THE passing this week of Kathleen Delaney, late of Ferndale Avenue, caused a great air of sadness in Killarney, not least amongst her former work colleagues in Killarney Hotels Ltd where she is remembered with great affection.
Kathleen, who passed away on Tuesday in the care of the matron and staff of St Columbanus Home, where she resided for a number of years, was born and reared in Cahir, Co Tipperary. It was no real surprise then, given her roots, that she was a passionate hurling supporter and a big fan of the blue and gold.
She spent many years living and working in New York, where she has relatives, but the lure of home was always there and she eventually returned to Ireland.
Kathleen joined Killarney Hotels Ltd – owners of the Europe Hotel and Resort, The Dunloe and Ard na Sidhe Country House – in the late 1960s and held positions in the accounts department with the company until her retirement in 2008.
She lived in a bungalow on the grounds of the Europe Hotel, overlooking the beautiful Lough Lein, for many years until her retirement and she then set up home in Ferndale Avenue in Woodlawn.
Kathleen was well known in the community for her prowess as a bridge player and always looked forward to her nights out in the Lake Hotel and other venues where the game was played.
She was held in very high esteem by the owners of Killarney Hotels Ltd, the Liebherr family, as well as management and staff having spent over 40 years with the company.
Kathleen was well-known for her style and elegance and renowned for her regular shopping excursions to McBees and her weekly visit to her personal hair stylist, Pat O’Neill.
Kathleen’s Requiem Mass will be held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney this Friday morning at 10.30am and while it will be a private ceremony, in accordance with government guidelines, it will be live streamed on the Killarney Parish webcam.
She will be laid to rest in her native Cahir, in the family plot beside her parents.
Kathleen, sister of the late Brendan, Bridget and Thomas, is survived by her family and friends, sister-in-law Anne and her nieces and nephews, Patrick, Kathleen, Theresa, Maureen, Tommy, Tim, Enda, Orla and Barry.
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