The late Dermot Daly, Desmonds Avenue and An Caisleán Mór, Castleisland

The late Dermot Daly (78) of Desmonds Avenue and An Caisleán Mór. Photograph: John Reidy
Desmonds Avenue neighbours: Mary O’Connor with Dermot Daly and Seánie Broderick having a chat on a fine morning in April. ©Photograph: John Reidy 24-4-2014

The death has occurred of Dermot Daly, 3 Caisleán Mór, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of 18A Desmond’s Avenue, Castleisland.

Peacefully on September 11th 2019 surrounded by his loving family in the wonderful care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry.

Sadly missed by his loving wife Joan, daughter Eleanor, sons Patrick and Thomas, son-in-law Enda, daughters-in-law Joanne and Anne, his adored ten grandchildren, Aaron, Chloe, Allie, Ava, Pa, Robbie, Rudy, Freya, Keela, Fionn and very special friend Aisling, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

May His Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Worked with Con Houlihan and Tom Wren

Always pleasant and with a smile of the roguish variety lighting up his face, Dermot often recalled, with pride, the days he worked at Charlie Lenihan’s on Main Street here in Castleisland.

His work colleagues on pudding filling duties in those days included Con Houlihan and his Desmonds Avenue neighbour and artist, Tom Wren.

The Taxpayers’ News

And that went on with the excitement of the almost simultaneous production of local newspaper, The Taxpayers’ News with the inimitable Charlie Lenihan as head of production and Con as contributor-in-chief – and Tom Wren working on paintings and drawing advertisements for the paper – and all from the same house.

As for the puddings, market research and in-public-house taste testing was all part of the production line.

Fry a Pan of Puddings

“When we’d finish after a day’s work Charlie would often fry a pan of puddings and take it into Charlie Horan’s Bar next door and we , and anyone else in the bar, would taste them and give our verdicts on them,” said Dermot.

Sunday Times Magazine

In paying tribute to Tom Wren back in 201????? Dermot recalled a day, from that long lost era of street-side industry, when a crew arrived from the Sunday Times to do a news feature on the town and Charlie Lenihan – a member of Kerry County Council at the time was on their list.

Great Evening in Charlie Horan’s

“When we were finished in the evening they carried us all out to Charlie Horan’s and we had a great evening and I remember they were very impressed with Tom Wren’s paintings,” Dermot recalled.

May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

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

Followed by removal to Castleisland Parish Church. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 11am.

Burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland.

Date Published: Thursday 12th September 2019. Date of Death: Wednesday 11th September 2019