-law Michael, brothers-in-law,
sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and his many friends. His father, the late
Mr. John Donnelly, was a secondary teacher at the C.B.S. in Carlow - he died
Source: The Nationalist Archives
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