The Nationalist and Leinster Times.
13th October 1923.
Dr. Joseph V. Ryan.
We deeply regret
to announce the death of the above highly esteemed member of the medical
profession, which took place rather unexpectedly at his residence, Grosvenor
Place, Carlow, early on Wednesday morning.
been in failing health for some twelve months, and no one knew better than
himself that his days were numbered.
In fact he so
expressed it on more than one occasion, but with his love for his practice,
both private and in carrying out his public appointments, he struggled on to
the end in the most resolute and courageous manner.
His death was a
great shock to the townspeople who had seen him only the day before ; as
usual visiting his patients and going through the ordinary routine of his
daily work at the County Home.
The shock was
all the more painful to his own family who lose a loving husband and a most
devoted father, and with them we join in the sympathy shared by every one
who knew him in the great affliction it has pleased God to send them.
Dr. Ryan was
qualified in 1888, and shortly afterwards came to Carlow from the Queen's
College, Cork, where he had been Lecturer in and Demonstrator of Anatomy,
and also Professor of Mathematics in St. Finbarr's College.
From the very
beginning Dr. Ryan acquired the confidence of the great number of his
patients, and had at all times a very extensive practice.
He was the
Medical Officer of the Carlow Union for the past 18 years, succeeding Dr.
Edward Rawsone when that gentleman resigned the position.
The poor, whom
he loved and devoted his services to, returned his affection and had
implicit belief in his ability to heal their ailments.
He will be sadly
missed in many a home in which his professional knowledge had gained him an
The chief mourners wer:-
and Joseph (sons), D.J. McGrath, M.P.S.I.; Michael White, Knocknadogue; Wm
Delaney, Newtown; Joseph Delaney, Hollypark (brothers-in-law), James, Jack,
Willy, Michael, Paddy, and Joe Delaney, and Thomas White (nephews ), P.
Brennan, Ballyharmon; J. Brennan, Ballyharmon; Rev. M. Bolger, P.P.
Graiguecullen; Rev. Dr. Donohue, Knockbeg College; D. McGrath, Dublin; M.
Maloney, Borris; John Ryan, Ph.D.; Rev. J. Birch, C.C., Ballyragget; William
White, Ballycarron; J. McEnery, Rossinara, Kilmoganny; Dr. White,
Ballyragget; P. White, Lismaine House; Kieran Comeford, Kilkenny; A.
O'Donnell, Jas. Harte, Solicitor, Kilkenny; John Fitzgerald, Noremount,
Kilkenny; M. Brennan, Ballyragget; J. Rice, M. Buggy, Solicitor, Kilkenny
The following wreaths were sent:--
"From his loving
wife and children". "From Mr. and Mrs. McGrath, with deepest sympathy", -
"With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs Delaney". - "With deepest sympathy
from the Sisters of Mercy, County Home". - "With deepest sympathy from Mr.
and Mrs. Governey". - "With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Mrs. Molloy". -
With deepest sympathy from Dr. and Mrs. O' Meara". –“With deepest sympathy
from Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Ryan". – “With deepest sympathy from Mr. and Miss
At a meeting of
the Carlow Board of Health on Monday, Rev. J. Killian, Adm., presiding, the
following resolution was passed on the motion of the Chairman, seconded by
Mr. Edward Doyle, T.D.:-
That we, the
Carlow Board of Health, have heard with feelings of very deep regret of the
death of Dr. J. V. Ryan, Medical Officer of the County Home, and we wish to
record our deep sense of the very great loss the Board has sustained by his
unexpected death, and our deep sympathy with his widow and family in their
bereavement, and as a further mark of respect we hereby adjourn this
In speaking to
the resolution Fr. Killian said --- Since our last meeting death has claimed
our esteemed Medical Officer, Dr. Ryan, and the sad duty devolves on me of
proposing that we tender to his family and friends our deep sympathy with
them in the great loss that they have sustained.
They are not
alone in their sense of loss, for the Board has lost a most efficient
officer, the sick and poor have lost a devoted servant, and we who have had
the privilege of his friendship have lost a loyal friend.
It was typical
of the man, that though in failing health - knowing even that the hand of
death was on him - that he stood at his post to the last, fearless and
Hence it is that
with a keen sense of personal loss and sorrow we tender to his bereaved
family our sincere sympathy, and place on record our high esteem of one
whose sterling qualities won our friendship and commanded our respect.
was passed in respectful silence.
night's meeting of the Carlow Urban Council, Mr. Michael Governey proposed a
resolution of condolence with the family of the late Dr. Ryan.
referred in feeling terms to the passing of the deceased gentleman, and said
the widow and family had the full sympathy of the people of Carlow and
seconded and the resolution was passed in silence.
On behalf of
himself and the staff, Mr. W.A. Lawler, Town Clerk, associated himself with
Mrs. Dr. Ryan
and Family, of "Grosvenor Place" Carlow, desire to acknowledge most
gratefully the many kind wires and letters of sympathy received on the
occasion of their recent sad bereavement and which proved a great source of
consolation in their darkest hours of grief.
As it would be
altogether impossible to reply individually, she and her family desire the
kindly acceptance of this notice in grateful acknowledgement of same.
And Requiem Mass.
and Requiem Mass was offered up for the repose of his soul on Friday, the
following clergy were present:-
Most Rev. Dr.
Foley, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, presiding: Very Rev. J. Foley, D.D.,
President Carlow College ; Very Rev. J. Coyle, P.P., Leighlinbridge; Very
Rev. M. Bolger, P.P., Graiguecullen; Very Rev. P. Gorry, P.P., Tinryland;
Very Rev. A. Lynam, P.P., Stradbally; Very Rev. J. Byrne, P.P., Carbery;
Very Rev. J. Farrell, P.P., Arles; Very Rev. W. Rice, P.P. Doonane; Rev. T.
Keogh, V.P. Carlow College; Rev. J. Killian, Adm., Carlow; Rev. Dr. Donohoe,
Ph. D., Knockbeg College; Rev. J. Dunny, C.C., Carlow; Rev. J. Birch, C.C.
Ballyragget; Rev. W. Fanning, C.C., Carlow; Rev. W. Fanning, C.C.,
Graiguecullen; Rev. D. Gorry, C.C., Tinryland; Rev. T. Browne, Carlow
College; Rev. J. Foynes, Carlow College; Rev. J. Cunningham, Knockbeg
College ; Rev. W. Kelly, Chaplain, Curragh Camp; Rev. J. Murphy, C.C. Arles;
Rev. Fr. Murphy, O.M., Prior, Newbridge College; Rev. Dr. Donohoe, was
celebrant of the Mass; Rev. J. Killian, deacon; Rev. T. Keogh, sub-deacon.
[Note added by M. Purcell 2011. Dr. Ryan was the grandfather of Pat Ryan,
Athy Road and Betty O'Gorman of Dublin Street, Carlow.]
Source: Carlow Nationalist & Leinster
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