The late Eily Connolly was noted for her great hospitality

The death has taken place after a short illness of Eily Connolly (nee Cusack), Ballyclough, Carrickbeg.

The death has taken place after a short illness of Eily Connolly (nee Cusack), Ballyclough, Carrickbeg.

She had just celebrated her 91st birthday on November 30.

Eily was well-known member of the farming community in Ballyclough.

She was one of seven children of the late William and Nora Cusack and she is survived by three of her sisters.

She married Michael Connolly in the neighbouring farm and raised four children, two sons and two daughters.

Eily was predeceased by her husband Michael and elder son Maurice.

She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and in recent years she took great delight in the arrival of the fourth generation.

Eily was a highly organised housewife and possessed great culinary skills and her home held a wonderful welcome for all visitors.

They all enjoyed her great hospitality right up to the end of her life.

In years gone by, Eily was an active member of Windgap ICA.

After prayers recited by Very Rev. Tom Flynn PP at Walsh's Funeral Home on January 4, Eily's remains were removed to St Molleran's Church, Carrickbeg where they were received by Fr Tom Flynn and Fr John Egan SAC.

The burial took place in the Friary Cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Flynn, who was assisted by Fr Phil Barry SAC. and Fr Pat Dwyer SAC Pallotine Fathers and Fr P. Pierce, IC, Glencomeragh.

Chief mourners were her daughters Greta Hallinan, Thurles and Norah Longwill, Buncrana; son Billy, Clontibret; sisters Mai Curry, Carrickbeg, Nora O'Donovan, Cork and Lily Crotty, Newport, Wales.

She is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law and many cousins.

The Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated at St Molleran's Church on Sunday, February 6 at 11am.

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