Former captain passes away


A Laurencetown and Gilford woman, Kathleen McAteer (nee Campbell) passed away on July 12 following her admission into the Craigavon Area Hospital Intensive Care Unit after a short and very sudden illness.

Kathleen was the eldest child of Johnny and Sarah Campbell with five younger siblings - Sean, the late Art, Sally, Plunkett and Eamon.

Requiem Mass took place at St. Patricks and St.Colman’s Church, Laurencetown. During the service, Rev Father Powell summarized Kathleen’s life, including her fervent support of the SMA Fathers in Dromantine, Newry, by assisting the missions overseas.

He added that as a youth, Kathleen, although an ardent Down GAA supporter, became the captain of the Armagh Selection Camogie team which travelled to Manchester and London in August 1949.

Kathleen met her late husband Hugh in Gaffney’s pharmacy where she worked as the pharmaceutical assistant. They settled in Gilford in the late 1950’s and became proud parents of Marian, Annette and Sean. Kathleen later worked alongside Hugh at Bannvale Special Care Hospital. Following Hugh’s retirement as Charge Nurse, they relocated closer to Kathleen’s home village of Laurencetown in 1996.

Father Powell noted that sadly only last August Hugh passed away and with inner strength and family support Kathleen had begun to adjust and looked forward to her regular outings and visits from friends and family. Hugh had introduced Kathleen to his home and family in Fanad, Co. Donegal, a place dear to her heart.

Kathleen was grandmother to Laura, Katherine, Andrew, Aisling, James, Maria, Jane, Conor, Olivia and Matthew and mother-in-law to Barry and Gary. She remained active and in good health and enjoyed knitting for charity until early July when she was admitted to hospital. Kathleen will be missed by family and friends. The family appreciate the support of health professionals and support team in Craigavon Hospital ICU and have asked that donations in lieu of flowers go to ICU c/o McAlinden and Murtagh Funeral Directors, 5 William St, Lurgan, BT66 6JA. A months mind Mass will take place on August 10 at 6pm at St Patrick’s and Colman’s Roman Catholic Church, Laurencetown.