Mitchelstown mourns Patricia Casey

It is with sadness though at the same time, happily recalling the many contacts we had with a special ‘unique’ and colourful lady, that we record the passing on Tuesday, June 18 of retired NT, Patricia Casey (nee Doran) of No 20, Upper Cork Street, Mitchelstown.

A devoted and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, colleague and friend, Patricia spent some 44 years teaching, committed to giving her pupils the very best primary education, whether in Kilbehenny NS or in her ‘home’ school of Mitchelstown CBS Primary, where she taught diligently for many years.

There she introduced the boys to many new experiences in the 3 ‘R’s and more, as well as many extracurricular activities, with their best interest and their futures paramount at all times. 

Patricia Casey featured prominently and colourfully in The Avondhu over the years, most notably with her legendary summer schools, when with husband and fellow teacher Declan, teaching colleagues and friends, there was much merriment, learning and activities for all.

Annually, these camps were a must for generations of boys and girls from Mitchelstown and beyond. The wonderful memories live on and were the topic of many a conversation, as her passing was mourned during the past week. 

In her 80+ years on this planet, Patricia Casey made a difference in so many ways, professionally, publicly and privately in Mitchelstown and beyond. The legendary ‘Mrs Casey’s Summer Schools amongst them! The late Patricia is pictured with other organisers at the 1989 event in Mitchelstown, l-r: Claire Crowley, Anne Crowley, Michael Dennehy, Kayren Hayes, Claire Hayes, Patricia Casey, Mary O’Callaghan, Sinead Casey, Declan Casey and Blaithin Casey. May she rest in peace. (The Avondhu Archives)

In addition to her dedication to the teaching profession and embracing the importance of a good primary education, Patricia was a fully committed member of the community, lending support and encouragement to so many local groups and organisations, especially to St Vincent de Paul.

She was also co-ordinator for many years of the annual Marymount Hospice Sunflower collections in the locality.

When called upon, Patricia was always positive in her response and Mitchelstown, its people and especially the students she helped mould so well, were close to her heart and of particular interest. 

While we will greatly miss Patricia’s presence in the town she graced so well, we acknowledge her positive and unique contribution to her beloved community. Patricia will be fondly remembered by all that made her acquaintance in a life well lived.

Following requiem Mass on Friday last in Mitchelstown parish church where she practiced her Catholic faith so diligently, Patricia was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

CBS Primary boys and teachers formed a guard of honour to say a fond farewell and thanks for the dedicated service to generations of boys in the school, as her mortal remains left the church for the final time. 

Patricia is survived by her devoted life partner and husband Declan, children Declan, Blaithín (Bell), Sinead (Cahill) and Nevan, sisters Teresa and Sheila, brother Fr John, sons-in-law David and Peter, daughter-in-law Mairead, grandchildren Declan, Aoibhe, Roisin and Tim, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends, to whom we extend sincere sympathy. 

Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.