OBITUARY: Kathleen Drumgoole never stopped smiling and loved life

Kathleen Drumgoole, 1946-2019

OBITUARY: Kathleen Drumgoole never stopped smiling and loved life

Kathleen Drumgoole who died peacefully in the loving care of staff in Moorehall Lodge Ardee,

Kathleen was born in Mullenstown, Ardee and was the eldest child of Patrick and Rose Reilly. Kathleen was the eldest of seven children. Her father died suddenly when she was ten years old which resulted in Kathleen being a carer to her brothers and sisters. Kathleen started working at 14 and at 16 she went to work at Castleguard where she met and married Jim Drumgoole, Kathleen moved to Reaghstown and had four children.

Kathleen was a very placid caring and easy-going mother to her four children, Kathleen remained very close to her mother and visited her very often especially in her last 10 years when she suffered with Alzheimer’s in St Josephs hospital in Ardee.

Kathleen worked hard all her life mainly in Lissadell Towels where she worked for 25 years, she made many friends there who stayed in contact with her especially through her illness.

Family was everything to Kathleen she lived for her grandchildren and would rarely be seen without a few of them in her company, nothing was ever too much trouble for them, they all returned the favour to her in her hour of need.

16 years ago, Kathleen sadly lost her husband Jim to cancer she then made the big decision to move back to Ardee this was a great move and she quickly rekindled old friendships as well as making new ones.

Unfortunately, five years ago, Kathleen’s eldest son Jimmy got sick with cancer at the same time as she became ill herself. This was a very tough time for her and her family but Kathleen chose to get on with life and do her best for everyone. Jimmy’s passing two years ago left Kathleen heartbroken but as always, she kept the good side out for her family.

Kathleen showed the same resilience when Motor Neurone Disease came knocking at her door, she continued to live her life to the best of her ability. When she could no longer be cared for at home, Kathleen made the brave decision to move into Moorehall Lodge nursing home.This was a great decision and Kathleen quickly made herself at home, the care and attention she received was outstanding. Kathleen was a giver all her life and enjoyed helping anyone she could, even in difficult times she never stopped smiling. She loved life, she was a great talker and homemaker nobody ever got out of her house without a cup of tea and a chat. Kathleen loved her style and getting her hair done every week. She loved the TV especially GAA and political programmes.

Kathleen passed away on St Patricks Day surrounded by her heartbroken family and devoted staff of Moorehall Lodge. She will be greatly missed by all her family neighbours and friends.

The exceptionally large attendance at the wake and the funeral was a tribute to Kathleen’s warm and welcoming personality. Kathleen had planned her funeral to include her children Catherine, Rose and Ollie and her grandchildren Aisling, Nicole, Ciaran, Leah, Liam, Cait, Jamie, Emily, Carla, Marianna and James. Also her sisters Bridgie and Mary her brothers Patsy, Thomas, Sean and Ollie.

The Funeral mass took place in The Church of the Nativity of our lady Ardee on the 19th of March celebrated by Fr Richard Scriven and Fr Brian Slatter music was by Pauline Mc Mahon and Paddy Neary also songs from her grandchildren Liam and Carla. Eulogy by Gavin Reilly (nephew).

Kathleen was interred in Reaghstown cemetery with her husband Jim and her son Jimmy. Months Mind Mass is on Wednesday 24th of April in St Malachys Church Reaghstown at 7 30pm.