Ellen Conway: Camogie club official, keen musician and 'a lady'
THE death of Ellen Conway has taken from Keady one of its most warm and popular citizens.
Ellen was the vice-president of St Patrick's camogie club and it was a role she served with great distinction up to her untimely death.
Nothing gave her more pride than to watch her children and grandchildren represent Keady across the three codes of camogie, football and hurling.
She also had a great love for music and was known to play the accordion and piano and sing at many events.
Ellen was born in Crossrow, Gilford, the fourth eldest in a family six boys and five girls to Barney and Nelly Conlon.
She enjoyed a carefree and tranquil childhood, in a place she always held close to her heart.
She began her education in Castlehill school but, despite being a bright child, the opportunities offered today were not available and, aged 14, Ellen left her education behind and began work as a weaver in Gilford Mill.
A few years later she attended a dance in Gilford club hall where Keady band The Clippertones were the headline act.
It was at there she met her future husband Teddy Conway, a member of the famed Keady Dwyer’s team of that era.
The couple married and began their life together in Gilford, before moving to Keady after the birth of their third child in 1968.
Four more followed and it gave Ellen great pride to watch her children grow and bless her with many grand-children and great grandchildren.
A deeply religious woman, she held her faith close to her heart and passed it on to her family. She was a lifelong pioneer and never missed Mass.
The loss of Teddy in 2006 was a blow but her faith and the love of her family gave her great strength.
She bore her illness with great dignity and said her goodbyes to everyone before passing away peacefully into the night and onto her eternal reward in heaven.
Ellen, who died aged 80 on October 8, was a lady and will be sorely missed by her family and friends.
She is survived by her children Paul, Leo, Ann Marie, Aidan, Michelle, Collette and Colleen.
Her month's mind Mass will be celebrated at 7pm tonight at St Patrick's Church, Keady.