There was profound sadness in the entire community as the news spread of the untimely passing of Siobhan Farragher of Waterview. Siobhan was just forty years of age and had battled bravely four the past four years against an illness that would eventually become terminal. Siobhan and her husband Ken came to live in Waterview shortly after they were married and both became active in the community life of Waterview and Turloughmore. Siobhan was dedicated to her children who went to Annagh National School and was a wonderful supporter of all that was good in helping her children. When the opportunity arose for Siobhan she began to take her role in the community and played her part in getting involved in Lackagh Musical Society which she enjoyed thoroughly, but sadly when illness came it quickly curtailed further involvement.
Siobhan was much loved with the community of Waterview and when illness struck, neighbours and friends rallied around with the family to offer support. Siobhan battled bravely and even as her illness continued, Siobhan only looked at the positive side of living. She was a lady of tremendous faith and courage and an example to many in the manner in which she battled against her illness. It was a wonderful occasion for Siobhan when her family and friends gathered around her for her fortieth birthday last April, but a month later the same people gathered around Siobhan in sadness when her father Teddy Alone who lived in Renmore, lost his battle with cancer. Siobhan continued her fight and there was deep sadness when the news broke last week that this kind and gentle lady had been called to her eternal reward. The family and friends rallied around Siobhan’s husband Ken and their three sons aged seven to thirteen, during the past week as they tried to come to terms with the loss of their wife and mother.
The remains of Siobhan Farragher were removed from her home to Lackagh Mortuary Chapel where neighbours gathered in a guard of honour bid farewell to a wonderful lady in the village. There was a constant queue of people as her remains were reposing in Lackagh Mortuary Chapel before being removed to the Church of Our Lady of Knock, Lackagh. Fr Des Walsh, PP Lackagh, was chief celebrant at her funeral Mass and was joined by Fr Michael Mulkerrins of Renmore and Fr Rob McNamara of Knocknacarra. Pupils and students from Annagh National School, Presentation College Athenry and members of the local community formed a guard of honour as Siobhan’s remains left Lackagh to be interred in the New Cemetery Galway, just a short distance from where her father was laid to rest in June.
Siobhan Farragher is survived by her husband Ken, sons Kealan, Shane and Mark, mother Mary, sister Maureen, brother Robert, mother in-law, father in-law, sister’s in-law, brother’s in-laws, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.