The Late Timmy O’Connor, 15 Desmonds Avenue, Castleisland, Co. Kerry

The Late Timmy O’Connor, Desmonds Avenue, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.
The Late Con Courtney and his work colleague and fellow GAA gate-man, the Late Timmy O’Connor on duty in Miltown in the early 2000s. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The death has occurred of Timmy O’Connor, 15 Desmonds Avenue, Castleisland, Co. Kerry and late of Nelligan’s Bakery, Limerick Road, Castleisland.

Peacefully on March 8th 2023 in the presence of his loving family in the wonderful care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry.

Beloved husband of the late Joan. Sadly missed and fondly remembered by his loving family: Mary Flaherty, Tralee; Noreen in England; Paudie in Tralee and Siobhán in Cork; sons-in-law Mike and John, daughter-in-law Elaine, dearest friend Ellen Lynch, his adored eight grandchildren and cherished three great-grandchildren, sister Kitty Commane, Castleisland; sisters-in-law Peggy and Patricia, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. May His Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

The Face at the Gate

If you didn’t know the late Timmy O’Connor from his days as a bread delivery van driver then you surely did from his dedicated role as the gate man at GAA pitches in various parts of the county.

You could meet himself and the late Connie Courtney anywhere in the county and they formed a friendly and jolly partnership and there were also colleagues and fellow bread delivery men at Nelligan’s Bakery.

Their years of pure dedication in all weather conditions surely slotted them into the Laochra Gael category of the GAA.

Bread Delivery Man

In spite of all the times we met at GAA grounds gates, it is as a bread delivery man that I remember Timmy most. One day in a village not a million miles from here I was in my role as apprentice carpenter and messenger / tea boy. I was sent to the local shop for cigarettes for the men and I encountered Timmy and got a very welcome bun from the encounter.

Timmy arrived into the shop and asked the lady behind the counter how many loaves she wanted and he had a sample in his hand. “Have you any bigger than that,” she asked. “I have of course maam,” she said with a wink in my direction.

“Watch this” he said to me as he massaged the loaf in the back of the van and plumped it up and drew it out. I sat on the shop window and waited to see how he got on.

“She’s taking a dozen of them now,” he said with a big smile. Job done. God be good to you Timmy.

Timmy’s Funeral Arrangements

Timmy reposed at his residence on Friday evening from 6pm to 8pm.

Removal from his residence on Saturday morning at 10:30am arriving to Castleisland Parish Church for Requiem Mass at 11am.

Burial afterwards in St. John’s Cemetery, Castleisland. The Mass will be live-streamed on

Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Palliative Care c/o Tangney’s Funeral Home or via online Donate link ”Kerry Hospice”. Condolences to the family via link below.

Date Published: Thursday 9th March 2023. Date of Death: Wednesday 8th March 2023.

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