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Friday 18 April 2014

A woman who brought love and warmth to those around her

The late Catherine (Kay) Cooper

1921-2013

THE DEATH has occurred of Catherine (Kay) Cooper (nee Kavanagh) of Blennerville, Tralee and formerly of Ballydavid, Dingle.

Catherine was born in Baile Na nGall, Ballydavid, Dingle, Daingean Ui Cuis, Catherine Kavanagh, (Ni Caomhanach) on January 22, 1921. She was a native Irish speaker and her family included John (USA), Paddy (Garda, Tralee), Maura (USA and Mayo), Breda (USA and Dublin), Dan and Nora, Baile Na nGall, sadly now all deceased. Cait was educated in Dingle and later qualified as a State Registered Nurse in Coventry and worked in Navan, Co Meath and Tralee St Catherine's Hospital for some 35 years.

She married Desmond (Des) Cooper in 1953 in St John's Parish Church. The Coopers lived in Blennerville from 1905 to 2005, Arthur Cooper was a dentist based in Denny Street. After his death, Des ran a Dental Laboratory and later moved to Castle Street, where Kay's youngest son, Tom now operates from.

As a nurse she was very much involved in her local community providing help and support to her neighbours and friends over many many years. Cait was also the Postmistress operating and managing the local Blennerville Post Office for 30 years.

As well as being the local Postmistress and Nurse (working night Duty) she and Des had five children, Brian (Dublin) Joe, Catherine (Limerick) Dell and Tom.

Cait was very proud of her family and put all her energy and strength into raising her five children. She also loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She brought love, warmth, and life into the lives of her family, wider family and many friends.

Her love of reading (her first cousin was the late John Moriarty, writer, poet and philosopher) and sport, especially horse racing, with her son Tom having had the wonderful success of winning the Cheltenham bumper in 2004 and the Prestigious Independent Arkle Trophy in 2009.

Her brother Paddy was the well known Tralee-based Garda, fluent Irish speaker, writer and contributor to Raidio Na Gaeltachta.

Fr Francis of St John's Parish summarised Kay's life in his homily as being much fulfilled and that she was a woman of immense faith with a very strong dedication to the Divine Mercy.

The family would like to thank Fr. Francis, the Bon Secours Hospital, Kerry General Hospital, the HSE for the provision of the District Nursing, home help care, Doctor's Buckley, Hilde and O'Brien, her neighbours in Ashgrove and Blennerville, the many visitors of neighbours relatives and friends, the matron, sisters, nursing and caring staff of Fatima Nursing Home where Catherine resided for the past 13 months.

The removal of Kay's remains took place from the Gleasure Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 5 to St John's Church, Tralee. Requiem Mass was celebrated at 12 noon on Wednesday with interment afterwards in Rath Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

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