Over 1,000 mourners came out to pay their respects yesterday morning, appropriately under a ‘Beautiful Bundoran’ sky, to the late Josephine Kelly (nee Granaghan) who died suddenly at the weekend.
The 44-year-old mother of three, from Drumacrin Avenue in the East End was a hugely popular member of the community, as was articulated by Canon Ramon Munster P.P. in a poignant homily at Our Lady’s Star of the Sea Church.
It adequately captured the essence of a beautiful soul, who touched the hearts of so many. Canon Munster was assisted by Fr Frank McManus C.C. with the parish priest admitting, that it was one of the biggest funeral Masses that he had ever concelebrated.
He spoke of how deceased had lost her own mother, Mai, at the tender age of seven years, with her Aunt Margaret, becoming a surrogate mother to Josephine as well as being nurtured by her dad Michael and the love of an extended family.
There was her eagerness to learn at school while later rearing three children, still part of a young couple herself along with husband Paul.
Later she worked two jobs and followed her lifelong love of children by becoming one of the pioneers of preschool child care movement in the town.
She never put herself above anybody else and when recently, she spoke of hoping to pass an exam, unknown to her, she had achieved a grading of 92%.
Canon Munster said that she probably never realised just how popular she was, but this clearly had been demonstrated in recent days by the thousands that had visited the family home over recent days and attended the funeral.
Earlier members of staff from Bundoran Community Childcare accompanied the hearse as it slowly made its way through town, passing a guard of honour comprised of Bundoran Fire Brigade personnel, much associated with the Kelly family.
Later students from Magh Ene College also formed a guard of honour from the church to St. Ninnidh’s cemetery. Canon Munster again led the obsequies; this was followed by some beautiful music recorded by the children of the town.
During the Funeral Mass, a number of talented local musicians had also performed an array on haunting melodies which brought tears to the eyes, as well as a number of exquisite fiddle solos. It was a terribly sad day that will long be remembered in the resort town.