The death has occurred of Michael ‘Mick Parick’ O’Connor, (74) of Mount, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry. Peacefully in Bons Secours Hospital, Tralee.
Deeply missed by his wife Mai, nee Barrett; family: William, Bridget, Marguerite, Marie and Maurice; his brother Jim and sister Hannah Mai Murphy; grandchildren, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, neighbours and friends.
Rest in Peace.
When Mick’s brother Jack died at the end of January 2015 I remember thinking back through the years when they played hurling with a team in Castleisland.
A Castleisland hurling team could never get into the groove of family connections which beset and bedeviled the game in North Kerry at that time and little has changed.
The referee, you would find out later, was a cousin or a brother-in-law of the lad who blackened your shins when he meant to pull on the ball.
As youngsters on the team, a handful us us from Castleisland would have been badly maimed or worse if it wasn’t for the Scart boys and the Paricks in particular.
Mick, Tadhg and Jack were great minders and it was no bother to them to dish out reminders to any of the North Kerry fellas misusing the ash on the younger lads.
When the brothers were there you could give as good as you got and be able to walk off the field after.
Tadhg, God rest them all now, got into a bit of bother with a player from a Causeway team we were playing in Ballymac one evening. Ash and knees and shins weren’t being spared and the referee had to intervene.
Tadhg and his hobbling marker were being given a lecture and Tadhg got the worst of it.
As the referee took the sliotar to restart the game he said to Tadhg, “Do that again and you’ll be going for the line.” By now Mick was at his brother’s side and the bould Tadhg, with fire in his eyes, replied: “If I do you’ll be f…….g going with me.” In his wisdom, the ref took his word for it and didn’t bother him again.
May God be Good to their Brave Souls.
Reposing in Daly’s Funeral Home on Sunday from 6pm-8pm. Removal at 8pm to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Scartaglen. Requiem Mass on Monday at 12 noon. Burial in Scartaglen Cemetery. Family flowers only please.
Donations if desired to the Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry.
Date Published: Saturday 4th March 2017 Date of Death: Saturday 4th March 2017
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