THERE was real sadness in Killarney this Wednesday when news filtered through of the passing of Vera Clifton whose warm welcome, friendly manner and smiling face will be fondly remembered by a whole generation of visitors to Ross Castle.
Vera, her late husband Harry and their family lived in the shadow of the famous tourist landmark and not a day passed by without them mingling with visitors, from all parts of the world, offering directions, top tips on how best to enjoy the national park and other local nuggets of information.
A gentle, gracious and generous lady, Vera operated the small tuck shop to the side of the castle and it was a very busy spot in the summer months with visitors stocking up on ice creams and other goodies.
Née Lyne and formerly of Madam’s Hill, Vera was predeceased on August 3 last by her beloved husband Harry.
She is survived by daughters Mary, Veronica, Denise and Florence, sons John and Harold, sons-in-law Dion, John-Joe, John and Derick, daughter-in-law Rita, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Predeceased by her brothers Sonny and Josie, she is further survived by her brothers and sisters Mary, Florence, Ellen, Margaret, Declan and John, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Reposing at her family home on Thursday afternoon for family and close friends, the funeral cortége will depart at 9.20am on Friday to arrive at St Mary’s Cathedral for 9.55am.
Requiem Mass at 10.30am, which will be live streamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/killarneycathedral, will be followed by burial in Aghadoe Cemetery.
Family flowers only, with donations in lieu, if desired, to be made to Palliative Care, University Hospital Kerry.