My mother, Ellen Brennan (O'Connor.) passed on Friday, December 20th, 2014 at her home in Crossmaglen, County Armagh.

"She is not dead, she doth sleep.

 'tis death is dead. Weep not for Ellen." 

(Apologies to PB Shelley for the name change.) 

Ellen.

"Sure, God help them, the poor crathurs." was her oft used expression.

Ellen was a simple woman, happiest when surrounded by those less fortunate, the 'different' ones, the afflicted, the children and the strays. And they all migrated to her doorstep. They sought her out, almost as if they knew she could and would save them. As if they were sent to her. As if they were guided by a loving, unseen hand, to her door. As if they knew that she would understand them. They could see her bright candle, always alight in her window, even on the darkest deepest nights. And they basked in her lightness and they loved her and told her so.

 Her love for others was of the unspoken kind. The kind that comes from somewhere unearthly. The kind that endures through the vastness of time, space and beyond. A serene aura surrounded her always and when she spoke it was in the softest tones of measure.

 "Come on in and sit down. I'll put on the kettle and we'll have a wee cup of tea." 

As Shelly said, "Weep not for her, for she doth sleep, 'tis death is dead."

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Comment by juan pablo torrebiarte on December 21, 2014 at 9:28pm

John Anthony

I will be praying for you and your mom.

JP

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on December 22, 2014 at 9:48am

Thank you JP

Comment by Gerry Regan on December 22, 2014 at 10:23am

John, just noticed this post. I am saddened by this news -- and regret never having met her. She seems to have embodied all the qualities of Irish women of a certain age that I have come most to cherish. My condolences! I hope we get to read more about her in the days and weeks and months ahead.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on December 22, 2014 at 12:02pm

Thank you for the kind words Gerry. You would have loved her.

Comment by Bit Devine on December 22, 2014 at 5:51pm

Such a sad time, a chara. Light, love, strength and healing flowing out to surround you and yours in this time of sorrow.

You favor your mum in this photo

Slan abhaile, Ellen, a chara... Safe home... May the angels come to greet you at the Pearly Gates and dance with you throughout the streets of Heaven... Perhaps my Gran will find ya...a you two can share a cuppa and a chat...

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on December 22, 2014 at 6:37pm

Thank you for the kind words Bit.....

Comment by JAMES LYNAM on December 23, 2014 at 11:33am

May she rest in peace. She was an angel on earth & is now home.

My prayers are with you.

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on December 23, 2014 at 12:29pm

Thank you James.


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Comment by Irish Cultural Society of GC on December 23, 2014 at 2:40pm

Tony, Moms are irreplaceable.  She did her share to make the world a better place; you are doing your share to make the world more beautiful with your writing.  You are channeling Ellen Brennan for the rest of us.  Thank you.

May she rest in peace.

John Walsh

Comment by John Anthony Brennan on December 23, 2014 at 3:12pm

Thank you for the kind words John. I will dedicate my next book to her.

2015 will be a better year. See you then.

John A

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