Vincent Counihan was a well known personality

THE death has occurred in Killarney of Vincent Counihan, a larger than life personality who ran a very successful travel agency for many years.

Fun-loving, witty and engaging, he operated the business, with his wife Betty, from their premises on High Street and organising annual pilgrimages to Lourdes was a specialty.

The family business, initially run by Cornelius Counihan, was originally a shipping agency, public house and grocery store but it later became one of the main travel companies in the country.

Vincent was also very actively involved with the Killarney-London Reunion and he was among a small group of people that kept that important link up and running down through the years.

Vincent Counihan was a master storyteller and many of a certain generation will remember his wonderful on stage performance as the Sheik of Araby with the Woodlawn group in the final of Tops of the Town in the 1970s.

He was in Germany for the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and he brought home a piece of the rubble as a souvenir of the landmark occasion.

Vincent, who passed away in Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home in Milltown, was predeceased by his wife, Betty. He is survived by his children of Ivan, Peter, Vincent and Sarah, grandchildren, Stephen, Charlie and Kitty, brother Denis, sister-in-law Joan, nephews and nieces, extended family and many friends.

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Killarney on Wednesday from 4.30pm to 6.30pm, removal will take place afterwards to St Mary’s Cathedral.

Requiem Mass will be on Thursday at 10.30am with burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery.

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