KILLARNEY Legion GAA Club has led the tributes to the late Dan Joe O’Shea, of St Brendan’s Terrace, who passed away at the weekend and whose Requiem Mass took place today in St Mary’s Cathedral.
A passionate supporter of the green and white, his sons were very active in the club and, living in the shadow of Fitzgerald Stadium, he always followed the action with a keen eye and a great interest.
Dan Joe was very well known and hugely respected in Killarney where, apart from a brief spell in London, he worked all his life, initially with the Killarney Mineral Water Company and, for many years, with Pretty Polly where he made many lifelong friends.
He later worked on postal deliveries in south Kerry and then with the state training agency FÁS.
At his Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral this Monday, celebrated by Fr Jim Lenihan, Dan Joe was remembered as a valued community man, a wonderful family man, a great husband and father and an adoring and adored grandfather who loved reading and movies and could tell a great story as well as any seanchai.
In a moving eulogy, son Darren said his parents met on a train going to Croke Park in 1961 and they were wed six months later. Family was really mattered in the O’Shea household and a strong bond formed between them all to last a lifetime.
Predeceased by his son Damian, Dan Joe is survived by his wife Anne, sons Connie, Finbarr, Patrick, Darren and Colm, daughters Elaine and Karen, son-in-law Dave, daughters-in-law and partner Mary, Annie, Karen and Jackie, grandchildren Danielle, Ian, Lucy, Darcie and Daniel, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends.
KillarneyToday.com: More than 300,000 readers every month and 25,000 followers on Facebook