Connie Brosnan loved life and lived life

HUGELY popular Killarney man Connie Brosnan, who passed away on Sunday and was laid to rest in Aghadoe Cemetery on Tuesday, is remembered by family and friends as a great community man and sports fanatic who kept himself incredibly busy but he always ensured that those he loved came first in his life.

The celebrant at the Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral, Fr Niall Howard, noted that for all the outward public aspects of Connie’s life, it was always about family first.

Connie Brosnan represented Ireland at golf in the World Transplant Games in 2010 and 2017.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

Fr Niall said Connie had a great love for the extended Brosnan clan, his late wife Margaret, their children Seán and Jeannette, son-in-law Brian, daughter-in-law Mary, and, most recently, the grandchildren he adored, Ross and Harry.

In a moving eulogy, Connie’s son, Seán, said it was family and friends that were most important of all to his father, despite his involvement in so many community organisations and clubs.

“Dad was always a busy man, constantly on the go, but he was never too busy to share his love with those around him,” Seán said.

He recalled that Connie spent over 20 years working for the McShain family in the Killarney Estate before later transferring to Muckross House and Gardens and he cherished both places dearly throughout his life.

The late Connie Brosnan, front left, team manager of the Kerry Spring/St Paul’s basketball team, with the 1995- 96 squad, James Weldon, Shane Horgan, Brian Clarke, James Fleming and Gerard Coughlan with, at back, Joe Coughlan (coach), Vincent Daly, Niall O’Callaghan, Corey Jackson, Greg Ford, Caoimhin O’Donoghue and Cormac O’Donoghue.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

A kidney transplant recipient in 2007, Ross Road man Connie was a dynamic and respected chairman of the Kerry branch of the Irish Kidney Association and, as part of that role, he very frequently visited dialysis patients to give them the encouragement to fight on and he was a true inspiration to them.

He also played a leading role in the provision of a respite house in Killarney where dialysis patients and their families from around the country could enjoy some rest and recreation between or after treatments.

Connie represented Ireland at golf in the World Transplant Games in Dublin in 2010 and again in Malaga in 2017, winning a silver medal for his efforts in at the Dublin event.

A loyal Dr Crokes supporter and a long-serving officer with St Paul’s Basketball Club and the Scott’s Lakers National League squad, Connie was also passionate about golf and he was a dedicated member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club where, apart from demonstrating his golfing prowess, he regularly advised course staff on the best plants and shrubs to plant to ensure the course was looking its best.

Connie Brosnan (right) celebrates with coach Jim Nugent, (centre) and Tom Looney at the final buzzer after a memorable 102-91 victory over reigning cup champions Ballina in a national cup quarter final in Killarney on December 14th 1996.
Picture: Eamonn Keogh

Up until recent illness, Connie also enjoyed a weekly fourball with his three brothers Tim, Seán and Ger, and they were known to battle ferociously for the regular €5-a-man wager.

Paying tribute to Connie this week, the Kerry branch of the Irish Kidney Association stated: “Connie was much loved by everybody who had the pleasure of knowing him and he will always be remembered for his great dedication to the Irish Kidney Association”.

The statement added: “Connie loved life and lived life”.

St Paul’s Basketball Club PRO, Eamonn Keogh, said the club was privileged to have Connie as an active and committed member for many years.

“During the mid 1990s he was the team manager with the senior men’s national league team and he was a respected figure among the players, coaches and officials,” he said.

“His attention to detail was incredible and knew no bounds. He was a familiar and popular figure with players, visiting teams, coaches, match officials and supporters and his gentle and courteous approach meant that everything always ran smoothly,” Eamonn added.

A big music fan and a member of a very talented musical family, Connie’s wife Margaret, who he married in 1978, passed away in 2011.

Connie Brosnan, sportsman, community man, family man, gentleman, was laid to rest in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney, overlooking the town he loved and where he was loved.

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