Death of popular Wexford businesswoman

By Dan Walsh

The death has occurred of Kathleen (Kay) Whitty of Whitford House Hotel, Wexford, which she co-founded as a bed and breakfast with her late husband, Jim, and later developed the business into a multi-award-winning family run hotel and one of the most popular in the South East.


Born in 1942 in Gurteenminogue, Murrintown, Kay was daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Radford. She was only 22 years old when she established a successful bed and breakfast business with her late husband, Jim, who pre-deceased her in November 1993.

Along with her family the business developed into one of the leading hotels in the country and was a popular venue for special occasions or dinners and evening meals. Kay interacted with customers with a smile and a friendly welcome and her passing is mourned by family, friends and customers.

Deepest sympathy is extended. Dearly loved wife of the late Jim Whitty, cherished mother of James, Eilish, Gerard and Rónán, adored grandmother of Katie, James, Aoife, Josh, Luke, Caleb and Ralphie. Beloved sister to Mary (O’Rourke), Bernie, Mick, Toddy, John and Timmy. Sadly, missed by her son-in-law Val (Stafford) and daughters in law Bobbie, Madeleine and Erin. May She Rest in Peace.

Due to HSE Level 5 Covid restrictions on funeral gatherings, reposing and funeral gathering Mass will be private to family only please.

Funeral Mass will take place at 11.30am on Tuesday. Streaming details to follow.

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