Castleisland native, Joan Herlihy (nee Quinlan), passed away at her home in Lissivigeen, Killarney on February 12th. of this year. Her love of the outdoors, a family trait she brought from Castleisland with her, was clearly evident in her obituary which was written by family members.
Excerpts from the obituary clearly show that what her family and friends are planning for Saturday May 30th would really be her dust – as we say here.
“In Killarney, Joan had all she ever wanted in the most beautiful of settings with mountains and lakes and her beloved Mangerton, her mountain. It always had a special place in her heart. Joan never lost her love of animals and quickly established a mini zoo of all creatures great and small around her home in Lissivigeen which she maintained to the end,” as we read in Joan’s obituary.
Great Community Spirit
“She had a great community spirit and always got involved in the local activities spending many years helping with the Scouts, Spa Muckross community games, Lissivigeen School, and fundraising despite battling cancer for the last 14 years. When she was first diagnosed with cancer at age 39 she never complained or bemoaned her fate. She had a great determination to raise her family and live life to the full. She always did lots of voluntary work and had plans for adventure either camping or skiing with her family or cycling with friends. Joan was a good neighbour and in return had many good neighbours and a wide circle of friends.”
Walk With Us
Now, her friends in Killarney have organised a charity walk and a poster on the notice board of An Riocht AC here in her native town caught my eye this morning. All you need to know about the event is here or on the poster: ‘Walk with us in the footsteps of Joan Herlihy’ in aid of Oncology Day Unit Kerry General Hospital. Walk 1 Mangerton Mountain (3-4 hours) registration at 10am. Start: 11am from Mangerton car park (appropriate footwear required). Walk 2 Muckross & Dinis (1-2 hours) registration at 12pm. Start: 1pm from the Old School House Muckross car park. Sat., May 30th. Voluntary contributions on the day. Meet afterwards at 4pm in the Torc Hotel, Mallow Road where refreshments and entertainment will be provided. For further info contact: Dave on: 087 62 97 514 or Paul on 085 75 04 477.