The late Mary (Pom) Landers
MARY ( POM) Landers (nee O'Sullivan), late of 175 St Brendan's Park, Tralee, passed away peacefully at Kerry General Hospital, on Friday, September 28, at the grand age of 93, following a short illness.
Pom (as she preferred to be called) was an old childhood nickname that stayed with her throughout her long life. She was born on January 12, 1919 at the Lock Gates, Blennerville, where her father, William (Bill) O'Sullivan was the lockkeeper. Her mother was Violet Agnes O'Sullivan (nee Griffin).
Pom enjoyed a very happy childhood and remembered the Ship's Masters who always gave her father sweets or other little gifts for her as their vessels sailed through the locks and under the Blennerville drawbridge.
She also recounted that during the War of Independence and subsequent Civil War she and her siblings were often made lie on the floor of their kitchen as bullets ricocheted off the internal walls of the house. Her two siblings Pierse and Peg Fealy pre-deceased her.
She married the love of her life Anthony (Tony) Landers on September 3, 1936. Their happy union came to an end with Tony's untimely death on December 13, 1966. Their marriage was blessed with five children - Eugene, Gerald, Violet, Mary and Anne. Eugene died in infancy and her daughter Ann Woods pre-deceased her in 2010.
She had been an active member of Club Ide in St Brendan's Parish. She loved Our Lady and St Brendan's Church and was a daily mass goer and communicant, until very recently.
Pom had a very close circle of friends, whom she valued and loved. They, through their membership of Club Ide enjoyed regular outings and weekends away. Cobh, with its sea-faring tradition, was one of her favourite destinations. She maintained that she had salt water in her blood, as her granduncle was the master/ owner of a sailing ship that plied between Scotland and Ireland and her uncle Joe was the captain of a Royal Navy destroyer in WWII.
Pom is survived by her son Gerald, daughters Violet O'Driscoll and Mary Doolan, her 15 grandchildren, 14 greatgrandchildren, four greatgreat grandchildren, daughter-in-law, sons-inlaw, nephew and niece.
Pom is also survived by her only close relative of her generation, Dominic O'Sullivan, her first cousin, with whom she was very close.
Her passing signals the loss of an era of gentility, local history, tradition, family honour, respect for humanity and love of the church and of family. But the memories will live on.
Ni bheidh a leitheid le feiceail anseo riamh aris.
Ar dheis lamh De go raibh a anam uasal.