It was on Sunday, July 17, when news filtered through that May O’Neill had passed to her eternal reward.
ay, in her 91st year, was a pillar in the community of Knockananna. May was a great conversationalist, equally at home with all ages and groups and had always a word for everyone.
Her door was always open, and the kettle was always boiling when you called to see May. She was the heart and soul of the community.
May’s main interest along with her family was the local community and the commitment and dedication she gave down through the years was remarkable and unequalled.
May witnessed tragedy in her life when her husband and daughter were killed in an accident 60 years ago. For many years she worked in Scoil Naomh Brid where she was greatly valued and highly respected.
She was a person of strong faith and was very active within the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
For decades she washed the Knockananna GAA Club jerseys. She made sure the team lined out impeccable in their jerseys. She was a true lady in every sense of the word and her family and the Knockananna community who appreciated her company, advice or assistance in many ways now truly and justifiably grieve for the void this sad demise leaves.
They will miss her friendship but above all her love. If the word unique has any real meaning, then that adjective accurately describes May O’Neill.
A large crowed attended her obsequie at her home and later attended her removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception for Mass, a church she gave great service to over many years.
The local GAA club formed a guard of honour to respect May who had made such a big contribution to their club and the entire Knockananna community.
To her daughter Patricia and extended family members we offer our sincere sympathy.
I measc na Naomh go raibh a h-anam dilis.