The death has occurred of Nora Curtin, nee Mulchrone, Knightsmountain, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and formerly of Newport, Co. Mayo.
Nora, in her 101st year, was predeceased by her husband Charlie, her grandson Éamonn and grand-daughter, Shirley. She will be sadly missed by her sons: Charlie and Éamonn; daughters: Rose, Mary, Noreen, Joan and Kathleen; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
May She Rest In Peace.
Reposing at Leahy’s Funeral Home, Knocknagoshel Village on Friday evening from 4:30pm to 6:30pm followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church, Knocknagoshel. Requiem Mass for Nora will take place on Saturday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Knocknagoshel.
Date Published: Wednesday 21st June 2017. Date of Death: Wednesday 21st June 2017.
Born Before the Rising
The late Mrs. Curtin celebrated her100th birthday at home in Knightsmountain in February 2016.
On the occasion she was surrounded by her family and a huge circle of friends from the locality and from her native Co. Mayo.
The event prompted two very special deliveries. One from Áras an Uachtaráin and the other from The Vatican, from President Michael D Higgins and Pope Francis respectively.
Born in Co. Mayo
She was born, Nora Mulchrone on February 18th 1916 and was raised in Buchagh, Newport, Co Mayo with her six siblings: Tommy, John, Charlie, Molly, Catherine and Rose and her parents Edward Mulchrone and Rose Moran.
Her parents had a farm and her father was a weaver. The family were known as the Weaver Mulchrones.
She went to school in Trienbeg NS and left Mayo in 1938. Her father would send her tweed twice a year for her to get a suit made in the latest fashion as Nora was so tall she could not get suits to fit her. He would always make sure it was a different pattern or colour.
Married a Kerryman in Kilburn
She met Charlie Curtin and married him in the Church of the Sacred Heart on Quex Road in Kilburn, London on August 8th. 1941 and they returned to Mayo in 1942 . Their first child Rose was born the same year.
They settled in Kerry in 1943 and they made Knightsmountain their home. They went on to have six more children. Mary, Joan, Noreen, Charlie, Kathleen and Eamon.
Nora kept a cow which was milked daily and had a well for fresh water. Charlie worked for the forestry locally and enjoyed nothing more than going to Castleisland on his Honda 50.
Regular Visitors Home
Kathleen and Eamon are still living in Kerry and looked after Nora daily with the help of her fantastic carers, Bridie Begley and Lil Burke.
Mary, Joan, Noreen, Charlie all live in parts of England and are regular visitors home. Nora has 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Another special family event took place on the great day when one of her great-grand-children, Ruby Haigh was christened in Knocknagoshel Chuch by Fr. Eoin Mangan earlier that day.
Nora, with the help of her grandchildren Rosie and Carole, had a Facebook account.
Writing and Receiving Letters
She had many friends and loved nothing more than to scroll through the pictures and news from all her extended family who are scattered from New York to Australia.
While she liked the pictures on Facebook she loved nothing more than writing or receiving a letter which had been a hobby of hers all her life.
She attributed her longevity to starting her day with a cup of cooled, boiled water.
Her birthday was marked with a celebration in her home with all of her children and family and a special cake, made by her niece Rosaleen Moore, which came all the way from Mayo.
May God be Good to her.
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