THE Village community is mourning the death of one of the areas most loved residents, Mary Costelloe from Wallslough.
Mary who was married to Michael Costelloe, worked as a carer for ten years. She's fondly remembered by all in the carers' community both for the care that she provided and the huge efforts that she put into fund raising for the carers' association.
The Resource Centre Manager with the carer's association described Mary Costelloe as a great person and a great worker. He said that the people she cared for couldn't speak highly enough of her. "She took people on as if they were members of her own family" he said.
Ms Costelloe went into people's houses and took over the duties of a family carer so as to provide a break for the family who were caring for the patient. She was frequently the only contact that a patient would have with the outside world bring in news and conversation from the community.
Mr Grogan said that patients really looked forward to her visits and that a huge number of the families and patients that she had cared for had called to pass on their condolences to the family.
Mrs Costelloe wasn't only a great carer but she was also a great fund raiser. She took part in the carers' flag day in Loughbouy and manned the carers church gate collection at St Fiachre's. The carers mini marathon ran past the Costelloe's home and each year with out fail Ms Costelloe manned a water table providing encouragement and refreshment for the runners.
Father Dan Carroll praised Ms Costelloe's faith and her commitment to her family. Fr Carroll said that although Ms Costelloe had lost a child, Liam, thirty-three years ago her faith had never wavered and that she spoke of Liam just as much as her other five children.
Ms Costelloe's husband is also a well known fund raiser. Michael Costelloe was crowned King of the Castle two years ago after he raised over 60,000 euro for charity. Mr Costelloe was one of the first liver transplant patients in Ireland He has raised hundreds of thousands of euro for needy causes and hospitals over the last 30 years. He is a proud Village man and helps out weekly in the church and cemetery in Foulkstown. St Patrick's Parish Centre will benefit from Michael's efforts.
Ms Costelloe will be remembered by her husband and five children.