Wednesday 17 July 2019

Pearse Square loses another popular business owner


They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same spot. Well, if it is true, then the next best thing to it happened just over a week ago when death robbed Fermoy of another well known and long established business person from Pearse Square. Mrs Hannah Spillane, Richmond Hill and Pearse Square, died peacefully in the care of the Matron and staff of Conna Nursing Home. Her death followed only days after Spillane's Butcher's business neighbour, the late Mr Joe Murphy RIP, passed away.

The late Mrs Spillane (98), who was a native of Knocknagree on the county bounds between Cork and Kerry, came to work in Fermoy many years ago. It was here that she met and married her husband, James (Jimmy) Spillane, in 1947 and together they carried on the Spillane family business in their premises in Pearse Square where currently it is a thriving business under the leadership of son Michael and grandson James. It can be truly said that theirs is one of the oldest and longest established business in the town.

When Hannah and the family lost her husband, James, many years ago it was she who, with the help of her family, kept the business intact and the fact that it is so successful still today is testament to her work ethic and her family leadership qualities, these qualities which were always so evident even in the later years of her life, so the family will testify.

A very quiet and private person, the late Mrs Spillane always had a great interest in life. She loved cooking and house work etc but she always enjoyed a trip to Garryvoe or Ballycotton on a Sunday afternoon.

She always maintained a great interest in the welfare of each member of her family, and in their offsprings; it is interesting to note that one of her grandson's sons is the celebrated former Cork hurler Ronan Curran,

The large numbers attending her removal on Tuesday evening and again at her Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning, was evidence of the huge respect in which her family is held in the town and district,

She will always be lovingly remembered by her sons Morgan and Michael, daughters Marie (Verma), Joan (Curran) and Agnes (Kelleher), grandchildren, great grand-children, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces, relatives, relatives, neighbours and friends. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Patrick's Church and her funeral took place immediately afterwards to Kilcrumper New Cemetery,

May she rest in peace.


Many members of older Fermoy were genuinely saddened at the news of the death of yet another of Fermoy's older generation, the late M/s Mary Hurley, late of Kent St, Fermoy who died very recently in the exceptional care of the matron and staff of Mount Alvernia Hospital, Mallow.

The late Mary was the only daughter of the late John and Bridget Hurley (nee Walsh). In her younger days Mary was a well known person in the life of the town, always very lively and in good form. In fact, a reliable source informed me that Mary was usually the life and soul of any group she was involved with.

She was very much involved with various groups and clubs, and she took part in several shows and amateur dramatics etc. Old photographs show that she took part in camogie, amongst other events; one of the last sports she tried her hand at was at pitch and putt, and many of the older members will recall those days.

She worked for many years at the bookmakers premises of Fermoy man Barry Abernethy in Kent St.

When her illness got too much for her some years ago, Mary was confined to hospital in Mount Alvernia where she remained until her recent death.

She will be sadly remembered by her cousins and relatives in Fermoy as well as by her friends and all who knew her. Her Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Patrick's Church in Fermoy and her funeral took place to Kilcrumper New Cemetery.

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