Friday 14 December 2018

Sadness at passing of devoted mother and grandmother Nellie (81)

The late Nellie Kinsella
The late Nellie Kinsella

The local community was deeply saddened to learn of the recent passing of Nellie Kinsella of Madeira Grove, The Moyne, Enniscorthy recently. Nellie passed away on February 6, surrounded by her family and in the loving care of the staff at Gorey District Hospital.

Nellie was originally born in Ballinacoola, Ballindaggin. She was born in 1936 to parents John and Ellen and enjoyed many happy days at the family home where she was reared alongside her brothers Peter (deceased), Sean, Joe and Martin (deceased) and her sisters Maisie, Minnie, Maggie (deceased) and Norah May. Eventually, Nellie went to work in McCarthy's Restaurant in Rafter Street where she soon made great friends.

Having met her beloved husband Jim, the happy couple tied the knot in 1967 before setting up their family home in Clonhaston in 1971. They were blessed with three loving children in son Laurence and daughters Marie and Rose and Nellie was a loving mother to all of them. Later she took great joy in the arrival of her four grandchildren Victoria, Brendan, Emily and Róisín and they served as a real light in her life. In 2004, Nellie and Jim moved to Madeira Grove where they made more happy memories together.

A woman of great faith, Nellie was a regular Mass goer and could always be seen heading in to Saturday evening Mass in the Cathedral. It was fitting that a location that was so close to Nellie's heart was to host her funeral mass and Fr Billy Swan was joined by Fr Jim Fegan from Ballindaggin for the ceremony. During the Mass, momentos to signify Nellie's life were brought before the altar by her grandchildren Victoria and Brendan. Flowers represented her green-fingered nature and her love of working in the garden. A CD represented her love of music and dancing and a family photograph represented the most important thing in her life - family.

Nellie and Jim enjoyed some wonderful times together and travelled all over the county to attend various dances. They also enjoyed the odd trip to Croke Park when Wexford made it that far. Nellie loved to see the world and, with her beloved Jim by her side, she took in all the sights in places such as Chicago, Germany and Rome. The pair celebrated their 51st Wedding Anniversary just a week before her passing.

Following a moving funeral Mass, Nellie was laid to rest in Enniscorthy Cemetery. She is sadly missed by her husband Jim, children Laurence, Marie and Rose, beloved grandchildren Victoria, Brendan, Emily and Róisín, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, extended family and friends.

Enniscorthy Guardian