THE death has occurred in Killarney of Lady Elizabeth O’Connell, of Lakeview House in Fossa, whose family line includes Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator.
A member of the MacCarthy-O’Leary family of Millstreet, Co Cork, in earlier life she joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment, a team of civilians providing nursing care for military personnel during World War II, just as her own mother had done in World War I, and she worked as an auxiliary nurse in various military hospitals in Kent and Oxford.
Lady O’Connell was a member and former chairperson of the Trustees of Muckross House. She also spearheaded the important ‘sponsor a slate’ fundraiser that helped fund the building and maintenance of the Prince of Peace Church, close to her home in Fossa.
Her late husband, Sir Morgan O’Connell, who died in 1989, at the age of 66, was the 6th Baronet O’Connell of Lakeview, Killarney and Ballybeggan, Tralee. He was educated at Abbey School, Inverness, Scotland and he fought in World War II with the Royal Signals.
Lady O’Connell, who passed away at her home on Thursday, is survived by her children, Frances, Sue, Maurice, John, Katie and Claire, her grandchildren and extended family.
Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Monday from 6.00pm, removal will take place at 8.00pm to Prince of Peace Church, Fossa with Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11.00am.