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George had a great knowledge of Castlebellingham history


The late George Connolly.

The late George Connolly.

The late George Connolly.


George Connolly



George Connolly, Castlebellingham, who passed away on 6 October 2021, was a much-respected member of the community, well-known for his knowledge of local history.

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He was born on 28 October 1929 and was the last surviving member of 13 children of James and Agnes Connolly.

George attended Kilsaran N.S., then, like many others of his generation, left school at a young age to work on a local farm, before taking up employment as a postman, and on the railway.

He spent 30 happy years working with Reckitt and Colman.

George met his beloved Maura in 1960 and they married on 29 September 1965 and spent 56 wonderful years together.

George’s love for Castlebellingham shone through his knowledge of local history and his beloved O’Connell’s GFC. He was of a quiet disposition but if anyone needed information on the village George was sure to have the answer whilst never parading his knowledge of the same.

George and Maura had a love for attending the many dance halls near and far, making many great friends along the way.

While Maura loved the dancing George enjoyed the craic and he would make sure Maura caught up on all the news on the road home on many a Saturday night.

Cherished dad of Hestor and Shane, he adored his 7 grandchildren whom he has left a legacy of tales and stories told on many an occasion but must importantly the love he had for spending time with them.

His love of the GAA and the O’Connell’s was noted as the club honoured George with a guard of honour on the morning of his funeral, as did Supervalu, Ardee, which was greatly appreciated by his family.

George passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of 6 October in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.

He is survived by his devoted wife Maura, heartbroken children Hestor and Shane, grandchildren Harry, Sarah, Jenny and Rosie Quinn and Seán, Cormac and Ciarán Connolly, son-in-aw Martin Quinn, daughter-in-law Mairéad Connolly, brother-in-law Michael Bell, sister-in-law Rose Connolly, goddaughter Anne Goddard (Australia), nieces, nephews, wonderful neighbours of Beechgrove and many friends.

George’s remains were removed from his home on Friday 8 October for requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Kilsaran at 11am. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pádraig Keenan PP, Haggardstown, assisted by Fr. Fr Anselm Emechebe PP, Kilsaran.

The readings were given by Seán Connolly and Mairéad Connolly and prayers of the faithful led by Ciarán and Cormac Connolly and Jenny Quinn.

Enhancing the service was the beautiful music by organist Olivia Finnegan and singing of Róisín Crawley.

George’s Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Sunday 7 November in St. Mary’s Church, Kilsaran at 11am.

“I’ll leave it with you.”