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The death has taken place of

Kathleen McNama

Tawneylea


It was with deep sadness that the local community learned the news

of the death of one of its oldest members,

Kathleen McNama.


Kathleen died in Sligo University Hospital

On Wednesday, 23 November.

She was 96 years of age.


Kathleen Kemmitt was born in 1920,
one of the four children of Kate and William Kemmitt,
of Drumran, Dromahair.


In geographic terms, Kathleen didn’t travelled  far from her native Drumran.
Unlike so many of her generation, she did not emigrate to England,
nor was she attracted by the bright lights of New York.
Instead, she was lucky to get work relatively close to home,
as a shop assistant in Colooney.


In 1961 she married Stephen McNama,
and the couple settled in Stephen’s home in Tawneylea.

Kathleen would spend the rest of her life,

another 55 years, in that same townland.


Kathleen was a lady who was totally dedicated and devoted to her family,

to her husband Stephen and to their daughter Mary.
At different times she also cared for and looked after her own mother Kate
and Stephen’s mother Lena, in their old age.  

And Kathleen was also very good to her friends, to her neighbours.
She loved to see them call to house and she loved to have a chat with them.
And, of course, if ever they were in any need,
she was always ready to help out in any way she could.


And all that was done in her own quiet and gentle manner,
not seeking any attention, not seeking any thanks.

For Kathleen lived a plain life, a simple life.
Her pleasures in life were plain and simple; looking after the home,
caring for her family, baking and cooking,
her trips away in the car with her daughter Mary,
browsing through Ireland’s Own and the Leitrim Observer,
solving puzzles such as ‘Word Search’.


As with so many people of her generation,
Kathleen had a strong and a deep faith.
It was a faith that expressed itself
in her regular attendance at Sunday Mass and in her First Friday devotions,
in her praying of the Rosary and in her devotion to St Martin.
In earlier days she made regular pilgrimages to Lough Derg.

It was this deep faith that gave her great strength
and a deep sense of acceptance
when her husband Stephen died suddenly in 2004.


In recent years Kathleen lived in Tawneylea
with her daughter Mary and son-in-law Liam.


She was admitted to Sligo University Hospital three weeks ago
and died there in Wednesday, 23 November.


Predeceased by her husband Stephen,
and by her sister Bridget and brothers Michael and Liam,

she is survived by her daughter Mary.


The Funeral Mass took place in St Brigid’s Church, Creevelea,
on Saturday, 26 November.

Kathleen was laid to rest beside her husband Stephen
in the family plot in Drumkeeran Cemetery.