Tribute to Ellen Hanna, Kinlough

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Tribute to Ellen Hanna, Kinlough

Ellen Hanna, née O' Sullivan, Barr Road, Kinlough

Ellen Hanna, née O' Sullivan, Barr Road, Kinlough, died peacefully, after a short illness, on the 30th July in Sligo University Hospital.

Her husband Eddie and her sister Lucy were at her bedside, along with the caring hospital staff. She was a few weeks over her 76th birthday.

Ellen belongs to a farming family of six from Barracurragh, North Wexford. She is predeceased by her brother Murt, sister Margaret Weekes and James and Margaret O' Sullivan,

A highly intelligent and talented child, Ellen was a keen knitter and writer. She also developed a talent for writing and won a prize or two in the junior section of Ireland's Own. She continued to perfect these abilities and other crafts throughout her life.

At 17, Ellen took up a job as a charge hand in Inniskeen, Co Monaghan. Five years later, Ellen moved to the Dublin Postal Services. On one occasion, Ellen was confronted by robbers but she pressed the alarm bell and the raiders fled. A talented dressmaker, Ellen also turned out many an outfit for family and friends over the years.

In 1972 Ellen met Eddie, a native of Fermanagh, in Dublin. Four years later they married and went to live in London where Ellen worked in a record shop..

After five years, they returned to Ireland, where they bought a shop in Taghmon, Co. Wexford. and then, ten years later, they moved to Bray, Co. Wicklow, where Ellen worked in the office of a dental supply company. In Bray, Ellen was known for her beautiful tapestries and her devotion to parish work .

Ellen and Eddie moved to Kinglough on their retirement in 2006. Ellen made many friends in the local ICA, writers groups, dancing and Irish language classes. She was also the family genealogist. Ellen also compiled a list of all those buried in the old graveyard in Kinlough. This record can be seen online at cemetery inscriptions kinlough.net.

Ellen's strong faith, kindness, generosity and helpfulness were just some of her outstanding qualities.

After she fell ill in June, staff at Sligo and Beaumont hosptals did everything they could but it was not to be.

Ellen is sadly missed by her loving husband Eddie, sisters Anne Doyle, Betty McCarthy, Sr Lucy O' Sullivan, Dilly O' Sullivan and extended circle of family and friends. May she rest in peace.