The passing of Mrs. Phil Campion (86) (nee Sweeney), Troyswood, Kilkenny, caused great sorrow in the area where she was born and had lived all her life. Widow of the late Davy Campion, Phil and her late husband ran a very successful pub in the Blackmill Street area of the city for many years. The popular family run bar continues in the capable hands of their sons and daughters.
Phil was a most patient, kind and friendly person and was extremely popular with the customers. Coming from a farming background she never lost the common touch. She enjoyed a night out at bingo and loved the many trips to Kerry, in particular a regular visit to the Puck Fair in Killorglin with her late husband. Her family were her pride and joy and as long as her sons and daughters were happy Phil was contented.
A very religious woman she had a special affection for the Black Abbey church and was a regular worshipper there. Although naturally quiet and reserved by nature Phil could remember every customer’s name and regularly enquired as to the state of their respective families.
Phil had not been well for some time and passed away peacefully at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. She leaves behind two sons Dan and David (jnr.); three daughters Mary, Anne and Ber; daughters-in-law Mary and Anne; sons-in-law Larry, John and Tom; grandchildren, great granddaughter, nephews, nieces, relations and a host of friends.
She was laid to rest on Tuesday last (October 16) in St. Kieran’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass in St. Canice’s church. May the green sod lie softly on her gentle soul. – S.K.