A woman of great religious faith and deep love of family

Published 12/12/2012 | 12:20

The late Eileen Kerins 1928-2012 THE unexpected death of Eileen Kerins (Nee Brosnan) of Gerah, Farranfore, on Friday, November 9, came with great sadness for all her family, close friends and neighbours.

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Aged 83, Eileen was born in 1928, to Daniel and Hannah Brosnan. She was known to friends and neighbours as Eily. She was one of two daughters, and after she completed her education took up farming as her occupation.

She married Neilus (Con) Kerins in 1959. They resided in Gerah, Farranfore and her home was always welcoming to her many visitors over the years. Eileen and Neilus raised a family of six children, three daughters and three sons - Noreen, Hannah, Carmel, Connie, Danny and Martin.

As Eileen and Neilus both came from farming backgrounds, they continued to farm in Gerah and Bushmount. She had great skills in farming and animal husbandry. She had a huge interest in gardening and took particular pride in her colourful roses. She was well known as a good neighbour and friend.

Her husband Neilus passed away in 1994 after a long illness and through which Eileen cared for him. Her eldest son, Connie, passed away after a long illness in 2007. She was devastated with these losses, but her strong conviction and religious faith brought her through this very difficult time. She lived by the motto of "welcome be the will of God".

She loved meeting people, and always knew what was going on. She was a very keen follower of Kerry GAA. She was a person who people confided in, knowing that she was always discrete and was well able to give appropriate guidance. She loved fun, and was always ready for a laugh and will be remembered for her wit, wisdom, humanity, kindness and generosity of spirit.

Eileen will be sorely missed by her loving children, daughters-in-law and sons-in-law, her 15 grandchildren whom she adored, her nieces and nephews, many friends and neighbours.

Eileen's family would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to all those who helped make her life as comfortable and as full of companionship and warmth as possible over recent years. There are too many people to mention by name, but she would not have wanted to miss any of them.

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