Kilkenny loses one of its most popular figures with death of Patricia (Pat) DeLoughry

Kilkenny loses one of its most popular figures with death of Patricia (Pat) DeLoughry
Sean Keane

One of the city's best loved and most considerate people has passed away.

Patricia (Pat) Deloughry

Parliament Street, Kilkenny died yesterday at Castlecomer District Hospital after a long illness.

The 71-year-old, a primary teacher by profession, was immersed in every aspect of city life and was a member of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society. Conradh na Gaeilge, the Gaelic League, Concern and volunteered for charities and voluntary organisations like the Kilkenny Music Festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival.

If there was a task to be performed, she was on hand, with a smile and a willingness to help anyone she met.

Her grandfather, Peter Deloughry, the Kilkenny patriot and politician. The man who made the key that sprung De Valera from Lincoln Jail.

Pat DeLoughry spent may years looking after her late mother and always made sure there was Mass “as gaeilge, every Sunday in the Friary Church in the centre of the city.

Paying tribute to her, the chairman of Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Pat Nolan, said that Pat had intentionally chosen not to be on any committees and preferred to spend her time volunteering.

“She was an incredible woman who looked after everyone and she was an enthusiastic supporter of everything that the archaeological society did.

“She attended all our events and kept us all going,” Mr Nolan said.

She was also a member of the Fine Gael party for many years.

She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Walsh), brother-in-law Des, nieces Claire and Alice, nephews Richard and Seán, relatives and friends.

May She Rest In Peace

Reposing at Hehir's Funeral Home from 7.30pm tonight (Monday) with Rosary at 8pm. Funeral Prayers on Tuesday at 10.15am followed by removal to St. Mary's Cathedral for 11am Requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St. Kieran's Cemetery. Family flowers only, donations if desired to Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.