The Late Doris Dennehy
Doris Dennehy, who passed away recently, shortly after celebrating her birthday, was the youngest of 3 boys and 8 girls.
Her father Bill, on returning from WW1, set up as a tai- lor at 27 O’Neill St., Clonmel.
Her mother Norah O’Neill hailed from the Gaeltacht region of Dun na Gaoithe, Newcastle.
As a young girl Doris enjoyed Irish Dancing, seen here with her sister Teresa (Lonergan), Moira Daly and Fran- ces Smith.
During the school holidays she worked with her sisters Teresa, Madge and Elsie at the then Clonmel Drapery. On leaving school she followed the oldest of the family Kevin into the Postal Service, working as a Telephonist until she retired. Attached picture of Doris in her early days at Clonmel Telephone Exchange which was located upstairs over the then GPO in Gladstone Street, now the Post House.
Her older brother Paddy, sisters Elsie, May and Josie emigrated to Nottingham England in the late 40’s early 50’s; Anna went to London and Phyllis to Dublin. Sometime after her mother passed away Doris moved from O’Neill Street to Prior Park in Clonmel.
To her sister Teresa she was far more than a sibling, but rather a life-long ‘Best Friend’.
Teresa’s late husband John Joe Lonergan was a saxo- phone and clarinet player with Mick Del, which took these inseparable sisters to the social settings of far and near.
Doris is survived by Teresa, and by her brother Frank. “Ar Dheis De go Raibh a Anam Uasail”