Death of Chris Flanagan, Raharney Co. Westmeath

It is with feelings of profound regret that we record the death, after a brief illness, of Christopher Flanagan, native of Raharney, Co. Westmeath.

Mr. Flanagan was looking forward to many years of joy and bliss, which he felt was every man’s due in the autumn of life, when on March 2nd, he departed this life fortified by the rights of his church.

He was educated in St. Mary’s National School, Raharney, and so thoroughly did he apply himself as a pupil that he developed into a first-class teacher and was appointed by the late John Kelly, who then was master, to be his assistant. The sun-kissed village of Raharney, however, did not offer scope wide enough for the ambitious young pedagogue and so he came to the United States. He was not long here until he made his presence felt. His activities were directed in educational rather than social and athletic channels. He formed many debating societies and took a very keen interest in the debates which were of a historically Irish character.

The large crowed that assembled in the funeral parlors during the nights of the wake testified to his popularity and the many floral tributes sent by sympathizing friends were but another expression of sincere devotion in which he was held.

The funeral, large and representative, was held from St. Matthew’s Church on Easter Sunday. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery. On the following Monday mass of requiem was said for the repose of his soul.

He is survived by his widow; Mary; his sons, James and John; his brothers, Patrick and Thomas, and sisters, Delia and Mrs. Mamie Burns, to whom we extend our heartfelt condolence in their sad bereavement.


Christoper J. Flanagan was one of the founding members and original President of the Raharney Rover Social Club of New York City.

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