The Late Charles ‘Charlie’ Horan, O’Connell Demesne, Castleisland.

Former Main Street businessmen and neighbours, the late Dermot Griffin (left) and the late Charlie Horan chatting on a fine summer’s evening in 2001.
Mr. Griffin ran a grocery / pub / bicycle shop at No 70 and Charlie a pub / tailoring business a few doors down the street at No. 60. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-7-2001

The death has occurred of Charles ‘Charlie’ Horan O’Connell Demesne, Limerick Road, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of Main Street, Castleisland.

Charles (97) passed away peacefully in his 97th year on December 10th 2018 in the excellent care of Beechwood Nursing Home, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick.

Sadly missed by his sons, Cathal and Donie, his daughter Eleanor McLoughlin, his son-in-law Pat, his grandchildren Shane and Orla, his great-grandchildren Gavin and Dara, his nephews, nieces, all extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May He Rest In Peace

Charlie Horan and his public house will, forever, be associated with the  traditional music of the Sliabh Luachra area.

The material for a famous LP, Kerry Fiddles was recorded at No. 60 Main Street, Castleisland by Séamus Ennis for the BBC on September 9th. 1952. The recorded session involved: Patrick O’Keeffe, Denis Murphy and his sister, Julia Clifford.

The record was eventually released in 1977 by the London based Topic Records and it has taken its place among the most precious of its kind in many a collection around the world.

Charlie also contributed his vivid memories of Patrick O’Keeffe when RTÉ presenter and documentary maker, Peter Browne was collecting material for his epic on the life and times of the Glountane genius.

Charlie will be laid to rest in the same cemetery as Patrick O’Keeffe on Thursday. May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm followed by removal to Cordal Church. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 12 noon.

Burial afterwards in Kilmurry Cemetery, Cordal.

Date Published: Monday 10th December 2018. Date of Death: Monday 10th December 2018.

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