A close community mourns for Eileen

The late Eileen Tangney (centre) with her husband Michael and daughter, Siobhan, pictured at the Black Valley Youth Hostel by Valerie O’Sullivan for her book on the MacGillycuddy Reeks and its people

THE close-knit Black Valley community has been greatly saddened by the passing today of the very popular Eileen Tangney who, with her husband Michael, owned and operated the landmark Black Valley Hostel before passing it on to their daughter Siobhan.

The business is nestled in the heart of the famous valley – the last place in Ireland to receive electricity in 1977 – in one of the remotest locations imaginable but it has been and still is still a bustling hive of activity every year.

Overlooking the Gap of Dunloe, the eastern Reeks and Killarney National Park, the An Oige hostel has been a welcome destination for hikers and cyclists on the Kerry Way route since 1964. Eileen and her family always extended a warm welcome and great hospitality to call callers and they were greatly admired and appreciated by a whole generation of visitors.

Predeceased by her son Mike, brother John Joe and her sister-in-law Mawnie, Eileen (née Falvey), late of Coolmagort, Beaufort, is survived by her husband Michael, children Mary Rose, Gene, Derry, Irene, Susan and Siobhán, their partners, grandchildren Garry, Christina, Claire, Sinéad, Shelly, Feidhlim and Fiadhna, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Wednesday from 4.00pm to 7.00pm, removal will take place afterwards to St Mary’s Church, Beaufort.

Requiem Mass will be on Thursday at 11.00am with burial afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.

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