Husband and wife died within 19 days of each other
THE deaths of husband and wife, Brendan and Kitty Matthews, Fern Hill, Rock Road, Blackrock, Dundalk, within a space of 19 days in June has left their families heartbroken and evoked widespread sympathy.
Brendan who was aged 79 and a native of Stabannon died in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, on June 9th after a relatively short illness, while his wife, Kitty (née McBride), who was a native of Killanny, died suddenly in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital on June 28.
Married in 1957, the couple who were devoted to each other and had a family of nine, seven boys, shared many interests, including horse racing, attending festival meetings throughout the country.
Brendan who was the last surviving member of a family of seven of Mary and Patrick Matthews, the family home in Stabannon being located next to the Church.
Having been educated locally, Brendan took over a bar in Kilsaran known as 'The Crowing Cock Inn' in 1958 and until he sold the business in 1974 he built up the venue as one of the primary hostelries on the old Dublin-Belfast route.
Through the hard work of Brendan and his wife, Kitty, and Brendan's business acumen they made the Kilsaran venue into a restaurant of repute, that became a favourite with many. In addition through a number of extensions to the original building, Brendan developed 'The Crowing Cock Inn' as a popular venue during the boom years for musical entertainment in lounge bars.
Having sold the premises in 1974, Brendan and his family moved to Blackrock, and he opened his own aunctioneering business from premises in Francis Street. There he quickly built up a solid reputation in the business and was able to indulge his interest in antiques and paintings, becoming a regular attender at auctions.
Brendan and Kitty are survived by their sons Brendan (Dundalk), Kieran (Belfast), Vincent (England), Aidan (England), Anthony (Knockbridge), Gordon (Blackrock), and Donal (Blackrock), daughters Catherine McKeever (Blackrock), and Marie (Carlingford), 12 grandchildren, relatives and friends.
Brendan was predeceased by his brothers Pat, Vincent, James, Jack and Gerry and sisters Bridie and Rose.
Kitty is also survived by her brother Enda (Leitrim), sisters Betty Traynor (Old Golf Links Road, Blackrock) and Rosaleen Mackey (Bailieboro). She was predeceased by her brother Michael.
Brendan's remains reposed at Shevlins Funeral Home, Barrack Street, before being taken to St Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock, for Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Brian White, who gave the eulogy.
Kitty's remains also reposed at Shevlins Funeral Home before being taken to St Oliver Plunkett Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr White.
Both Brendan and Kitty were buried in Haggardstown cemetery.
Brendan's Month's Mind Mass was held on Sunday last and Kitty's will be held on Sunday, August 3, at midday in St Oliver Plunkett Church.