Grieving families pay tribute to loved ones

Noel Reilly, who tragically passed away on Monday, August 5

Noel Reilly, who tragically passed away on Monday, August 5

THE two bereaved families yesterday spoke openly to the Herald about their deceased members, and how each kept in regular touch with them.

Olivia Reilly was the youngest in a family of six of Kevin and Rose Reilly, Carn View, Kinawley.


She was with her late brother, Kevin when he lost his life in a drowning accident on Brackley Lake, Bawnboy, 11 years ago. She is survived by her son, Kevin (9), her parents, and her sisters and brothers, Philomena, Amanda, Barry and Dallen.

Sitting with her daughter, Philomena at her side, mother and daughter profiled her as full of life, with a terrific dress sense, and someone who enjoyed her work with Enable Home Care.

“She loved the old people, and they loved her. She was just really happy. She was actually working on the day of her death. She had worked in other places, Roche’s and McGoverns Kitchens before she eventually found her niche.

“She had friends in Lisnaskea, the girls she worked with, and we would have to say the support we’re getting is brilliant, the way it was with Kevin. It’s like re-living it all over again.”Olivia’s remains arrived at the family home at tea time on Monday evening. Her funeral Mass takes place this morning, Wednesday, at 11 o’clock in St Naile’s church. Burial is in the new cemetery.

As we go to press, there are no funeral arrangements for Noel Reilly. His post-mortem is due to be carried out this morning.

The son of Brian and Pam, he was the oldest in the family and is immediately survived by his sisters and brothers, Karen, Brendan, Cahal, Nicola, Joanne and Connor.

His father said the family did not now the circumstances of his son’s death, and would not know until the post-mortem report came back.


“We’re just waiting. It’s a waiting game now.”

He explained that, outside of periods of work, Noel enjoyed speed boating on the lake with his cousins, the McAloons.

“He lived life to the full, and was very good to his family. He was definitely in good health. He was very popular around the town. A lot of his friends are calling here. They just can’t believe he’s gone. We all thought he would be the last one to go.

“He was always in contact with some of the family, if not me or his mother, then with his brothers and sisters.”

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