THE funeral of Garda Aidan Cremin, who passed away unexpectedly last Tuesday, will take place in his native Beaufort next Monday.
There was huge sadness and shock in both Kerry and Cork when news broke that the popular Aidan, who was based in Castletownbere, had died.
A former student at St Brendan’s College, he worked for many years in Moriarty’s Photographic Store on New Street before joining An Garda Siochana in 2000.
He was initially stationed in Dundalk before moving to Adrigole in West Cork and, when that station closed, he took up a position in Castletownbere in 2013.
An avid golfer, Aidan was first and foremost a great GAA man and he won a Mid Kerry Senior Championship medal with Beaufort in 1998 and the County Intermediate Centenary Championship in 2000. On moving to West Cork, he switched his allegiance to Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Eadargóil to serve as a player and, later, a very respected coach.
A live-streamed remembrance service, organised by his garda colleagues, was held yesterday in Monkstown Parish Church where senior members of the force acknowledged that if An Garda Siochana needed a template for the ideal community Garda, Aidan fitted the bill.
A book of condolence for Aidan has been opened at the Garda Station in Castletownbere.
Predeceased in 2017 by his father John, Aidan is survived by his mother Eileen, brothers Seán, Michael, Brian and Pádraig, sisters-in-law Nina and Ruth, niece Róisín, nephews Aidan and Nando, aunts, uncle, his extended family and many friends.
He is further survived by his colleagues in An Garda Síochána, Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Eadargóil and the wider community in Adrigole and Castletownbere.
In accordance with Government and HSE guidelines, and in the interest of public health, a private family funeral will take place in St Mary’s Church, Beaufort.
Aidan’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed on Monday morning at 11.00am on https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-Organization/Beaufort-Parish-104623611529722/ followed by burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery, Killarney.
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