The late Seán Kerins, Tralee Road, Castleisland

The late Seán Kerins, 24 Tralee Road, Castleisland. Photo courtesy of the Kerins family.
The late Seán Kerins, 24 Tralee Road, Castleisland. Photo courtesy of the Kerins family.

The unexpected death has occurred of Sean Kerins, 24 Tralee Road, Castleisland, Co. Kerry on Thursday, April 28th 2016.
Beloved husband of Lily (nee Curtin) and cherished father of Liam, Jeanette, Martina and Liz. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, his adored six grandchildren: Ian, Brian, Mikey, Shane, Megan and most especially Shauna, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, niece and all extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends. R.I.P.

The late Sean Kerins (83) was one of Castleisland’s finest and proudest tradesmen. He is one of a small handful of those always mentioned by people who understand the noble trade of carpentry.
There are very local and unscientific rules of measuring the scale of a man’s skills. The fact that Seán worked on the maintenance of the local Presentation Convent for years spoke volumes for the depth of his skills.
The maintenance of work done by ancient craftsmen in the building of places like the convent demanded that level of skill and understanding – and Sean had it.
He also had the dedication and the love for it. He had views on the trade and on life itself that were very much his own – and it didn’t bother him if you didn’t agree with him. You could never say that you didn’t remember an encounter with Seán Kerins.

We went to the same trade school – years apart – and I remember Gene McGillicuddy talking about his former apprentice and the books on the trade he was finding at the library and the dedication with which he studied them.

A keen angler in his younger days, the Maine and brown trout fishing were his pursuits – and with the same zeal as he applied to his trade. I’m sure it was that life-long association with the river that took him on his daily rambles along its now well developed paths – up to the time of his passing. May God be good to him.

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland, on Sunday evening from 5pm to 7pm. Private removal from his residence on Monday morning. Arriving to Castleisland Parish Church for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland.
Date Published: Friday 29th April 2016. Date Of Death: Thursday 28th April 2016.