The late Mike Reidy, Knockachur and Tipperary Town

Mike Reidy, Willie Reidy, Michelle Reidy, Knockachur 13-1-1998
Top: The late Mike Reidy (right) with his brother Willie and his daughter, Michelle in Knockachur in 1998 as they prepared Beck Row Gypsy for the National Coursing Finals in Clonmel for that year. ©Photograph: John Reidy 13-1-1998
Below: The late Mike Reidy, Knockachur, Knocknagoshel and Tipperary Town (left) pictured with his brother Willie and his wife Marie at the annual Castleisland Races at Powell’s Road last June. ©Photograph: John Reidy 14-6-2015

The death has occurred of Michael (Mike) Reidy, Knochachur, Knocknagoshel and Tipperary Town.

Michael (Mike) Reidy, Knockachur, Knocknagoshel, Co. Kerry and Tipperary Town – where he was known with affection as ‘Castleisland Mick.’
On January 31st 2016, suddenly at his residence. Sadly missed by his loving brother Willie, sisters Nora, Margaret, Kathleen and Minnie, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, Marie, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends especially those in the greyhound industry.

Mike Reidy will be well remembered in Castleisland as he worked for years for the late Denis Daly the cattle dealer who lived in Killarney Road. The two were inseparable and it was more like a partnership than a employer / employee arrangement.

I remember a great evening in Sheila Prendiville’s in the late 1980s when Mike and Bob Begley arrived home from Milstreet coursing with a cup and the celebrations that followed. May God be good to them all.

It’s a fair gauge of his popularity that the Irish Coursing Club News website carries a touching tribute to Mike in the form of a bereavement notice as follows:

“Joy and laughter following the conclusion of a very successful National Meeting quickly changed to sadness last night when news broke that Mike Reidy, of Castleisland & Tipperary Town had passed away suddenly. Mike was Michael (Curly) O’Donovan’s right hand man and everyone in the sport of coursing knew this quietly spoken gentleman. We all got the nod and the smile from Mike as he passed us along the way with one of Michael’s runners over the three days of the festival. Even the girls from the ICC who operate the Lodge Gate entrance are very upset as Mike and Michael have a tradition of walking their runners out the gate and up the road for as long as they can remember and they were very fond of him. He was taken much too soon but it is appropriate that one of the last things he did was to bring one of Michael’s runners to slips for a Derby semi-final.

Our sincere sympathy to his brother and sisters and to the extended Reidy family. Also to Michael & Geraldine O’Donovan and their family and all the team at Reddans Walk. May he Rest In Peace,” 

Funeral Arrangements
Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Castleisland, Co. Kerry on Wednesday evening from 5pm to 7pm followed by removal to Castleisland Parish Church. Requiem Mass on Thursday at 11am.

Burial afterwards in Kilmurry Cemetery, Cordal. May He Rest In Peace.
Date Published: Monday 1st February 2016. Date of Death: Sunday 31st January 2016