Mrs Eileen Ryan Railway view, Roscrea celebrating her 100th
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Mrs Eileen Ryan Railway view Roscrea celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday the 14th of October along with a large gathering of family, friends .
A hail and hearty Mrs Eileen Ryan Railway view Roscrea celebrated her 100th birthday on Saturday the 14th of October along with a large gathering of family, friends and in particular her “younger sister” Lucy at 93 years of age.
Fr Michael Collins presented Eileen with a letter of congratulations from President Mary McAleese and Fr Tom Corbett made a presentation on behalf of the Parish of Roscrea.
Eileen’s mother, Helena Flannery was born in Strandhill, Co Sligo and came to Roscrea at an early age as governess to Violet Corcoran whose family owned the Portarlington Arms Hotel (now the Damer Court Hotel) in Roscrea. Helen married Paddy McEvoy, of Birr road Roscrea, in Mount St Joseph’s Abbey. Paddy fought in the Boer war and on his return worked at Inane for Vincent Jackson, the owner of the estate and his next employer was Major Henry Palmer of Ballinlough, Kings County (now Offaly)
Eileen was born in 1906 at Ballinlough and Christened in Kilcolman Church. One of 6 sisters, Sheila, Lucy, Kathleen, May and Esther, the family later moved to Roscrea and settled in Glentara.
In 1928, Eileen married Denis Ryan, son of John Ryan of Ashbury and Bridget Dooley. John worked as a shunter on the railway and three of his sons were engine drivers for the Great Southern and Western Railway Company. Eileens husband Dinny, worked for George Earle for thirty-six years. This family business was on Barrick Hill in 1893 Crawfords are in business there today.
Eileen and Dinny had four boys and seven girls, John, Denis, Billy, Michael, Mena, Helen, Sheila, Lucy, Mary, Kathleen and Noelie. The wider family includes 53 grand children, 76 great grand children and 2 great great grand children.
A woman very involved in her hometown, she was a founder member of the I.C.A in Roscrea and a member of Vincent DePaul and was also a committee member of the Community Centre.
“ We walk this path but once. Any kindness that we can show or good that we can do, let us do it now, for we shall not pass this way again” – a belief practised for a life time and a lesson to us all.