Tributes are paid to poet Carol E. Kelly

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Tributes are paid to poet Carol E. Kelly thumbnailTributes have been paid to acclaimed Portstewart poet Carol Kelly who passed away at the weekend

TRIBUTES have been paid to the much-loved Portstewart poet Carol E. Kelly, who sadly passed away at the weekend.
Carol, a well-known figure in the resort, was the author of several collections of poetry, including 'Champagne From a Tea Cup.'
She was also the subject of an award-winning film, 'Considering Carol,' directed by local film-maker Patrick Trolan in 2011.
A tireless mental health campaigner, Carol won the admiration of all those who met her thanks to a courageous attitude to her own illness.
Leading the tributes was her brother Tom, who described his sister as "my talented, annoying, incredibly creative, frustrating poetry-writing but ultimately frustrated sister.
“Your talent helped you become Ulster junior champion for discus-throwing longer ago than we would care to remember and more recently you gave your all into karaoke singing and were rewarded with numerous prizes for that too," he posted on social media.
“Life dealt you a poor hand but you coped with all of that with an extraordinary determination to succeed and an amazing will to live.
“We can not believe that you have been taken from us so soon. God bless, your 'big' wee brother.'"
Former Coleraine councillor Barbara Dempsey described the news as 'very sad' while Gabe Brolly said Carol was simply, 'one in a million.' Others paid tribute to Carol's 'free spirit' and 'gentle soul.'
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