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Tribute to a lovable rogue who always had a smile or a joke

The late Donie Sheahan was greatly respected in Killarney

THE Mayor of Killarney has paid tribute to the late pharmacist and sporting personality Donie Sheahan who passed away yesterday morning and will be laid to rest this Saturday.

Cllr Marie Moloney said the Main Street businessman, who was in his 96th year, will be remembered with great fondness and respect, particularly for the help he gave people when their need was great.

“I doubt there was not many in Killarney and its surrounds who did not taste Donie’s famous cough bottle. Indeed, I remember many times in my youth being administered the said cough bottle,” she said.

Mayor Moloney described Donie as “a lovable rogue” who would always greet people with a smile or a joke.

Mayor Marie Moloney: Paid tribute

“He knew every resident of Killarney and was always interested in what was happening on the political scene and, of course, he was never shy to give his own views,” she said.

Cllr Moloney said Donie would always be remembered as a stalwart member of Dr Crokes GAA Club, both on and off the pitch, and for his great love for the horses.

“He was the proud owner of some racehorses and always good for a tip when the Killarney Races were on,” she said.

“As we say goodbye to Donie, his memory and his achievements will live on and so will his beloved business which has passed on to his son Liam and his grandson William.

Donie Sheahan with his daughters Aileen (left) and Kathryn (right) when he was honoured for his contribution to horse racing by Nessa Joyce of the Irish European Breeders’ Fund (second from left) at Killarney Races.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Killarney, I send sincere condolences to Donie’s family and may he now rest in eternal peace with his beloved wife Carmel,” the mayor stated.

Donie will repose at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney this Friday evening, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm, for family and close friends. Requiem Mass will be celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning at 10.30am, followed by burial in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

The Requiem Mass will be live-streamed on https://www.churchservices.tv/killarneycathedral.

Predeceased by his wife, Carmel, Donie is survived by his sons Liam, Kieran and Paul, daughters Aileen and Kathryn, grandchildren Ciara, Dónal, William, Kevin, Fionán, Gráinne, Peter, Cathal, Caitríona, Eoin, Sinéad, Amy, Clodagh, Megan and Andrew and great-grandchildren Amelia, Evie, Will, Daniel, James, Lyla and Eleanor.

Predeceased also by his sisters Sheila and Maureen and his brother Tommie, he is further survived by his daughters-in-law Siobhán, Janet and Louise, son-in-law Seán, his sisters Catherine, Margaret and Anna, nieces, nephews, many other relatives, colleagues and friends.