Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 3°C
Courtesy of South Kilkenny Historical Society Mary O'Shea died over the weekend in a tragic accident.

Tributes paid to historian and farmer who died in tragic accident as she chopped wood

The tragic accident occurred over the weekend.

TRIBUTES HAVE BEEN paid to a woman in her 60s who died in a tragic accident in Co Kilkenny.

Mary O’Shea was chopping wood as a branch fell on her on Saturday evening by her home in Raheen, Piltown.

The farmer, who was also a respected historian and poet in the locality, was later pronounced dead and her body was removed from the scene by gardaí.

It is understood her death is being treated as a tragic accident. 

O’Shea, who was a longstanding member of the South Kilkenny Historical Society, has been credited as the “go-to person” for people visiting the local area to trace their family history.

She wrote four books outside of her farm work, ranging from documenting her local parish of Templeorum to a history of a farmers’ cooperative in nearby Piltown, according to the society’s chairperson Eddie Synott.

“She does leave a rich legacy. Not alone was she knowledgeable but she had a great appreciation of what our ancestors left behind,” Synott told The Journal.

“She was a very quiet person but was very clued-in and intelligent. If anyone wanted information on something she’d try help them as much as she could. She will be sorely missed by everybody who knew her.”

Your Voice
Readers Comments
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel