Danny was at the helm in the Abbey for over 50 years

Danny Leane, pictured some years ago, was one of Kerry’s most popular publicans

THE death has occurred of Danny Leane who was one of Kerry’s best known and popular publicans and a great community activist.

From Muckross Road in Killarney, he had lived in Tralee for many years and for over half a century he owned and operated the landmark Abbey Inn, a busy and popular live music venue where U2 once played.

Danny opened the bar in June 1968 and he was a familiar face behind the counter until the premises was sold last year. He was also the public relations officer for the Kerry branch of the Irish Vintners’ Association for many years.

He was also very actively involved in supporting the annual Rose of Tralee festival and he was steadfast in his backing of other local festivals and events as well as spots clubs and community groups.

Danny, who recently turned 79, passed away, peacefully at home, this Wednesday.

Predeceased in July 2016 by his wife Tess, he is survived by his children Sandy, Danny Jnr, Kerry and Manus, his brothers Michael, Patrick, John and Richard and his sister Lucy.

He is further survived by his adored grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

A private family funeral will take place for Danny on Monday next, December 28, with interment in Aghadoe Cemetery, Killarney.

The family has asked for donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to be made to the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry. Your only 24/7 local news service provider. Call 087-2229761