Sr. Conleth Donohue R.I.P.
Sr. Conleth Donohue was born in Carrigslaney, Ballon, Co Carlow on 28th December 1924. She was christened Catherine Winifred. Her parents were Margaret (O’Kelly) and Patrick Donohue.
Having completed her education at St Leo’s Secondary School, Carlow, Conleth entered St. John of God Novitiate, Wexford on 6th January 1944. She made her First Profession on 25th November 1946 and her Final Profession on 25th November 1949 .
On completion of her Nurse Training in Mercy Hospital, Cork, Conleth ministered in many of our hospitals including Aut Even, Kilkenny; St John’s, Enniscorthy; Edenderry District Hospital and Naas County Hospital where she spent almost twenty years. In 1985 she transferred to Castlecomer District Hospital where she remained until 1989. She was then appointed to the Irish College, Rome. Conleth retired to St. John of God House, Kilkenny, in 2000 where she continued to play an active role and helped in the Altar Bread Department. Due to failing health she moved to St John of God Convent in 2007.
Conleth showed a loving concern for all those to whom she ministered. She was blessed with an outgoing personality, a great sense of humour and ready wit. Fr. Liam Taylor in his homily expressed this very well saying ‘l remember in particular her lovely smile, she always gave me the impression, whenever I met her, that she was coming from hearing a good joke or was about to tell one”!
Conleth loved to travel and her annual holiday was a coach tour of Ireland accompanied by her great friend Gertie Sheehan. Over the years they visited all the scenic spots of Ireland. She enjoyed visits from her nieces, nephew and extended family. She showed a great interest in life up to the end.
Ill health finally took its toll but Conleth was always gentle, patient and very grateful for the many kindnesses shown her by her Sisters and carers in the Convent. She died peacefully on 4th December, 2012. Following concelebrated Requiem Mass at St. Patrick’s Church she was laid to rest in Foulkstown Cemetery.
May her gentle soul rest in peace.