The late Mick Ahern, Ahern’s Garage, Castleisland

Family affair: The late Mick Ahern pictured with his sons. Paul (left) and Pat at their Tralee Road headquarters in Castleisland.  ©Photograph: John Reidy 19/10/2007

The death has occurred of Mick Ahern, Dunrine, Killarney / Tralee, Co. Kerry and late of Ahern’s Garage, Castleisland and Gortatlea, Ballymacelligott, Tralee.

Beloved husband of Anne (nee King) and loving father of Rose, Michael, John, Martina, Pat, Paul, Ray and Eamonn.

Very sadly missed and dearly loved by his family, sons-in-law John Blackwell and Kieran Counihan, daughters-in-law Joanna, Grace, Noreen, Geraldine, his grandchildren Zara, Jane, Ewan, Naoimi, Christian, Joshua, Julie, Nathan, Claudia Rose, Connie, Andrea, Claire, Avril, Laura, Jack, Kate, Melissa, Sarah Louise, Leo and Catherine, his brother Dan, (Gortatlea; sisters Sheila Brosnan Castleisland; May Horgan, Spa, Tralee; Teresa Quirke, Fenit, Tralee and Nora Deery, USA; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Predeceased by his brothers John, Gortatlea and Pat, Newcastlewest. May He Rest In Peace.

Mick Made his Mark in Castleisland

In the deep, rich tapestry of Castleisland business history you’ll find the name, Mick Ahern stitched in there colourfully and solid.

The late Mick Ahern was very much part of the fabric of Castleisland life for years from his base at Ahern’s Garage on the verge of Limerick Road.

Customer Attention

Mick Ahern’s time coincided with a culture of customer attention and care. More often that not his car selling deals were clinched across the road over a leisurely lunch at the likes of The Castle Tavern.

The late Georgie O’Callaghan once told me that Mick was one of the most approachable business people in Castleisland when he wanted a dig out for his juvenile soccer teams.

Georgie was no slouch at pushing the boat out and Mick went as far as he could with him.

Mick made the big transition from the generations old base on Limerick Road – which was established by his uncle, Jack Ahern, to the new headquarters on Tralee Road just over a decade ago.

Retirement Beckoned

Retirement was beckoning by then and he steered his sons, Pat and Paul in their new direction and he surely passed on some of the secrets that set him and his modus operandi apart at the other end of town. May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at O’Shea’s Funeral Home, Cathedral Place, Killarney on Sunday evening from 3pm to 6pm.

Removal at 6pm on Sunday evening to St. Mary’s Cathedral. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10.30am, Burial afterwards in Aghadoe Lawn Cemetery, Killarney.

Date Published: Friday 18th May 2018. Date of Death: Thursday 17th May 2018.