The Late Mary (Paddy Joe) Murphy nee Hickey, Dooneen, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Mary Murphy pictured on the day of her retirement at Castleisland Boys National School. Included are, front row: Elizabeth Carmody, Tina Curtin, Paddy Joe Murphy and Canon Denis O’Mahony. Second row: Denis Griffin, Sr. Maureen Kane, principal Muire Gan Smál primary school; Marina O’Connor, and Fr. Willie Stack. Third row: Eileen O’Flynn, Tim Nelligan, principal, boys national; Norma and Carmel Murphy. Back row: Mary McGaley, Pauline O’Callaghan, Kieran Murphy, Timothy Twomey and Helen Lyons. ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-11-1996
Teacher Mary Murphy, pictured with her husband, Paddy Joe, receiving a presentation from Eileen O’Flynn of behalf of the board of management at Castleisland Boys National School on the occasion of her retirement.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-11-1996
Mrs. Mary Murphy gets an enthusiastic welcome at Castleisland Boys National School on the morning of her retirement.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 22-11-1996

The death has occurred of Mary (Paddy Joe) Murphy nee Hickey, Dooneen, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

Peacefully on January 11th 2021, surrounded by her loving family in the wonderful care of the Palliative Care and Nursing teams at University Hospital Kerry.

Sadly missed by her loving husband Paddy Joe, her family: Donal, Carmel, Kieran and Norma, son in law Martin, daughter in law Denise, her adoring seven grandchildren, Emma, Sadhbh, Olivia, Liam, Aisling, Teighan and Senan, her sister Joan and late sister Nancy, relatives, friends and neighbours. May Her Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Miss Hickey / Mrs. Murphy

Mary Murphy was always known in our house both as Miss Hickey and Mrs. Murphy as she taught my wife Cathleen in Castledrum National School in Keel before she moved to Castleisland and the boys national school / ‘The Masters’ where she taught my son Micheál.

There isn’t a past pupil who doesn’t remember her with fondness and there was a great turnout and reception to reflect that on the day she retired on Friday, November 22-1996.

Impromptu and Unceremonious Welcome

On that morning there was an impromptu and unceremonious welcome by the pupils in the front yard of the school as she arrived for the Mass which was celebrated by Canon Denis O’Mahony and Fr. Willie Stack.

There were presentations and farewells after her 22 years of service to the school.

During those years of service, Mrs. Murphy taught second class for most of that time and switched to fifth for her last five years there.

Excelled in Every Project or Task

She nurtured a dedication and love of Gaelic football in the school through her involvement with Bord na nÓg and Cumann na mBunscoil.

She prepared school groups and individuals in drama and Irish dancing for participation in the Scór na nÓg competitions.

Mrs. Murphy also served for many years on Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club committees.

“She excelled in every project or task she took on and she proved an ideal and caring teacher to the boys of second class who were just graduating from the Presentation Convent primary school at the time,” said Tim Nelligan the principal at ‘The Masters’ at the time of Mrs. Murphy’s retirement.

May God be good to her.

Private Family Funeral

A private family funeral will take place for Mary with her Requiem Mass on Thursday morning at 11am in Castleisland Parish Church followed by burial in Kilbanivane Cemetery, Castleisland.

The Mass will be live-streamed on Family flowers only please.

House Private Please

Please note; The funeral cortège will depart her residence at 10:30am on Thursday morning and will travel via Limerick Road en route to Castleisland Parish Church for Mass at 11am and will depart at 12 noon approximately. en route to Kilbanivane Cemetery.

Date Published: Tuesday 12th January 2021. Date of Death: Monday 11th January 2021.

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