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24/10/2021

Young mother ‘left a huge legacy’

A VIBRANT woman who was instrumental in unearthing some of the city’s historic treasures was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday).

A VIBRANT woman who was instrumental in unearthing some of the city’s historic treasures was laid to rest yesterday (Tuesday).

Emma Devine, who was originally from Dublin met her husband, a fellow archaeologist, Cóilín Ó Drisceoil while working in Drogheda. The couple, who have a daughter Béa (3), moved to Kilkenny and founded Kilkenny Archaeology. Radiant and warm, Emma was a popular and respected member of the local community. She died last Sunday following an illness.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, daughter, parents Ken and Paula, brothers Simon and David, uncle Andrew (Honeyman), parents-in-law, Prionsias and Mary, brothers-in-law Macdara and Eoghan, grandmother-in-law Mrs Clare (Mooney), relatives and friends.

Her removal took place yesterday (Tuesday) morning from her home at Threecastles to Castilia Hall, Callan for a celebration of Emma’s life. Burial took place afterwards in Tulla cemetery, Threecastles.

Rothe House CEO Roisin McQuillan said the young mother had left “a huge legacy”.

“She was a very outgoing, confident and kind human being,” Ms McQuillan said of Emma, who was the chief archaeologist who unearthed the medieval potters’ yard at MacDonagh Junction and was honorary curator of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society for four years until February 2011.

“She was so full of life, she was a great doer. I worked with her for four years on the Museum Standards Programme of Ireland. Through Emma’s very hard work the museum achieved interim accreditation last June. It was one of the first volunteer museums to achieve the accreditation and this is a major achievement that Emma left behind and will be remembered by,” said Ms McQuillan.

Rothe House was closed yesterday until 2pm as a mark of respect to Ms Devine.

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