The death has occurred of Rosanna Davis, the Kildare Rehab People of the Year Awards’ Overseas Personality of the Year 2007. She passed away peacefully at The Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, East Sussex on the 20th of January, aged 101.
Rosanna was a very proud Kildare woman and was born in Mullantine, Rathangan, on August 3, 1909. She worked in the local post office and was secretary of and a player with the Rathangan Camogie Club until she emigrated to London in 1935. In 1950 she married Wicklowman Patrick Davis in London. She was a founding member of the Kildare Association of London and was secretary from its formation until 1989. She was also the Kildare Association representative at meetings of the Council of Irish County Associations, where she was a very influential figure.
Her biggest achievement came in 2007 at the age of 98 when she was given the award ‘Kildare Overseas Person of the Year 2007’. The award was made in recognition of her work for Irish immigrants in London. For many people Kildare people who emigrated to London, life would have been lonely and tough without Rosanna and the work of the Kildare Association which provided practical help and a network of social support within the Irish community there. The award was organised by Rehab and was supported by Kildare County Council and the Leinster Leader.
In 2009 she celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends and the Mayor of Brighton. She was very proud to receive greetings and a gift from the President of Ireland Mary MacAleese. Her funeral service took place on the February 7 in Brighton.
Her ashes will arrive in Rathangan for funeral mass this Thursday, February 10, at 10am in the Church of the Assumption and St Patrick’s, Rathangan. They will be interred afterwards in the family grave in the Old Cemetery, Rathangan.