EAMONN Nagle, who was laid to rest in Killarney this Thursday, following his sudden death at the weekend, has been remembered by friends, neighbours and acquaintances as a very kind, friendly and cheerful man who always made time for others and who worked hard throughout his life.
Originally from Ballahacommane but living in recent years in the Oakwood Apartments on Killarney’s Rock Road, Eamonn was very well known and popular in the town where he had many great friends.
He had a reputation as a great worker, starting out in the early days in the former Pretty Polly plant in Killarney before he enlisted in the army.
He later worked in the Burlington factory in Tralee, in Golden Vale and in Tesco in Killarney and he loved nothing more than being busy.
In later years, Eamonn really embraced nature and he had a great passion for the outdoors and for wildlife.
He enjoyed very regular walks in Killarney National Park at Knockeer and, as his brother Dan-Joe said in a moving graveside eulogy, if Eamonn said he went for a two-and-a-half hour walk, you could be sure he spent half an hour walking and two hours talking with whoever he encountered along the way.
At the Requiem Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral this morning, celebrant Fr Jim Lenihan said Eamonn’s sudden and untimely death caused a great sense of shock and loss in Killarney.
“Today we thank God for the gift of Eamonn and for all the blessings in his life and his ability to love and to give,” he said.
Fr Lenihan said Eamonn – who was in his mid 60s – really loved nature so it was fitting that the time immediately leading up to his sudden death was spent in the garden.
He said he loved the simple things in life, including watching nature programmes, gardening shows and crime detective dramas on television but, most of all, he loved meeting people and chatting about the news of the day.
The son of the late Bridie and Edward Nagle, Eamonn was the loving father of Donal and Bríd and brother of Dan-Joe. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Pom, his adored niece Portia, cousins, extended family and friends.
Eamonn has been laid to rest in the New Cemetery, Killarney.
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