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June 05, 2007

Obituaries of two well-known personalities from 1963

The deaths of Tom Keogh and Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham were recorded in the Leinster Leader 12 January 1963.

Leinster Leader January 12 1963.  P. 8.


Mr. T. Keogh, Kildare.

Mr. Thomas Keogh, Claregate St., Kildare, who has died, was one of the star players of the great days of Kildare football and was one of the best-known figures in Kildare G.A.A. circles.  A native of the town, he played for the county on many occasions and also visited America.  He also played for a period with Laois and made quite a reputation for himself while playing with that county.
For many years past he had been working with the Civilian Branch, Corps of Engineers, Curragh Camp.  He was a very popular personality, noted especially for his frank and forthright honesty, unfailing good humour and ready wit.
Interment took place at New Cemetery, Kildare, on Sunday.  Very Rev. P. MacSuibhne, P.P., officiated at the graveside, other clergy present including Very Rev. Fr. Fitzpatrick, O.Carm., Prior, White Abbey, and Rev. Fr. Gahan, C.C.
Members of the Round Towers G.F.C. and of the county team, as well as some former team-mates, acted as a guard of honour, and a Lily White football jersey was draped over the coffin.  The large and representative attendance at the funeral included members of the Kildare and Laois Co. G.A.A. Boards, as well as representatives of clubs from both counties.
He is survived by his wife and son and by his brother John and sister Mrs. Aldridge.

Mrs. E. Cunningham, Kildare.

The death occurred on Thursday last of Mrs. Elizabeth Cunningham, Round Tower House, oldest member of one of Kildare’s oldest families and a very well-known and most highly respected figure.  Widow of Mr. Michael Cunningham, she was a native of Laois but had lived for most of her long life in Kildare.
With her husband, she established and developed the family business at Round Tower House and up to a short time before her death continued to take an active interest in the business.  An industrious woman all her life, she was very religious and was noted for her good neighbourliness and unfailing charity.
She was mother of Mr. Michael Cunningham, Co.C., Athy, and of Messrs. James and John Cunningham and of Mrs. Tom McWey, Kildare, and Mrs. Hugh Finnegan, Sutton.  Grandchildren include Mr. Michael McWey, Co.C., and Sister Conleth of the Convent of the Holy Infant, Malahide.  She was mother-in-law of the well known Kildare businessman, Mr. Tom McWey: of Mr. Hugh Finnegan and of Mrs. Michael Cunningham, Athy; Mrs James Cunningham, Athy; Mrs James Cunningham, Dublin, and Mrs. John Cunningham.
Interment took place on Saturday, the large funeral being widely representative.  Rev. J. McWey, C.C., Edenderry, officiated and other clergy present included Very Rev. P. Mac Suibhne, P.P., Kildare; Very Rev. Fr. Fitzpatrick, O.Carm., Prior, White Abbey, Kildare; Rev. Fr. Gahan, C.C., Kildare, and Rev. Fr. Hughes, C.C., Nurney.

The deaths of Tom Keogh and Mrs Elizabeth Cunningham were recorded in the Leinster Leader 12 January 1963.

[This article was transcribed by Breid as part of an ongoing Cill Dara Historical Society Project dedicated to the ehnancement of our knowledge of the history and heritage of the town. My thanks to the Society for this and for all their work in the promotion of the history of Kildare Town and the surrounding districts.]

Posted by mariocorrigan at June 5, 2007 08:36 PM