The Late Oorla Casey, née Landers, Crag, Castleisland and Kilfenora, Fenit, Co. Kerry

The Late Oorla Casey, née Landers, Crag, Castleisland and formerly of Kilfenora, Fenit, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Castleisland Races Committee treasurer, Ronan Bourke (left) and chairman, Charlie Farrelly presenting a cheque for €10,532,87 for the development of the children’s playground to Spraoi Oileán Chiarraí committee members, Oorla Casey (left) and Mary Burke at The Market Cross in August 2009. ©Photograph: John Reidy 27-8-2009
The late Oorla Casey (centre left) on a proud night for the Castleisland Community First Responder Group at the launch were: Kristine Broderick, Alan Hanafin, Kerry Civil Defence; John Broderick, Oorla Casey, Mairéad O’Connell, Neil Browne, Danielle O’Neill and Andrew Foran. ©Photograph: John Reidy 15-11-2019

The death has occurred of Oorla Casey, née Landers, Crag, Castleisland, Co Kerry and formerly of Kilfenora, Fenit, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Peacefully on January 8th 2024 in the presence of her loving family in the excellent care of the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry.

Sadly missed by her loving husband Con, her adored daughters Róisín, Saoirse and Bláthnaid, her parents Gerald and Nora, sisters Fiona, Deirdre, Niamh and Gráinne, mother-in-law Joan, aunts, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, all extended family, relatives neighbours and a large circle of friends.

May her Gentle Soul Rest In Peace.

Deep Community Involvement

Oorla Casey was deeply involved in her adopted community here in Castleisland.

She was a key figure in the setting up of the Mná Spraoí Oileán Chiarraí group which persistently but successfully campaigned and fund-raised for the building of the local children’s playground at Tonbwee.

She organised the first public meeting in the campaign and invited the support of her former neighbour Martin Ferris,TD on that night at the Ivy Leaf Art Centre in February 2007 and it went from there to its eventual opening in the spring of 2010.

She can also be credited as one the enthusiastic locals who answered the call when volunteers were needed to train and devote their time to the formation of the Castleisland First Responders.

Boundless Dedication

Here again her dedication was boundless. I know as I would get text and Email messages when a responders event was on the horizon.

She and her team-mates were involved in fundraising events for equipment and defibrillators. There was no bigger event than the night at the River Island Hotel in November 2019 when the Castleisland First Responders team was formed and ready to serve. It was a proud night and one of outstanding achievements for the team members individually and for all involved.

I missed Oorla from the line-up during my brief photographic visit to last month’s responders Christmas night out at the River Island Hotel. I rang her a couple of days later. She assured me that she was battling away with her illness and taking days as they came.

May God be good to her.

Oorla’s Funeral Arrangements  

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

Removal from her residence at Crag on Thursday morning at 10.30am arriving to Castleisland Parish Church for Requiem Mass at 11am, followed by cremation at 3pm at the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, Cork.

Oorla’s Mass will be live streamed on:

No flowers please. Donations in lieu to Palliative Care c/o Tangney’s Funeral Home House Private Please.

Thanks from Oorla’s Family 

Con and the girls and all Oorla’s extended family would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Patricia Sheehan and all the Palliative Care Team at University Hospital Kerry and to all those who showed exceptional care and kindness to Oorla and her family during her illness .

Date Published: Tuesday, January 9th 2024. Date of Death: Monday, January 8th 2024.

Tangney’s Funeral Home

Tangney’s Funeral Home, Church Street, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. V92 PH68 066 71 41554. Mobile: 087 68 68 191.

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