A WONDERFUL mother and wife, who was for many years, the first point of contact for many people when they visited their local doctor in Castlecomer has sadly passed away.
Catherine Dowling (nee Connery) of Croghtenclogh, Bilboa and late of Donaguile, Castlecomer had a kindness to her that gave patients confidence and made their visit to their GP that bit easier.
The 42-year-old passed away at Waterford Regional Hospital on Friday surrounded by her heartbroken family. The mother of two, battled illness with great fortitude and dignity for the past 18 months. For over 20 years she was secretary, initially to Dr. Paddy McEneaney and then to Dr. Tom Lynch in Castlecomer. She was the point of contact for hundreds of patients across North East Kilkenny whom she treated with the utmost discretion and professionalism.
She was laid to rest in Coon Cemetery on Monday after Requiem Mass celebrated in St. Brigid’s Church.
She is survived by her heartbroken husband John; daughters Alison and Orla; mother Catherine; brothers Eamon and Michael; sister Martina; other relatives, neighbours and a host of friends. A number of events in the community were called off as a mark of respect to her, including a Gaelic Football4mothers GAA blitz in Castlecomer on Sunday.