The late Denis O’Riordan, The Village, Scartaglin

The late Denis O’Riordan in his native Scartaglin. ©Photograph: John Reidy 20-5-2017

The death has occurred of Denis O’Riordan, The Village, Scartaglen, Co. Kerry. Formerly of O’Riordan’s Garage, Scartaglen.

Peacefully, on January 4th 2019 in the excellent care of the staff of Cúil Dídin Nursing Home, Tralee.

Predeceased by his brothers: Stephen, Paddy and Johnny. Deeply regretted by his sister, Margaret and brother Jeremiah.

Sadly missed by his loving family, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Rest in peace.

A Mechanic by Trade and Thought

Like many of his generation from Scartaglin, Denis was a regular customer at Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery here in Castleisland.

He had the knack of perfectly summing up any discussion with a short, sharp sentence.

Denis was a mechanic by trade and thought. One day shortly before Sheila passed away in early 2008, Denis enquired, of her nephew and barman, Paul Reece, about her state of health.

When he heard that she was on her way out he retorted: “She’ve the milage up.”

I met Denis in Scart during World Fiddle Day in May 2017 and I made an enquiry about his own health. True to form, he replied with a smile: “I’m just tickin over.”

There was only one Denis Riordan. May God be good to him.

Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at his residence on this Sunday evening, January 6th from 4pm until 8pm. Requiem Mass on Monday in the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Scartaglen at 12 noon.

Burial in Scartaglen Cemetery.

Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Date Published: Friday 4th January 2019. Date of Death: Friday 4th January 2019.

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