The community of Crossabeg was united in grief recently following the death of Philomena Sinnott of Garrywilliam House.
Philomena died peacefully on Sunday September 4 surrounded by her loving family.
She was the youngest of five siblings and grew up happily in Ballyvore in Screen. She attended Loreto Secondary School as a boarder. It was during World War II and times were very hard but during that period as a student there, she made true friends that became life-long friends and they always maintained close contact.
Philomena met her life partner Michael Sinnott at the tender age of 17 and got married at 20 years of age. She moved to Garrywilliam as a young lass and immersed herself in all that was going on, bringing five sheep with her, which over time grew to a sizeable flock. She loved the outdoors and milked the cows single-handedly for many years.
Philomena and Michael were a great couple and enjoyed life together. Being the wife of a busy County Councillor added to her workload but she enjoyed every minute of it. She was a very caring person and welcomed all that visited Garrywilliam and those who called during Michael's busy political career enjoyed her generous hospitality.
In 1995, the family was struck with tragedy when Michael died suddenly in an accident, Philomena was a widow at 59 years of age. Her dear brother-in-law, Fr Harry Sinnott, was a tower of strength and support to her and her family always and in particular at this terrible time. Happenings such as these can make a person question their faith but not for Philomena. Her faith helped her through. She attended Mass and visited the graveyard every day until she stopped driving about six years ago. Then her good friends stepped in and brought her to Church for morning mass.
The Church was an integral part of her life. Philomena loved Crossabeg Church and was very involved. She was the Church Organist for many years and while this was a huge commitment, she thoroughly enjoyed it. In 2011, Philomena was honoured by a Pope Benedict 16th and was presented with the Benemerente Medal in recognition of her service to the Church. This was a very proud day for her family.
Philomena had a great love of music and was a very talented musician and played up to a very short time ago. She enjoyed many musical shows in Dublin and in Wexford. Every year she attended and really enjoyed the Light Opera Shows. Philomena loved to travel and in her later life enjoyed many trips abroad. She was also a keen photographer and the many albums at her home reflect her talent.
Philomena is survived by her six heartbroken children Dolores, Eileen, Phyllis, Bridin, John Joe and Michele. She was predeceased by her sister Marie and her brother Eddie and will be greatly missed by her remaining sisters Agnes and Breda. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt and showed her family so much love especially her six children, 13 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Philomena reposed at her home in Garrywilliam. Her remains were removed on Tuesday September 6 to Crossabeg Church and her burial took place on Wednesday following her Requiem Mass.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.