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There was deep sadness in the parish as the news spread of the passing of Karen Kenny of Cregmore. Karen was hugely popular among her peers and was always full of life and great spirits.

Karen, who was a member of the popular Castlegar family of Culinanes, came to live in Kiltrogue, after her marriage to William Kenny and was a dedicated mothr and friend to many. Karen fought her serious illness with courage and strength and stayed positive to the end.

Her passing comes as a great loss to her husband William and to her adored children Kian, Sean and ava. it has been a heartbreak for the children to lose their mother so young but with the support of their dad William, grandparents Don and Mary and Willie and Breda as well as the extended family neighbours and friends, they will have good support.

Large crowds gathered to pay their respects as the funeral cortege made its way from Carrowmoneash, Oranmore via Claregalway and by her home in Kiltrogue. At Cregmore National School children of the classes of Karen and William’s children formed a guard of honour holding red and white roses.

The remains of Karen Kenny were brought from her parent’s home to the church of the Immaculate Conception, Oranmore for a private Funeral Mass celebrated by Dr. Diarmuid Hogan, P.P. Oranmore. Burial followed in Rinville Cemetery.

Karen is survived by her husband William, children Kian, Sean and Ava, parents don and Mary Cullinane, brothers Derek and John, sisters Emma and Andrea, father-in-law and mother-in-aw Willie and Breda Kenny, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.