Late Catherine O’Shea was a hugely popular ‘Mayor of Fethard’ in 1987

The death occurred on Wednesday, September 5, of Miss Catherine O’Shea, Main Street, Fethard, only daughter of the late Jack and Rita O’Shea.

The death occurred on Wednesday, September 5, of Miss Catherine O’Shea, Main Street, Fethard, only daughter of the late Jack and Rita O’Shea.

Catherine, a former ‘postman’, spent many years based in Thurles before returning back to work in her native Fethard.

Catherine will always be remembered by her everlasting smile, welcoming face, and her time for chat with anyone she happened to meet.

One of the highlights of her short life was taking part in the Fethard Festival ‘Mayor of Fethard’ fundraiser in aid of the Abymill Theatre Project in 1987.

Catherine, always game for a laugh, decided to enter the competition following a suggestion by Rita and Timmy O’Connor while chatting on Main Street. Being a late entry and the only woman running against four male candidates, Catherine had to organise her campaign and supporters without haste.

This she did and romped home winner at the presentation function held in the Ballroom at Fethard Festival July 1987.

Catherine loved her honorary roll as ‘Mayor of Fethard’ and was a very popular guest at various community functions held throughout the following year, culminating with cutting the tape at the official opening of the Abymill Theatre on May 26, 1988.

In recent years, Catherine had to contend with a serious illness and in all that time her spirit never changed. She was always a pleasure to meet, she never complained, and kept continuously busy studying or researching new courses to study. Catherine was a regular visitor to Fethard Internet Café where she explored new developments and kept up to date with current fashion trends.

Catherine will be sadly missed and never forgotten by all who were lucky enough to have met her. Our sympathy is extended to her brothers Pat, Martin, Gerry, John, her extended family, relatives and friends. Interment took place in Calvary Cemetery.