Sad passing of Elizabeth Yates

By Dan Walsh

The death has occurred of Elizabeth Mary Yates (née Forbes), peacefully at her home in Blackstoops, Enniscorthy, who will be best known to a modern generation as the proud mother of former Minister for Agriculture and radio and television broadcaster Ivan Yates.


She married into the Yates family who were a prominent business family located on Templeshannon Quay since 1884 and held farming interests at Blackstoops and her husband, John F Yates died in February 1979. In her own right, Mrs Yates was Chair of the Board of Management at Davis-Mosse Ltd, which was a very successful flour milling business. She was a well-known and respected member of the community and many are deeply saddened by her passing and have expressed their condolences.

FAMILY NOTICE; Beloved wife of the late John F, dearly loved mother of John, Christine, Ivan and Valentine (Mernagh) and cherished sister of Ann Campion, Margaret Dungan and the late Rev. Frank Forbes.

Sadly missed by her loving daughters, sons, sisters, daughter-in-law Deirdre, son-in-law Sean Mernagh, grandchildren Andrew, Ciara, Sarah, John, Simon and Jacqui, great-grandchild Beth, sister-in-law Marie-Louise Forbes, nieces, nephews, family, relatives and friends. At Rest Reposing at Browne’s Funeral Home, Enniscorthy on Sunday (St. Stephen’s Day) from 10 o’ clock with removal at 1 o’ clock to St. Mary’s Church, Enniscorthy.

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