Gerry Murphy’s Last Lap of the Town on Saturday at Noon

Gerry Murphy killing time with a pint of Harp in Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery. ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-12-2001

The death has occurred of Gerry Murphy, Tullig, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and formerly of Ballyegan, Gortatlea, unexpectedly on November 5th 2020.

Beloved son of the late Thady and Sheila and brother of the late Timmy.

Sadly missed by his loving brothers and sisters, nephews. nieces, relatives,neighbours and many friends.

May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

Bad News Travels  Fast

Sadness greeted the news of the sudden death of Gerry Murphy late on Thursday afternoon.

He passed away at his recently adopted favourite spot on the old railway yard in spite of sustained efforts by an emergency medical crew to save him.

In spite of his challenges Gerry lived his life just as he wanted to. He had the courage, the will and he certainly found the way to do just that over the course of his life.

60th on November 16th

Gerry, who would celebrate his 60th birthday with a couple of cans on November 16th, was a staunch member of the Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery gang.

Barman Paul Reese was good to him and Gerry made himself useful running here and there locally for messages and the eventual reward.

Local undertaker, Bernard Tangney confirmed that, with the agreement of his family, they will take Gerry on one last lap of the town on Saturday at noon on his way to Clogher Cemetery for burial in the family plot there.

More Stories than Most

There will be a lot more stories about Gerry Murphy than you’ll hear about most of the rest of the town put together. Gerry was that kind of character.

I witnessed him passing a major test one day in Sheila’s.

Act of Kindness – Handsome Reward

A local man was by-the-way trying to make up the price of a pint and failing, Jerry, though not having had a good day on the street and being fiercely protective of his haul, chipped in to make up the man’s shortfall.

It was a rare but fortuitous investment and he was handsomely rewarded – it was one of those days.

Castleisland has lost another of its great characters and his last lap of the town at noon on Saturday is likely to be to a well attended farewell and finale.

May God be good to him.

Gerry’s Funeral Arrangements

A private family funeral will take place for Gerry with his Requiem Mass at 11am on Saturday in Castleisland Parish Church.

Burial afterwards in Clogher Cemetery Ballymacelligott.

Last Lap of the Town

The funeral cortége will depart Tangney’s Funeral Home on Saturday morning at 10:30am on route to Castleisland Parish Church.

It will depart the church at 12 noon approximately and travel up Main Street as far as the Old Library and then proceed down town on route to Clogher Cemetery.

Gerry’s Mass will be streamed live on:

Date Published: Friday 6th November 2020. Date of Death: Thursday 5th November 2020.

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