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Dr. Joseph V. Ryan

Medical Officer

The Nationalist and Leinster Times.

13th October 1923.

Dr. Joseph V. Ryan.


We deeply regret to announce the death of the above highly esteemed member of the medical profession, which took place rather unexpectedly at his residence, Grosvenor Place, Carlow, early on Wednesday morning.

Deceased had been in failing health for some twelve months, and no one knew better than himself that his days were numbered.

In fact he so expressed it on more than one occasion, but with his love for his practice, both private and in carrying out his public appointments, he struggled on to the end in the most resolute and courageous manner.

His death was a great shock to the townspeople who had seen him only the day before ; as usual visiting his patients and going through the ordinary routine of his daily work at the County Home.

The shock was all the more painful to his own family who lose a loving husband and a most devoted father, and with them we join in the sympathy shared by every one who knew him in the great affliction it has pleased God to send them.

Dr. Ryan was qualified in 1888, and shortly afterwards came to Carlow from the Queen's College, Cork, where he had been Lecturer in and Demonstrator of Anatomy, and also Professor of Mathematics in St. Finbarr's College.

From the very beginning Dr. Ryan acquired the confidence of the great number of his patients, and had at all times a very extensive practice.

He was the Medical Officer of the Carlow Union for the past 18 years, succeeding Dr. Edward Rawsone when that gentleman resigned the position.

The poor, whom he loved and devoted his services to, returned his affection and had implicit belief in his ability to heal their ailments.

He will be sadly missed in many a home in which his professional knowledge had gained him an entry.

The chief mourners wer:-

Patrick, Daniel and Joseph (sons), D.J. McGrath, M.P.S.I.; Michael White, Knocknadogue; Wm Delaney, Newtown; Joseph Delaney, Hollypark (brothers-in-law), James, Jack, Willy, Michael, Paddy, and Joe Delaney, and Thomas White (nephews ), P. Brennan, Ballyharmon; J. Brennan, Ballyharmon; Rev. M. Bolger, P.P. Graiguecullen; Rev. Dr. Donohue, Knockbeg College; D. McGrath, Dublin; M. Maloney, Borris; John Ryan, Ph.D.; Rev. J. Birch, C.C., Ballyragget; William White, Ballycarron;  J. McEnery, Rossinara, Kilmoganny; Dr. White, Ballyragget; P. White, Lismaine House; Kieran Comeford, Kilkenny; A. O'Donnell, Jas. Harte, Solicitor, Kilkenny; John Fitzgerald, Noremount, Kilkenny; M. Brennan, Ballyragget;  J. Rice, M. Buggy, Solicitor, Kilkenny (cousins).

The following wreaths were sent:--

"From his loving wife and children".  "From Mr. and Mrs. McGrath, with deepest sympathy", - "With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs Delaney". - "With deepest sympathy from the Sisters of Mercy, County Home". - "With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Governey". - "With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Molloy". - With deepest sympathy from Dr. and Mrs. O' Meara". –“With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ryan". – “With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Miss Burns".

Condolence And Adjournment.

At a meeting of the Carlow Board of Health on Monday, Rev. J. Killian, Adm., presiding, the following resolution was passed on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by Mr. Edward Doyle, T.D.:-

That we, the Carlow Board of Health, have heard with feelings of very deep regret of the death of Dr. J. V. Ryan, Medical Officer of the County Home, and we wish to record our deep sense of the very great loss the Board has sustained by his unexpected death, and our deep sympathy with his widow and family in their bereavement, and as a further mark of respect we hereby adjourn this meeting".

In speaking to the resolution Fr. Killian said --- Since our last meeting death has claimed our esteemed Medical Officer, Dr. Ryan, and the sad duty devolves on me of proposing that we tender to his family and friends our deep sympathy with them in the great loss that they have sustained.

They are not alone in their sense of loss, for the Board has lost a most efficient officer, the sick and poor have lost a devoted servant, and we who have had the privilege of his friendship have lost a loyal friend.

It was typical of the man, that though in failing health - knowing even that the hand of death was on him - that he stood at his post to the last, fearless and uncomplaining.

Hence it is that with a keen sense of personal loss and sorrow we tender to his bereaved family our sincere sympathy, and place on record our high esteem of one whose sterling qualities won our friendship and commanded our respect.

The resolution was passed in respectful silence.

Carlow Urban Council.

At Tuesday night's meeting of the Carlow Urban Council, Mr. Michael Governey proposed a resolution of condolence with the family of the late Dr. Ryan.

Mr. Governey referred in feeling terms to the passing of the deceased gentleman, and said the widow and family had the full sympathy of the people of Carlow and surrounding districts.

Miss Laffan seconded and the resolution was passed in silence.

On behalf of himself and the staff, Mr. W.A. Lawler, Town Clerk, associated himself with the resolution.


Mrs. Dr. Ryan and Family, of "Grosvenor Place" Carlow, desire to acknowledge most gratefully the many kind wires and letters of sympathy received on the occasion of their recent sad bereavement and which proved a great source of consolation in their darkest hours of grief.

As it would be altogether impossible to reply individually, she and her family desire the kindly acceptance of this notice in grateful acknowledgement of same.

Solemn Office And Requiem Mass.

Solemn Office and Requiem Mass was offered up for the repose of his soul on Friday, the following clergy were present:-

Most Rev. Dr. Foley, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, presiding: Very Rev. J. Foley, D.D., President Carlow College ; Very Rev. J. Coyle, P.P., Leighlinbridge; Very Rev. M. Bolger, P.P., Graiguecullen; Very Rev. P. Gorry, P.P., Tinryland; Very Rev. A. Lynam, P.P., Stradbally; Very Rev. J. Byrne, P.P., Carbery; Very Rev. J. Farrell, P.P., Arles;  Very Rev. W. Rice, P.P. Doonane; Rev. T. Keogh, V.P. Carlow College; Rev. J. Killian, Adm., Carlow; Rev. Dr. Donohoe, Ph. D., Knockbeg College; Rev. J. Dunny, C.C., Carlow; Rev. J. Birch, C.C. Ballyragget; Rev. W. Fanning, C.C., Carlow; Rev. W. Fanning, C.C., Graiguecullen; Rev. D. Gorry, C.C., Tinryland; Rev. T. Browne, Carlow College; Rev. J. Foynes, Carlow College; Rev. J. Cunningham, Knockbeg College ; Rev. W. Kelly, Chaplain, Curragh Camp; Rev. J. Murphy, C.C. Arles; Rev. Fr. Murphy, O.M., Prior, Newbridge College; Rev. Dr. Donohoe, was celebrant of the Mass; Rev. J. Killian, deacon; Rev. T. Keogh, sub-deacon.

[Note added by M. Purcell 2011. Dr. Ryan was the grandfather of Pat Ryan, Athy Road and Betty O'Gorman of Dublin Street, Carlow.]

Source: Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times 1923

Claire Ryan

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