Category Archives: Obituaries

His brilliance will be missed but Donie’s legacy is secure

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Donie Courtney, a supremely gifted actor and drama teacher, following his premature and sad passing. The business organisation said he will be remembered with great fondness, appreciation and gratitude in his home town where he had always been such a creative force in… Continue Reading

‘I will call on him in times of hardship and crisis and celebrate moments of joy with him’

Film star Michael Fassbender has paid a moving tribute to his great pal and mentor Donie Courtney who has passed away. The Oscar nominated superstar said he was 17-years-old when he first met Donie and the encounter changed his life immeasurably. “We remained firm friends ever since,” said the star of Hunger, The Light Between… Continue Reading

A master dramatist has left us but his legacy remains

The Hugh O’Flaherty Memorial Society in Killarney has paid tribute to the late Donie Courtney whose one-man play on the life and times of the famous Killarney cleric was legendary. Society chairman Jerry O’Grady said it was with great shock and sadness that he heard of the untimely passing of the renowned drama coach, playwright,… Continue Reading