The Late John A. Nolan, 2 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The house rose briefly for this photograph one day in 1997:  John Reidy, Mikey Conway, Jim Lordan, RIP; Paul Reese, John A. Nolan, RIP; and Mike Kenny, RIP; outside Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery.  Photograph: Ruth Maguire 1-7-1997.
Michael ‘Ikey’ Sweeney, Castleisland, RIP;  Jack Hurley, Scartaglin, RIP; and John A. Nolan, Castleisland, RIP pictured at their ease in Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery in Castleisland. ©Photograph: John Reidy 4-11-1993.

The death has occurred of John A.Nolan 2 St. Stephen’s Park, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.

An ex-employee of Rhyno Mills, Castleisland, John A. passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 19th 2021, in his 92nd year.

Beloved father of the late Denis and Liz. Sadly missed by his loving wife Margaret, sons: Donal, John, Brendan and Padraig, daughters Margaret and Marie, sons-in-law Tommy, Dan and John, daughter-in-law Geraldine, his adored grandchildren: Jamie, Zoe, Domnic, Amanda and Tamara, great-grandchildren Brody and Eliza, brother Brennie, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends.

May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

The late John A. had an insatiable appetite for knowledge on anything environmental. He was a life long angler. The ‘Small Maine’ from Tommy’s Bridge to Camp Bridge was his favourite beat.

He placed his faith on a small handful of flies like the Blue Dun, Red Spinner, March Brown and the like. I gave him a Coachman and a Royal Coachman on one occasion and they went into his fly box and I doubt if they ever tempted a trout or sailed over the ripples of the River Maine.

Miles and Roads Together

From his time with Rhyno Mills he developed a keen interest and knowledge of the people and places his travels took him. Himself and Jackson Breen travelled many miles and roads together.

Whenever anyone from his area of coverage came into Sheila Prendiville’s Bar and Grocery, John A. never wasted a moment in catching up on the farms and farmers and the different little country shops and Rhyno stockists they encountered in the course of their travels.

Second Steering Wheel

He enjoyed telling the story of the time he found an old steering wheel at the mill and he brought it with him. When they would be passing through a town or village he held the wheel up at the same level as the lorry driver and mimicked him

He remembered one man on a straight country road who spotted the two wheel lorry cab and he stood watching the lorry until they drove out of sight.

Top-of-the-Town Blacksmiths

Regulars at The Market Bar, John A. and my father Michael Reidy were great friends as their fathers, Denny Nolan and Johnny Reidy worked together as blacksmiths at the forge at the top of the town – which the Culloty brothers, Tom and Dan took on later.

Widely read, John A. could hold court on a range of topics but was out on his own when dwelling on flowers and seeding, on songbirds, old Castleisland rugby teams on which he played – and his beloved angling.

May God be good to him.

John A’s Funeral Arrangements

Reposing at Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland, on Thursday evening from 5pm to 7pm.

Requiem Mass on Friday morning at 11am in Castleisland Parish Church, followed by burial in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland. The Mass will be live-streamed on

Family flowers only.

House Private Please

Please note: On HSE advice, if attending the funeral, please wear a mask and avoid shaking hands.

 Date Published: Wednesday 20th October 2021. Date of Death: Tuesday 19th October 2021.

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