The late Catherine (Ina) Costelllo
THE PASSING of Catherine (Ina) Costello of St. Ita's, Castlecountess, Tralee on Wednesday, December 26, brought further depletion of those born in the 'Street of Champions' Rock Street, Tralee, where she first saw the light of day in number 97, adjacent to her cousins the McElligotts.
Born to parents Maurice Costello, originally from Listrim and his wife Nora (nee Buckley) from Limerick, she was educated in Balloonagh School and soon learned of the life and times of her mother's brother Patrick Buckley, who was killed in the Ballyseedy Massacre of March, 1923.
Ina, after finishing her education, went to work in Arklow Post Office, where she stayed for a number of years, before transferring to Carlow. During these frugal times she was delighted to receive the friendly parcel from home to help her along.
She then returned to her beloved Tralee, when a position arose and worked in the 'Morse Code' Office which was situated in the Railway Buildings across from Edward Street.
She was a very competent worker and was active throughout her life in many social groups.
She saw huge changes throughout her career in the technology of communications. She loved to travel throughout Europe, during her holidays and listed Italy and Austria as particular favourites countries she wished to see more of.
She was always mindful of her relations and in particular her beloved 12 nieces and nephews. She never forgot a birthday and took huge pride in their successes in life.
After her retirement, she became a founding member of Tralee Active Retirement Association (TARA) and her enthusiasm and hard work as secretary saw the success of the group reach new heights. She remained very active in the group's activities until her latter years.
She is survived by her sister Mary, Tralee, brothers Patrick (Templemore) and Donal, Cork and her late brother Maurice's family in California, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, sisters-in-law Mary and Maria, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
She was reposed on Friday at The Gleasure Funeral Home with removal to St. John's Church. Requiem Mass on Saturday, with interment after in Rath Cemetery.