12 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Patsy McArdle

THE entire Co. Monaghan community – and residents in the wider Castleblayney area in particular – were shocked and saddened at the weekend by the tragic death in a road accident of a very popular local lady, who was a caring wife and mother as well as an affectionate teacher at Beech Hill College in Monaghan town.
Mrs Mona Frances Clarke, who was aged 53, was wife of esteemed Castleblayney GP Dr Michael Clarke, Dundalk Road. She was daughter of the late Frank O’Duffy, and is survived by her mother Mrs Yvonne O’Duffy, a brother, Desmond, and sister Mary. She was also niece of the late Dr Brendan O’Duffy, Castleblayney.

Her untimely death on Saturday, after being struck by a car while out walking with her husband on the main N2 Dublin/Derry road at Clonavogy, a short distance from the family residence on the outskirts of ‘Blayney, brought a dark cloud throughout the weekend over an entirely stunned community.

The tragedy, in the first week of the New Year, also brought an unbearable sense of loss and grief for the entire family circle, especially her husband Michael, their son Andrew (27) and daughter Evie (23).
The couple were wed three decades ago and the family enjoyed the highest level of esteem in their mid-Monaghan home community. The late Mrs Clarke and her husband happily celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, only last August.

The tragic accident happened around 1.10 …

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