KILLARNEY woke up this Monday morning to the sad news that well-known and hugely popular publican Seamus O’Shea had died overnight.
A very familiar face behind the counter of the landmark Jack C’s hostelry on High Street, Seamus passed away in the company of his family and in the care of staff at Killarney Nursing Home.
Always a welcoming, smiling presence behind the counter of the pub at 51 High Street, which dates back to 1901, Seamus will be remembered with great affection in the town and by a whole generation of customers with whom he shared the news of the day and the up-to-date information on sporting fixtures and other happenings in and around the town.
Jack C’s was and is a great sporting house and it was the scene of numerous celebrations down through the years, not least the many successes of Dr Crokes and Kerry.
Seamus is survived by his wife Joan, who ran the business side by side with him, their son John C and daughter Brigitte.
He is further survived by his son-in-law Richard Whelan, grandchildren James and Ellie Kate, his sisters Marion (O’Riordan) and Eileen, sister-in-law Noreen (Kearney), nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, relatives, neighbours, his many great friends and his customers at Jack C’s Bar.
Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, the removal will take place afterwards to St Mary’s Cathedral. Requiem Mass for Seamus will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Killarney.
The Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/killarneycathedral.