Castleisland Saddened at the Passing of Joanne Walmsley

The late Joanne Walmsley pictured with her daughter, Labhaoise when the 2014 U-14 All-Ireland winning Kerry Ladies Football team stopped in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 20-7-2014

The death has occurred of Joanne Walmsley, No 1 The Avenue, Cahereen’s Heights, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of 52 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Peacefully on March 7th 2019, surrounded by her loving family in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry.

Beloved daughter of the late Liz. Sadly missed by her loving partner Declan, her adored daughter Labhaoise, father Fred, brother Dan, sisters: Tara, Michelle and Noreen, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends. May Her Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

A Deep and Genuine Sadness

After a long and determined struggle with cancer, Joanne Walmsley has lost her battle for life.

There is deep and genuine sadness in the Castleisland area for the past couple of days as the news of her worsening condition spread throughout the locality and through the close-knit basketball community in particular.

Joanne (43) represented her club, town, county and country in basketball and that camaraderie creates a little community in itself.

In a Sporting Context

I don’t ever remember Joanne Walmsley in anything other that in a sporting context. From her calling in basketball and her involvement in ladies football – both of which her daughter, Labhaoise is now following in her footsteps and excelling.

In more recent years she was involved in the preparation of her estate’s youth soccer teams for the annual KDYS/Garda Town League.

Outstanding Example

She can be proud of her achievements as a sports-woman and as a parent for Labhaoise has also been an outstanding example of youth in her sporting and school life to date.

In January 2017 Labhaoise won that year’s Peer Mentor Award as a student of Castleisland Community College at the Kerry ETB Awards Ceremony in Tralee.

The award citation praised her as an excellent leader, mentor and team mate. ‘Her motivation and commitment to the programme never wavered.

She always had a sincere interest in the well-being of her mentees and they felt so comfortable around her,’ – it  read.

Ever Smiling Presence

A member of the close-knit, Barrack Street family, Joanne’s ever smiling presence will be missed by her legion of friends by whom she was usually surrounded at social events both organised and casual.

Her family and friends will need all the support they can get over the weeks and months ahead as they struggle to come to terms with their burden of grief and loss.

May God be good to her.

Joanne’s Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland on Sunday evening from 5pm to 7pm.

Funeral arriving to Castleisland Parish Church on Monday morning for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland.

Family flowers only. Donations in lieu to Palliative Care.

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