Keelin passed away in the last sunshine before the storm

The late Keelin Shanley was an outstanding broadcaster and journalist.
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ACCOMPLISHED and award-winning RTÉ broadcaster Keelin Shanley, who passed away at the weekend following an illness, was a niece of well-known Killarney charity campaigner Betty Crosbie.

The inspiration behind the Killarney branch of the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl organisation for a number of decades, Betty is a sister of Keelin’s dad, Professor Derry Shanley, the former Dean of the School of Dental Science at Trinity College.

Keelin’s first cousins include Aisling Crosbie, editor of the Killarney Outlook, Karie O’Toole proprietor of creative local company A Photobook for You and Noelle Crosbie who owns Noelle’s Café on Killarney’s Old Market Lane.

Keelin, 51, who was a regular visitor to Killarney down through the years, was an outstanding news and current affairs journalist and broadcaster who had most recently been co-anchor of the Six One News on RTÉ.

She had previously studied biochemistry at Trinity College and worked as a researcher before pursuing a career in journalism, initially with Radio France International and CNN World Report.

Keelin’s Killarney aunt Betty Crosbie is a great charity champion

In addition to brilliant documentary work in developing countries, she worked on some of RTÉ’s most popular programmes including Prime Time, Crimecall and Morning Edition and her work earned her three IFTAs.

Caoilfhionn (Keelin) Shanley-Ferguson’s funeral details have been announced on in a notice that said she died peacefully “in the last sunshine before the storm.”

She is described as the adored wife of Conor Ferguson and devoted mother to children Lucy and Ben.

Pre-deceased by her mother Orna Shanley, she is survived by her dad Derry, stepmother June, her sisters Muireann, Emma and Niamh, brother Eoin, stepbrothers Rob and Will, and many relatives, friends and colleagues.

A celebration of her life will be held this Wednesday in St Paul’s Church, Glenageary at 12.15pm followed by cremation.

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