THE passing of Barry Hurley in Killarney has robbed the town of a very popular local, a great character and a very familiar face.
He passed away on Monday, following a long illness, in the care of staff at St Joseph’s Nursing Home in Kenmare. He was just four days away from his 68th birthday.
The son of the Dado and Kitty Hurley, St Brendan’s Terrace, Barry was part of a greatly respected Killarney family and his late mother, Kitty, was a very talented performer on stage, gracing talent snows and musical productions with her wonderful voice.
Barry inherited her interest in all things musical and he was a very active member of Killarney Folk Club for many years, helping to organise big name acts and concerts for Killarney.
He was also a lifelong Rory Gallagher fan and travelled to watch the legendary guitarist in action whenever the opportunity arose. Always very trendy, he had a very distinctive dress sense and he cut quite a dash in his hometown when music and fashion trends were rapidly changing in the 1970’s.
Barry worked for much of his life with the outdoor crew of the former Killarney Town Council and he was held in high regard by his workmates and council management.
In latter years, he was a familiar sight on the roads of Killarney on his distinctive electric bicycle as he set about his daily tasks.
Barry is survived by his son Ross, daughter Riona, daughter-in-law Nina, grandchild Rayvin, Kay, sisters Joan, Marie, Breda and Annette, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.
A private family cremation will take place in the Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy at 12 noon this Wednesday followed by Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney at 10.30am on Friday.
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