THE death has occurred in Killarney of Michael (Mick) Griffin, a well-known former Killarney jarvey and an ardent angler who spent a huge amount of time on the lakes he loved.
Michael, from Marian Terrace, passed away, peacefully, on Thursday in the care of the staff of the Palliative Care Unit and Suimhneas Unit in University Hospital Kerry.
Throughout his long life he had a great affection for animals which sparked his interest in horses and, in more recent years, his faithful dog, Rex, was a constant companion by his side. Whenever you saw the energetic Rex you know Mick wasn’t far away and vice versa.
A brilliant fisherman and a respected member of the Killarney Salmon and Trout Angling Club, Mick loved nothing more than spending time out in his boat and there was scarcely an inch of the Lakes of Killarney that he didn’t know. He was a great authority on the town, its surroundings and its history and he was always very proud of his home place.
Predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, and brothers Martin and Donie, Mick is survived by his sons, Michael – also a jarvey – and Anthony, daughters-in-law Martina and Kay, and grandchildren Michelle and Shane.
He is further survived by his brother Tadgh, sisters Breda and Noreen, step-father Des Brennan, brother-in-law Denis, nephews and nieces, other relatives, great friends and, of course, the much loved Rex.
Mick was laid to rest this Friday following Requiem Mass for the family in St Mary’s Cathedral.
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