The Late Dermot O’Leary, Knockrour East, Scartaglen

The Scartaglen based Sliabh Luachra Drama Group members: co-director, Nora Walsh (left) pictured with the late Dermot O’Leary and Catheriona Hickey preparing for their roles in the George Fitzmaurice play ‘The King of the Barna Men’ which was opened by Jimmy Deenihan, TD Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht at Scartaglin Heritage Centre in February 2013. ©Photograph: John Reidy 3-2-2013
The late Dermot O’Leary, Knockrour East, Scartaglen. ©Photograph: John Reidy
The late Dermot O’Leary (back right) with management and committee members of Castleisland Co-Op Mart before their 2000 annual general meeting at the offices. Seated from left: Tim Twomey, Vice Chairman; Richard Harnett, Manager; Jimmy Roche, Chairman; Gerard Carmody, Secretary and Paddy Browne, Committee Member. Standing from left: Neilie Shanahan, Johnny Scanlon, Tadhg O’Brien, Matt Keane, Tommy Brosnan, Sean Brosnan, Charlie Keane and Dermot O’Leary all committee members. ©Photograph: John Reidy 7-9-2000

The death has occurred of Dermot O’Leary, Knockrour East, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry on June 30th, 2018.

Peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff of University Hospital Kerry. Dermot will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Mary nee Reidy and devoted children, Danny and Eileen, daughter-in-law Claire and his adored grandson, Andy.

Deeply regretted by his loving family, sisters Joan Halliden, Newmarket and Maimie Breen, Boherbue, brothers Denis in Killarney and Dan in Lexlip, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and large circle of friends. Rest in Peace.

Mart Committee Member

As a member of Castleisland Co-Op Mart Committee the late Dermot O’Leary is remembered for his dedication and honesty.

“I’m glad to be able to say that we were good friends for over 40 years,” said former mart chairman, Johnnie Roche.

“The mart and its workings were the number one priority for Dermot. I think it’s a great tribute to him that he tried to retire a couple of times but the committees of the day impressed on him that they were keen to keep him there.

“A dedicated and honest man is how I’ll remember him – God rest him,” said Mr. Roche.

Sliabh Luachra Drama Group

Dermot’s sense of dedication and loyalty also shines through his participation in the Sliabh Luachra Drama Group.

Paying tribute to him at the weekend, Nora Walsh said the a group is just like one big family and the loss of a father figure is a huge blow to the group.

“No one knows the amount of work Dermot has put into the production of our plays going back over the years,” said Nora.

“He even converted one of his sheds at home into a workshop for the making and storage of the backdrops and props.

“As you know we pulled the plug on our play earlier this year when we knew Dermot wasn’t well and we had hoped to get him back – but it wasn’t to be.

“Dermot is an awful loss to our group as a friend and colleague and to a lot more than us with whom he shared that enthusiasm and dedication,” Nora concluded.

May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Daly’s Funeral Home, Scartaglen, on this Monday evening from 5.30pm until 8pm. Removal at 8pm to the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Scartaglen. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 12 noon. Burial in Scartaglen Cemetery.

Family flowers only please.

Donations if desired to The Palliative Care Unit, University Hospital Kerry. House private please.

Date Published: Saturday 30th June 2018. Date of Death: Saturday 30th June 2018.