25 October 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A wave of shock and sadness engulfed Castleblayney, almost with a sense of disbelief, on Sunday last as news spread of the death of Sister Celine McArdle, the former Parish Nun, who was a central figure in the town’s community life for decades.

A dedicated member of the local community of the Sisters of Mercy, and one of the last remaining members of the Order in the area, Sister Celine also served as Parish Nun for a number of years.
A native of the area and sister of well known local stud farm owner, Mr. Eamon McArdle, Drumhowan, Sister Celine became a household name across the entire Mid-Monaghan community and much further afield.

She resided at Laurel Hill House but had been ill for some time and passed away peacefully at St. Francis Hospice, Raheny, Dublin.

Sister Celine, who was aged seventy, was noted for her outstanding charitable initiative and the devotion of her immeasurable energy toward helping others and mooting projects for the betterment of the whole community.

Her outstanding role in providing accommodation for many people in need in the area as well as a multiplicity of other good deeds for men and womenfolk, who hit hard times, is very well known.
But her greatest achievement was her initiative which led to the building and …

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