07 Jul 2022

Bess Kieran’s life always centred around her family

Elizabeth 'Bess' Kieran, Kilcroney, 1926-2018

Bess Kieran’s life always centred around her family

Elizabeth (Bess) Kieran (nee McDonnell), whose death occurred suddenly on 11th April 2018 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Bess lived a very long and healthy life.

She was born on 22nd April 1926 to parents Patrick and Kathleen McDonnell, Killencoole, Readypenny.

She was the third eldest child of seven and was predeceased by her brothers Tommy, Jack and Packie and her youngest sister May (McGeough).

She is survived by her brother Michael and sister Rosaleen.

Her mother tragically died when she was a mere seven years old.

The absence of her mother contributed to Bess’ sense of vocation towards her own children.

She always strived to give them the maternal love and support that she unfortunately missed out on.

Bess was educated in Darver National School before moving to Navan for finishing school.

Bess met the love of her life, Joe Kieran, and they were married in 1947.

Together they had seven children.

Bess was a homemaker and she possessed a real fondness for baking.

Her apple tarts and brown bread were renowned in the Kilcroney area!

She was caring and thoughtful and always put others before herself.

She appreciated the simple things in life, like just sitting on the wall in Blackrock on a sunny evening with an ice-cream.

She always kept her handbag close by in case the opportunity of a spin out arose.

Bess’ bubbly personality accompanied with her witty remarks were a breath of fresh air, with many commenting that she seemed and looked younger than her 92 years.

Grandmother to 24 and great-grandmother to 22, family was an integral aspect of Bess’ life.

Speaking at the funeral mass, grandson John captured accurately Bess’ loveable character.

He stated that “Kilcroney has lost its own Queen Elizabeth”.

Bess is survived by her children, May (McCabe), Brendan, Helen (Lennon), Joe, Michael, Linda (McArdle) and John, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

After reposing at her home, removal took place on Friday to St Mary’s Church, Knockbridge.

The funeral mass was celebrated by Fr. Paddy Rushe.

The beautiful music was provided by Ruth Kelly and Paddy Neary.

Bess’ month’s mind Mass took place on Saturday May 12th in St Mary’s Church Knockbridge.

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