The late Tommy Frank O’Connor, Cloonanorig, Tralee and Ranaleen, Currow

Scriobhneóirí Sliabh Luachra 24-4-2015
The late Tommy Frank O’Connor (right) pictured with members of the Scríbhneoiri Sliabh Luachra Writers’ Group as they prepared for their book launch in April of last year. Seated: Bernadette Ni Riada, Beaufort; Jimmy Cullinane, Cordal; Rose Riordan, Currans; Ann Kiely, Ardagh; Tayla Forseca, Abbeyfeale; Frank Kevins, Currans; Sharon Fitzgerald, Hanah O’Connor and Madeline O’Connor, Abbeyfeale; James Flynn, Tralee and Tommy Frank O’Connor, tutor. Back from left: Winifred Greaney, Knocknagoshel; Donal Fitzgerald, Knocknaboul, Anna Brosnan, Castleisland; Anne Coffey, Knocknagoshel; Patricia Horgan, Kilcummin; Mary Casey, Glenflesk; Cait Curtain, Knocknagoshel; Fiona Roche, Kilcummin; Bridie Garvey, Killarney and Anne McCarthy, Newcastle West. ©Photograph: John Reidy 24-4-2015

The death has occurred of Frank (Tommy Frank), Cloonanorig, Tralee and formerly Ranaleen, Currow, Co. Kerry.

On 19th October 2016, peacefully. Beloved husband and best friend of Sheila (nee Spelman) and adored father of Patricia in Tarbert; Paul in Abbeyfeale; Mark in Washington D.C; Gary in Fermanagh and Gráinne in Tralee.

Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, his brother John Joe, sisters: Margaret, Joan, Mary, Helen, Kay, Ann, Bernie and Monica. His grandchildren, aunt Nell, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. Rest in Peace.

Facilitator and Tutor

As a facilitator and tutor to a poetry writing class here in Castleisland, over a five year period up to 2015, Tommy Frank was an inspirational teacher.

Class organiser and course participant, Bridie Garvey worked with the late Mr. O’Connor up to the time when his pupils saw their work between the covers of a book under the collective title of Scríbhneoiri Sliabh Luachra Writers’ Group.

“He was a fantastic motivator and teacher,” said Ms. Garvey this morning.

“Probably the most important aspect of his time with us as a class was the time he gave us. He made time for those of us who needed it. The fact that we got our work together and into book form is a tribute to the encouragement he gave us all. May God rest him,” said Bridie.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at The Gleasure Funeral Home, Tralee on Friday from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, with removal at 7.30pm to Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Church, Tralee. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11.00am. Interment afterwards in Rath Cemetery.

Family flowers only, donations greatly appreciated to the Palliative Care Unit, U.H.K. or care of the Gleasure Funeral Home.

Date Published: Wednesday 19th October 2016. Date of Death: Wednesday 19th October 2016.

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