6 NEWS TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 Music world’s tributes to the late Declan O’Farrell The people of Mullingar and Westmeath, and particularly those from the musical world in the town and wider area were shocked to learn of the sudden death on Thursday, 8 February, of Declan O’Farrell, Green Road, one of the town’s most talented and popular musicians, and personalities. He was just 59 years old. Although he had battled courageously in the past decade and a half against serious illnesses in the past fifteen years, including cancer twice and also underwent serious heart VALERIE MURTAGH Riverdale, Raharney. Died on Sunday, 4 February at her residence. Predeceased by her parents Mick and Mary. Deeply regretted by her loving family, sisters Eilish, Teresa, Angela, brothers JJ and Tony, Uncle Jack, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, her good friend Ann Maher, cousins, and extended family. Reposed at her residence on Tuesday, 6 February before removal to St Brigid’s Church, Raharney. Funeral Mass took place on Wednesday, 7 February followed by burial in Rathwire Cemetery. TISH KEANE Farra, Bunbrosna. Died peacefully on Monday, 5 February at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Beloved daughter of the late James and Delia (Missie) and sister of the late Dennis and his late wife Mary (née Dolan). Tish will be sadly missed WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! TOPIC 044 9348868 Declan O’Farrell was a great musician. by her nieces Maria and Denise, nephews Neil, Alan, and David; cousins, good neighbours, and friends. Reposed at Gilsenan’s Funeral Home on Friday, 9 February before removal to St Patrick’s Church, Leney. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday, 10 February followed by burial in Rathaspic Cemetery. JOHN (JACK) FLYNN Adamstown, Castletown- Geoghegan. Died peacefully on Wednesday, 7 February in the company of his family. Sadly missed by his sons and daughters, Marie, Cabrini, Michael, Kieran, Loretto, and Emer; grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister Anita (Browne), nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours, and friends. Reposed at Newbrook Nursing Home on Friday, 9 February before removal to St Michael’s Church, Castletown-Geoghegan. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday morning, 10 February followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. THOMAS (TOMMY) McCANN Robinstown, Delvin. Died on Wednesday, 7 February. Predeceased by his parents Patrick and Annie. Tommy will be sadly missed by his uncle Jimmy, cousins, extended family, neighbours, and his many friends. Reposed at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mortuary, Mullingar, on Saturday morning, 10 February before removal to the Church of the Assumption, Delvin. Funeral Mass took place on Saturday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. DECLAN O’FARRELL Green Rd and late of Lynn Avenue, Mullingar. Died on Thursday, 8 February. Beloved son of the late Padraic and Maureen. Dear father of Naomi, Barry, and Jessica. Declan will be very sadly missed by his loving family, sisters DEATH NOTICES Niamh and Aisling, brother Noel, Aunt Carmel, sister-in-law, brothers-inlaw, niece, nephews, family circle, and his many friends. Reposed at Gilsenan’s Funeral Home on Saturday, 10 February before removal to the Cathedral of Christ the King. Funeral Mass took place on Sunday, 11 February followed by private cremation on Monday, 12 February. PATRICK CULLEN Cloncullen, Ballymore. Died peacefully on Friday, 9 February in the loving care of the nurses and doctors in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar Sadly missed by his friends and neighbours. Reposed in Rooney’s Funeral Home, Ballymore before removal to the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballymore, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late Barbara Mills The death occurred of Barbara Mills (née Synnott) of Johnstown, Slanemore, Mullingar, Westmeath. Barbara died suddenly on Friday, 2nd February, 2018 at her home. Barbara will be very sadly missed by her husband Eric, children Linda (Williams), Nigel and Simon, her sisters May and Georgina, brothers Tee and John, son-in-law Kim, grandchildren Ryan and Sam, extended family and friends. Funeral Service for Barbara took place on Wednesday, 7th February, in St. Bigseach’s Church, Kilbixy, Ballynacarrgy, followed by burial in Killafree Cemetery, Castlepollard. Peace perfect peace. The late Maureen Roche The death occurred of Maureen Roche (née Loane) of Killare, Ballinea, Mullingar, Westmeath. Maureen died peacefully, on Friday, 9th February, in The late Declan O’Farrell. the care of her loving family. Maureen was predeceased by her husband Andrew and will be sadly missed by her son, Andrew, daughters, Catherine and Irene (Mulligan), son-inlaw, daughter-in-law, brother, sisters and extended family. Maureen’s remains reposed at her daughter Irene’s residence in Killare on Saturday 10th February and Sunday 11th February until removal on Monday 12 February to The Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballymore where her Funeral Mass was offered with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. May she Rest In Peace. The late Joe Reilly The death occurred of Joe Reilly from Woodlands, Mullingar, Westmeath. Joe died suddenly on Thursday, February 8, at the Midland Regional Hospital. Joe was the dearly The late Joe Reilly. beloved son of Martha and the late Francis and loving father of Daryl and cherished brother of Stephanie (Stenson), Sean, Frank, Douglas and Stephen. Joe will be very sadly missed by his heartbroken family; sisters-in-law, brother-inlaw, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues at Value Centre, Mullingar. Joe’s remains reposed at Gilsenan’s Funeral Home on Sunday followed by removal to the Cathedral of Christ the King where his Funeral Mass was offered on Monday morning, followed by burial in Ballyglass Cemetery. May Joe Rest in Peace The late Morgan McNamara The death occurred of Morgan McNamara of Piercestown, Wexford and Nenagh, Tipperary and formerly of Kilbeggan, Westmeath. Morgan died peacefully at his home, on Friday 9th February 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Morgan was the dearly beloved husband of Virginia, beloved father of Ann, Noreen, Helen, Clare, Valerie and Nicola and brother of June, Sr. Clare, Frances and the late George. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, daughters, sisters, cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sonsin-law, partners, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. Morgan’s remains reposed at his residence on Sunday, 11th February prior to Requiem Mass on Monday 12 February in St. Martin’s Church, Piercestown with burial afterwards in Piercestown Cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. The late Monica Dalton The death has occurred of Monica Dalton (née Glynn and formerly Smyth) from Curraghmore, Mullingar, Westmeath. Monica died on Friday, February 9th 2018, after a short illness, and surrounded by her loving family. Monica was the beloved wife of the late John and predeceased by her husband Liam Smyth. Monica will be deeply missed by her loving daughter Bridie (Smyth), son-in-law Paddy Monaghan, her adored grandchildren Darragh, Caoimhe and Padraig, nephews, nieces especially Marie, brother-in-law Oliver, sister-in-law Mary, relatives, her many friends and kind neighbours. Monica’s remains reposed at her daughter’s surgery, Declan came through all these battles, and was an inspiration to others, and his death at his home last week, came as a huge shock to all who knew him. One of the most unusual features of the obsequies was on Saturday evening, when following the reposing at Gilsenan’s Funeral Home, a group of his musician friends paid a musical tribute to the deceased in the funeral home. Declan O’Farrell, and his brother Noel, were very notable musicians and singers from Mullingar in past decades and played a notable role in the showband and showbiz scene, with Declan’s talent as a pianist and keyboard player as well as a musical The late Monica Dalton. house in Curraghmore on Sunday prior to her Funeral Mass being offered on Monday, February 12th, in The Cathedral of Christ the King followed by burial in Coralstown Cemetery. May Monica rest in peace. The late Jim Byrne The death has occurred of Jim Byrne of Pier Rd, Enniscrone, Sligo and formerly of Ballina, Co. Mayo and Moate, Co. Westmeath. Jim died on Friday 9th February 2018, and was predeceased by his beloved wife Nancy. Jim’s death is deeply regretted by his loving daughter Ann Henry, his daughter and carer Caroline Melia, sons Jimmy, Peter and Niall, sister Frances (Pansy), his 12 grandchildren, 2 greatgrandchildren, in-laws, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. The late Jim Byrne. Jim’s remains reposed at his residence on Monday prior to arrival at the Church of Our Lady Assumed Into Heaven, Enniscrone on Tuesday for Mass of the Resurrection, with burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s cemetery, Kilglass. May Jim Rest In Peace. arranger and composer, greatly appreciated and recognised. Eldest family member of the late Col. Padraic O’Farrell and Maureen O’Farrell of Lynn Avenue, Mullingar, Declan was one of the first graduates from the Schola Cantorum in St. Finian’s College, Mullingar, but his talents were already being recognised, by his earliest teachers Sheila McCormack and by Dorothy Horan and his teachers in St. Finian’s. He was able to play all genres of music, but his personal love was rock music and with his brother Noel as the O’Farrell Brothers, they played far and wide, across Europe, in America and at functions all over Ireland. He was much sought after for weddings and other church ceremonies, and at the funeral Mass on Sunday afternoon, during which Fr. Joseph outlined the deceased’s life and times, Fr. Padraig McMahon, Adm., thanked the O’Farrell family for his contributions as an accompanist at church ceremonies. Music played a huge role in his life, and as an accompanist for other notable singers and performers, Declan played with people like Christy Moore and at the other end of the spectrum, Ailish Tynan. He was very close to his children, Naomi, Jessica and Barry and also his own siblings, his brother Noel, and sisters Niamh Mc Cullagh (Mullingar and Aisling Gaudet (Mullingar), to all of whom we extend sincere sympathy, as we do to his extended family and many friends. Fire Brigade personnel brought Kilbeggan outbreak of fire under control FIRE BRIGADE personnel promptly brought an outbreak of fire under control in an apartment in Kilbeggan in the early hours of Sunday morning, 11 February. The outbreak of fire was discovered at the apartment in the complex known as River View at about 4a.m. Fortunately, a person noticed smoke coming from the apartment and raised the alarm. The occupants were away at the time. The Fire Services personnel managed to contain the fire to the apartment. There was considerable smoke damage caused to the apartment. FORTUNATE Sergeant Andrew Haran, Athlone Garda Station, described it as fortunate that the fire was discovered when it was.
TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 NEWS 7 Mullingar make-up artist’s exciting career BY CLAIRE CORRIGAN After snapping up one of the most soughtafter positions in the industry, Make up Ar - t ist Adrienne Ken - nedy is at the top of her game. The Mullingar woman is responsible for all night time and weekend viewing for TV3 working on The Pat Kenny Show and The Tonight Show as well as all the evening news. As director of Make- UpDept.com, Adrienne and her team also work for large corporate events as well as other TV projects, “At the moment I’m working with Clubhouse which is in conjunction with the Six Nations.” Adrienne (whose own make-up was, Topic is happy to report, utterly flawless even though, we are informed, “it was done in the dark this morning on the way out” ) started out as a model before pursuing a career in Make up Artistry, “I did modelling full-time for about five years. I was always based in Dublin but I moved around a lot - I lived in Milan for some time as well as London and New York. It was a crazy world.” After being refused a mortgage, Adrienne de - cided that it was time for a change of career and made what she describes as the “natural progression” from modelling to Make-up Artistry, “Back then budgets were small on modelling jobs, so we had to become good at doing our own make-up.” She went on to become the first ever Make up Artist on counter in Ireland for Estée Lauder in Brown Thomas, “I was based there for just over four years but I would travel around the country and back and forth to London, training staff and stuff like that.” As a relatively new industry, there were no health and safety procedures in place at the time Adrienne began her career, “As a result I worked for eight hours a day doing make-up with customers sitting on really low stools and I injured my back. I actually needed spinal surgery after that..” As fate would have it, it was around this time that Adrienne noticed a tiny three-line advert in a newspaper looking for a Make up Artist in TV3. Adrienne applied for the job and got it and has now been with the television station for the past 18 years working Adrienne pictured with Ivan Yates and Matt Cooper who have taken over from Vincent Browne on TV3. across all the shows from Breakfast TV to Exposé, “I was Vincent Browne’s Make up Artist for the past nine years and also worked with Ursula Halligan. I tend to do an awful lot of the political world- there’s nobody in politics I haven’t done from the President Higgins to Leo Varadkar to Bertie Ahern.” FAMILY LIFE Somehow, during what was a decidedly hectic time in her life, Adrienne found the time to fall in love and marry a Dublin man called Paul. With her glamourous looks and seemingly endless supply of energy, it is a bit of shock to discover that Adrienne and Paul went on to have five children together- two girls Kasey Lee and Vaughan- Eilis and three boys Jack, Jody and Nixon. So, how does she find the Adrienne with Irish rugby coach, Josef Schmidt. time to be a busy Mammy as well as a highly driven and successful business woman? “I work my career around family life. My youngest is now nine so I’m free to work during the morning as well. When I take on any new big jobs I would always speak to Paul first. My husband irons and everythingso I’m really lucky.” SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKE- UP In the course of her work, Adrienne covers every aspect of the make-up industry from weddings to SFX / TV HD and hair styling and recently made her first foray into TV Presenting, recording ten episodes of a new Irish SFX show for children on RTÉ. She has also spent several years sharing her extensive knowledge on Make up Artistry lecturing at the acclaimed LA College of Creative Arts, “I’ve been around for a long time but I still feel like I learn something new every day.” GAY BYRNE After 20 years in the business, it’s perhaps unsurprising that Adrienne rarely gets starstruck, however, she admitted that one celebrity had her shaking in her boots, “I heard the person’s voice in the hall Adrienne pictured with Mullingar’s own Bressie. and my two legs went out from under me and started shaking. It was Gay Byrne. I’ve done him since and he still has that effect on me. I don’t know why,” she laughed. MAKE-UP TIPS Topic couldn’t allow Adrienne to leave without sharing some of her vast knowledge with our readers, “The eyeliner flick is nearly gone and that mad sensation of contour is starting to quiet down but highlighting and shiny faces are still big. 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