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Rita Clohessy RIP - Obituary

posted 24 Feb 2015, 08:52 by Ed Donnelly   [ updated 1 Mar 2015, 14:11 ]
The death has taken place of Rita Clohessy on Tuesday February 24th after a long illness. 

On behalf of the Moycarkey-Borris GAA Club, we extend our deepest condolences to the Clohessy family at this sad time. 

Rita Clohessy R.I.P.

Moycarkey-Borris GAA mourn the Loss of esteemed Club Treasurer.

Moycarkey-Borris GAA, neighbours, friends, colleagues and the Tipperary GAA family made their way to Ballydavid, Littleton last week to share the grief and pain of Rita Clohessy’s family at her un-timely passing.

Rita had been ill for some time but the sudden deterioration in her condition and subsequent passing was a great shock to all of us. Ever an optimist, Rita so courageous and spirited, it was hard to believe that her final injury time had elapsed.

The contribution of Rita Clohessy to Moycarkey-Borris GAA is immense. Since 2012 she served as the Honorary Treasurer. Diligent in ensuring that bills were paid Rita was central to all the clubs fund-raising efforts. She was with the Lotto team every Monday night, organising fashion shows, collecting membership subscriptions, planning fun runs, keeping the score charts at a table quiz etc. etc. An innovator with huge commitment and energy.

Rita also served busy and successful terms as Juvenile Secretary and Senior Club Secretary. During her term as Senior Secretary the clubs second playing field was developed and lighting was installed. Rita integrated her I.T. proficiency into all her club duties but it was her natural people skills that made her unique. She had a natural empathy, courtesy and friendship with people that is in-valuable in the GAA and in life. Never seeking the limelight it was in the many low key and unseen tasks that Rita helped all of us. If you wanted help in transporting players to a game, collect jerseys, type a report or attend a meeting, Rita would never let you down. The back door of her home was always open and welcoming to everybody. Having a special affinity with players and young people through her sense of humour and fun Rita worked to involve everybody in club activities.

Rita Clohessy became synonymous with Moycarkey- Borris all over the Mid and County GAA. She enjoyed the inter club and county rivalries and competitions but made friends everywhere.

Long before serving in club officer positions the GAA played a central role in Rita’s life in the Troy and Clohessy families. She was an All Ireland Scór winning Irish dancer under the guidance of the great Paddy Cooney. During Micháel’s years in the Moycarkey jersey she shared great County Senior successes and made friends for life. As her own lads grew up Rita immersed herself in the Juvenile club and shared great days such as Ciarán’s team winning the County Minor A Hurling Title in 2003.

Rita loved the club and the club community loved her. The club was honoured to help in the organisation of her funeral under the leadership of our club Chairman Liam Hackett. The players were honoured to carry Rita’s remains from the Church to the cemetery and the esteem witnessed in the Guard of Honour and the huge attendance tells its own story.

Our sincere sympathy to Rita’s husband Micháel daughter Mairéad, sons Joseph, Eamon, Ciarán, sister Nancy, brothers Seamus and Liam Troy.

May she rest in peace.

Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís.


Guard of Honour

As a mark of respect to the late Rita Clohessy, there will be a guard of honour from the Two-Mile-Borris junction off the Thurles road tomorrow Thursday at 10:30am and also after funeral mass from Bannons to the cemetery

The Funeral Arrangements are as follows - 

The death has occurred of Rita CLOHESSY (née Troy)
Ballydavid, Littleton, Thurles, Tipperary

Rita, at home after a long illness bravely borne. Beloved wife of Michael and loving mother of Joe, Mairéad, Eamon and Ciaran. Deeply regretted by her family, sister Nancy O'Herlihy, (Ballincollig), brothers Seamus and Liam, grand-daughter Avril, daughters-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May She Rest in Peace

Reposing at her home on Wednesday, 25th February from 3pm to 8pm. Removal on Thursday morning, 26th February to St. James' Church, Two-MIle-Borris for Requiem Mass at 11.30am followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery. House private on Thursday morning please.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis"

Micheal Clohessy, Eamon Donnelly and Rita Clohessy (RIP)
pictured in March 2010 at the turning on of the New Field lights
in the Moycarkey-Borris GAA Club grounds in Littleton