The late Jimmy Kearney, Castleview Drive and Kearney’s Bar, Castleisland

The late Jimmy Kearney (second from left) with from left: Sonny Curtin, RIP; Myles and Dan Sheehan and their father Dan at the 2002 Castleisland Race meeting at Powell’s Road ©Photograph: John Reidy 23/06/2002

The death has occurred of James ‘Jimmy’ Kearney, Castleview Drive, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and Kearney’s Bar, Main Street, Castleisland.

Peacefully on April 13th 2019 in the presence of his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Joan ‘Babe’ and sadly missed by his loving family Elma, Sutton, New Ross; Gerard, Dubai; Getta Fitzgerald, Glin; Joan, Cape Clear; Frances Moynihan, Castleisland and Donal in Castleisland their spouses and partners. His adored grandchildren, sister Betty Mulrooney, nephews, nieces, relatives, carers, neighbours and many friends.

May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

Lifelong Fine Gael Supporter

The late Jimmy Kearney (92) was a lifelong supporter of Fine Gael, greyhound sport, especially coursing and horse racing. In fact he was one of the committee of mainly publicans which revived the long lapsed Castleisland Races in August 1990.

The first of the revived meetings, which was accompanied by a street carnival from August 17th to 20th was held on a course around the Crageens where Castleisland Rugby Club and An Ríocht Athletic Club now stand.

He remained one of the honorary presidents of the Castleisland Races Committee up to the time of his passing.

He was a successful businessman both as a building contractor and, with his wife Joan, as a publican. Up to recently he occasionally visited the pub which still bears his family name.

Out of Respect

On visits to the pub, in recent years, if his usual corner was occupied it would be vacated out of respect as soon as he arrived.

His great sense of roguery, which was always just under the surface, was easily summoned and he was an active participant in many a harmless prank in the pub.

May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland, on Sunday evening from 5pm to 7pm

Followed by removal to the Church of Saints Stephen and John, Castleisland.

Requiem Mass on Monday at 11am with burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland. Family flowers only.

Date Published: Saturday 13th April 2019. Date of Death: Saturday 13th April 2019.

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