Obituaries: Offaly


Bennett, Jim
The death occurred recently of the late Jim Bennett and it was with great regret that the local community heard of his passing.
28 February 2005

Bourke, Padraig
The death took place on September 10 of Padraig Bourke of Coonough.
14 September 2005

Bracken, James
The late Mr. James (Jim) Bracken of Arden Vale and formerly Harbour Street, Tullamore, died May 8, 2006 in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore.
24 May 2006

Breen, Michael and Kit
Well known Birr couple Michael and Kathleen Breen died within two months of each other late last year.
15 July 2010

Brennan, Catherine
Offaly's oldest person and Ireland's ninth oldest citizen has died in her 106th year.
01 April 2009

Brereton, Sean
Edenderry was in mourning last week following the sudden death of one of the town’s best loved characters, the legendary Sean (“Dutch”) Brereton.
30 June 2003

Brophy, Michael
The parish of Killeigh and wider surrounding areas were deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Michael (Mick) Brophy aged 66 on July 26 last at his residence in the Meelaghans.
20 August 2008

Buckley, Andrew
The death took place at his daughter Jacinta’s residence in Kilrush, County Clare on June 20, 2006, (peacefully) of the late Andrew (Andy) Buckley formerly of Main St., Daingean. He was employed by CWO Midland Health Board, Tullamore until he retired some years ago.
18 June 2006

Byrne, Michael
The sad death has taken place of Michael Byrne, a key member of the famous Offaly team that won the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship for the first and only time in 1964.
30 November 2007

Byrne, Michael Noel
It was with great sadness to hear of the passing of Michael Noel Byrne in December.
12 January 2012

Byrne, Mick
This column had wished a very ill Michael (Mick) Byrne of Collinstown (formerly of Staplestown) a speedy recovery to health. Unfortunately Mick breathed his last, leaving a big void in the locality. Mick was a kind, friendly ’never in a hurry’ individual, a perfectionist at his work and a great neighbour.
17 November 2005

Byrne, Rose
The sad passing of Rose Byrne, St Cormac’s Park, Kilcormac on October 16, 2006, generated mush sadness in Kilcormac and Tullamore, and indeed, a far wider area.
15 November 2006

Cahill, Jimmy
The death occurred of Jimmy Cahill, Cribben Terrace, Crinkle on the 15th March 2006, aged 74 years at the Regional Hospital Tullamore after a long illness.
05 July 2006

Carey, Peter
The death has taken place of an Offaly football hero from the all important break through years in the early '60s.
07 April 2011

Carey, Peter
The death has taken place of an Offaly football hero from the all important break through years in the early '60s.
07 April 2011

Carroll, John
The passing to his eternal reward of John Carroll, although not unexpected evoked feelings of great sadness among the local community.
31 May 2005

Carter, Cathy
The late Cathy Carter.
29 April 2007

Chapman, Mick
The Club and town lost a link with the past with the passing of Mick Chapman, Main Street. Mick was a noted footballer in his younger days on the famous Jimmy Dolan trained Minor teams of 1948 and 1949.
03 May 2006

Clarke, John
The death has taken place of John Clarke, a renowned GAA historian and archivist who has done much to preserve the history of Gaelic games in both Offaly and nationally.
15 October 2009

Coleman, Christopher (Chris)
The death took place recently of Mr Christopher Coleman, Bogtown, Cloneygowan after a short illnes
09 July 2009

Coleman, Joseph Kieran
Joe Coleman came to Britain in the 1960's but Ireland was never far from his heart. Mr Coleman, originally from Shannonbridge in Co. Offaly
22 January 2011

Corcoran, Bernard
Widespread grief occasioned by the death of former Fine Gael councillor, Mr Bernard Corcoran.
24 December 2006

Corrigan, Anne
The recent sudden death of the late Mrs Anne Corrigan, Clonmore, Tullamore was greeted with widespread grief in Cappincur, Ballinagar, Tullamore, Belmont and throughout Offaly and the wider Midlands.
18 March 2009

Cotter, Paddy
WELL known photographer Paddy Cotter, Hollypark, Birr and formally of Ennistymon, Co Clare, passed to his eternal reward on Tuesday, August 31 and for many years he contributed photographs to the Offaly Express.
30 September 2004

Coughlan, John
A week before Christmas the death occurred of John Coughlan, Bellhill, Clareen, the President of Seir Kieran GAA Club.
23 January 2008

Craven. Kevin
The closely knit community in Rahan and Mucklagh was plunged into mourning with the tragic and sudden death of a talented young player.
03 January 2007

Croke, Kevin
Kevin Croke, Glynside and formerly of 82 Main Street, Portlaoise, died at his residence on Friday December 26th. He was 88.
03 January 2004

Cronin, Jack
Ballyfore GAA Club lost two of its longest serving members, with the sad passing of Maureen Kane and Johnny Cronin.
30 December 2005

Daly, Jimmy
On Wednesday, September 29 2004, Ireland lost its one and only most loyal and faithful GAA fan.

31 October 2004

Daly, Vincent
Offaly lost one of its most widely known and respected figures with the death of Vincent Daly after a prolonged illness. His wide circle of friends in Ireland and London were shocked by the news of his untimely death at the early age of 63 years.
30 June 2003

Dealaney , Joe
Late Willie Joe Delaney
07 October 2010

Delaney, Michael
The death took place of Mr. Michael Delaney, Spruce Hill, Roscrea. He was in his late seventies and had been in failing health for sometime, never the less his passing is greatly mourned by all who knew him.
30 October 2007

Dillon, Aidan
Fond Farwell to Mr Reliant Warwickshire GAA bids farewell to the big man with the small car
29 August 2009

Dillon, Gerry
It was with a mixture of shock, dismay and mind numbing sadness that members and supporters of Killurin GAA club learnt to the sudden death of Gerry Dillon of Gorteen, Tullamore.
29 October 2008

Direen, Pat
It was with a mixture of shock, disbelief and mind numbing sadness that we heard news of the death of Pat Direen last Wednesday morning.
03 February 2011

Dolan, Paddy
The death took place recently of Mr Paddy Dolan, Ballyduff, Geashill at his residence.
15 July 2009

Dooley, Desmond
The passing of Desmond Dooley, Clonoghill, Birr on the 15th of August last in the loving care of the matron and staff of the Regional Hospital, Tullamore was received with great sadness throughout Offaly.
31 October 2004

Dooley, Joe
It was with deep sense of shock that the people of Offaly heard of the death of Joe Dooley (83), Lisheen, Birr, who was from almost 20 years a member of Offaly County Council.
31 January 2005

Dooley, Joe
The passing of the late Joe Dooley, Crinkle,Birr occurred recently in the loving care of the matron and staff of Elmgrove Nursing Home, Birr.
31 March 2005

Dooley, Joe
It was with deep sense of shock that the people of Offaly heard of the death of Joe Dooley (83), Lisheen, Birr, who was from almost 20 years a member of Offaly County Council.
21 January 2005

Dooley, Michael
The people of Borris-in-Ossory and surrounding areas were saddened by the death last week of the late Micheal Dooley, Castle Avenue, Derrin, Borris-in-Ossory.
09 May 2012

Dunne, Gerry
The sudden death of Gerry Dunne, Killurin on Monday, March 19th, 2007 was greeted with great shock and sadness both locally and well beyond. Just 61 years old, Gerry was very well and popular in many circles.
28 March 2007

Egan, Seamus
Ferbane and Offaly lost as much loved son on Holy Thursday with the passing of Seamus’ as he was known was one of the greatest characters you would ever meet around Ferbane.
26 March 2008

Farrell, Peter
Edenderry experienced one of its biggest funerals at the weekend following the tragic death of Peter Farrell.
20 September 2011

Farrell, Sean T
The death occurred at his home in Mucklagh, Tullamore of prominent local businessman Sean T Farrell.
30 January 2008

Feery, John
The sudden death of John Feery sent shock waves through Ballycommon and much further afield, as the popular Ballycommon man was well-known in tug-o-war circles right throughout Ireland and indeed in many parts of the world.
13 September 2006

Feery, Michael
Mick Feery (Micky) died peacefully, surrounded by his family, in the Regional Hospital, Tullamore, on July 23, 2006, after a relatively short illness. He was Clara’s oldest man and the last surviving member of the Biddies.
02 August 2006

Fenlon, Paddy
Paddy Fenlon, a former Offaly footballer and selector passed to his eternal reward.
24 December 2005

Gleeson, PK
The death occurred on Thursday last in the Regional Hospital Galway after a short illness of PK Gleeson, Portland Lorrha.
20 January 2011

Guinan, Veronica
It was with profound sadness that the community learned of the death of Veronica Guinan (nee Foley) on 15th March 2004 at Beaumont Hospital.
30 June 2004

Hensey, Eamon
The late Eamon Hensey passed to his eternal on September 2nd, 2005.
02 September 2005

Hoctor, Denis
Denis Hoctor, Cronkill, Carrig, Birr was just a month short of his 90th birthday when his death occurred and news of his passing evoked widespread sympathy throughout the area.
23 November 2003

Hughes, Patsy
The death of former Offaly, Cloghan and Tullamore footballer, Patsy Hughes after a lengthy illness was greeted with great sadness by his former playing colleagues and many friends in the county.
03 December 2005

Hynan, Tom
Local man Tom Hynan died following a brief illness on Tuesday, May 8, 2006. His death occurred in the Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Living in the village all his life he was an employee of Board Na Mona for most of his working years and was in a supervisory role for a number of years prior to retirement.
17 May 2006

Jones, Peter
There was a huge air of sadness over Rhode Village when the news broke through of the death of Peter Jones after a long illness.
06 September 2006

Kane, Maureen
Ballyfore GAA Club lost one of its longest serving members recently, with the sad passing of Maureen Kane.
22 February 2006

Keane, Michael
The death occurred suddenly of Mr Michael Keane, Bailrath, Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, and formerly of Rhode, Co Offaly and Brierfield, Ballinasloe.
01 June 2007

Kelly, Bill
Offaly and Ballycumber GAA were in mourning following the death of one of the best known GAA supporters in the county, the late Bill Kelly.
20 April 2005

Kelly, Brendan
The death has taken place of a legendary Edenderry and Offaly supporter, Brendan kelly.
22 February 2006

Kelly, Brendan
The entire town of Edenderry was shocked when the news broke of the sudden death of Brendan Kelly, J.K.L. Street.
09 March 2006

Kelly, Paddy
The town of Banagher was saddened by the death of one of its eldest sons, Paddy Kelly, Main Street, Banagher. He died on Thursday night, January 18th, 2007 in the comfort of his home, surrounded by his family.

21 February 2007

Kennedy, Michael
On 11th February 2010 Michael Kennedy, Crinkle Birr passed away in the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, after a relatively short illness.
29 April 2010

Kennedy, Tess
The death has taken place of Tess Kennedy, Gilroy Avenue, Edenderry.
29 June 2006

Kidney, Michael (Mick)
The death of the late Michael Kidney caused widespread grief not only in Tullamore and Offaly but throughout the country and as far afield as the U.K. recently
08 November 2008

Kilroy, Sean
One of the most talented footballers ever to come out of Mucklagh passed away last Friday.
26 June 2011

Kinsella, Tom
The death of Mr Tom Kinsella, 50 High Street, Birr, occurred last June.
12 January 2012

Larkin, Paddy
The death occurred of one of the guiding lights behind Tullamore Hurling club. Paddy Larkin passed away peacefully in his sleep after a lengthy illness.
18 October 2006

Lawless, Seamus
The death took place on Tuesday 23rd January, 2007 of Seamus Lawless of Kishavanny. In his seventies, Seamus had been in ill health for some time but he bore his illness bravely and with great courage.
14 March 2007

Lee, Gerry
The death took place of Gerry Lee, Knocknagogue, Clooney.
26 February 2006

Loughnane, Michael
The death of Michael Loughnane, Woodlands Park, Birr recently after a short illness evoked widespread grief not only in Birr but throughout the country.
14 May 2008

Lowry, Paddy
The recent death of Paddy Lowry, Forelacka, Kinnitty, saw the passing of a great friend, folklorist, historian and author. Born in the heart of the Slieve Blooms, of farming stock, Paddy worked the land, as did his ancestors before him. He loved the area in which he lived and visited the old people on many occasions and listened to their stories.
21 March 2013

Mahon, Hugh
The death occurred on Christmas Eve of Killurin GAA Club’s lifelong, President, Mr Hugh Mahon, Killurin.
03 January 2004

Mahon, PJ
The death took place recently of one of life's gentlemen, PJ Mahon, who made a massive contribution to the GAA in a variety of roles during his long life.
25 July 2013

Malone, Joe
The death took place on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 of Joseph (Joe) Malone, late of Ballinahemmy, Clonaslee.
28 February 2007

Mangan, Patrick
Patrick ’Paddy’ Mangan was born in Killane, Edenderry on March 21, 1920 and he passed to his eternal reward on August 28, 2006.
11 October 2006

Martin, Michael
The club would like to extend their sympathy to the Martin family on the death of Michael (Mickey). Mickey played football with the club during the 70’s and early 80’s
02 April 2008

McCormack, Michael
The news of passing of Michael McCormack, Ballyegan, Birr in his 78th year in the loving care of the nurses and staff at the General Hospital, Tullamore in January was received with great sadness.
12 April 2006

McGee, Noel
The Offaly GAA world was in shock with the sudden passing of one of the great figures from the past.
08 February 2006

McGee, Noel
GAA heroes and legends from throughout the county and further a field turned out in vast numbers to provide a memorable and apt send off for Offaly GAA legend, Noel McGee at his funeral.
15 February 2006

McIntyre, Mick
Great sadness was occasioned by the recent death of St Rynagh’s Football Club life President, Michael McIntyre.
30 June 2004

McIntyre, Paddy
Paddy McIntyre who died in a Dublin hospital was one of Offaly’s outstanding footballers and hurlers in the thirties and forties.
06 June 2007

Mitchell, Willie
It was with sadness and regret that Willie was laid to rest
07 June 2008

Morris, Seamus
The death occurred at the Regional Hospital. Portlaoise of well-known sportsman and businessman, Seamus Morris of Spollenstown, Tullamore. Mr Morris, who was aged 80, had been in ill health for some time.
02 August 2006

Murphy, Joe
Joe Murphy died peacefully surrounded by his family at his home at Raheenmoyle on Sunday 23rd, July, 2006.
23 August 2006

Murphy, Michael
The Late Michael Murphy, RIP
11 November 2010

Nugent, Margaret (Peg)
Margaret (Peg) Nugent, more affectionately known to most as Nanny Nugent, passed away peacefully on 27th November 2012.
20 December 2012

O'Keefe, Tomas
Tomas O'Keefe, (O'Caoimh) Church Street and formerly of the Curragh, Clara, Co Offaly died suddenly on March 28.
17 May 2009

O'Keeffe, Tommy
Tommy O'Keeffe, Church Street and formerly of the Curragh, Clara, Co.Offaly died suddenly on March 28.
24 June 2009

O’Connell, Pat
It was with great sadness that the people of tullamore hear the news that Pat O’Connell of Convent View had passed away, only weeks after his beloved wife Mary. Although he had been in ill-health for some time he was always such a larger than life character that everyone assumed he would overcome his illness.
03 May 2006

O’Connell, Pat
The death has taken place of Tullamore man, Pat O’Connell (Convent View) who is one of a unique group of Offaly people to have refeThe death has taken place of Tullamore man, Pat O’Connell (Convent View) who is one of a unique group of Offaly people to have referred an All-Ireland senior hurling final. rred an All-Ireland senior hurling final.
10 May 2006

O’Keeffe, John
The death occurred on August 23 of John O’Keeffe, Coolnahiley, Tullamore and formerly of Erryarmstrong, Clara. He passed away peacefully after a short illness in the loving care of the staff at the surgical ward of Midlands Regional Hospital in Tullamore.
30 August 2007

O’Shaughnessy, Patsy
There was widespread shock in the community when news spread of the sudden death of Patsy O’Shaughnessy. Fifty two year old Patsy was in food health but sadly died suddenly in his sleep.
10 May 2006

Offaly mourns Mick Spain
Gaelic games in Offaly lost one of its most distinguished servants at the weekend with the sad passing of the legendary Mick Spain.
07 February 2011

Pardy, Kevin
The sudden death of Kevin Pardy, aged 48 Derrinsallow and formerly of High Street, Birr was received with great sadness in Birr and the parish of Lorrha.
24 January 2006

Pardy, Peter
On October 28th, 2011 Peter Pardy, Kileen, Birr and formerly of High Street, suffered serious injuries while working in High Street, Birr.
12 January 2012

Parkinson, Christy
The death of Mr Christy Parkinson, Roscrea Road, Birr occurred recently and evoked much sympathy in the area.
10 March 2009

Purcell, Michael
The death took place on Thursday, November 17 of Michael Purcell, Roscrea Road, Birr followed by an accident outside his residence.
23 November 2005

Quinlan, Michael Snr
The death of Michael ’Mikey’ as his friends knew him, while expected, left all in shock. On a bright Autumn September morn he left us. His life was one spent to fulfilment.
27 September 2003

Quinn, Paul
The sudden death of Paul Quinn, Lacka, Carrig, Birr aged 73 years shocked the people of Birr and Carrig.
13 December 2006

Rabbette, Donal
Clara and Tullamore were in deep shock following the sudden death, in New York, of Clara businessman, Donal Rabbette, Kilcoursey, at the age of 38.
12 July 2006

Rafferty, Joe
People of Cloghan and the surrounding area were filled with deep sadness when they learned of the sudden and untimely death of Joe Rafferty Senior on January 5th.
23 January 2008

Rice, Martin
On Friday, September 8th, 2006 in the care of his family and nurses of ICU Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore, Martin Rice Snr, 11 Newbridge Street, Birr passed to his eternal reward.
11 October 2006

Rigney, John
The passing of John Rigney, Park, Banagher on the 22nd March, 2007 after a short illness, was received with great sadness in the area. He was in his 86th year having lived out a long and fulfiled life in his native Park.
31 March 2007

Rochford, Bernard
There was much regret at the death of Bernard Rochford of Emmet St on Friday December 14. Bernard, formerly of Durrow in Offaly, was a long term member of the community in Mountmellick and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
18 December 2012

Rogers, Charles Edmund (Eddie)
Mr Charles Edmund (Eddie) Rogers, The Bungalow, Sragh, Tullamore, whose death occurred on Sunday last the 26th July 2009 at the Regional General Hospital, Tullamore, was a well known and highly respected journalist for almost sixty years.
29 July 2009

Ryan, Ger
The longest day of the year had ended a short time earlier when death intervened for Gerry Ryan, Burke's Hill, Birr in the Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore.
15 July 2009

Ryan, Philip 'Sonny'
The death occurred last week of one of Coolderry's and Offaly's most famous sons, Philip, better known to all as Sonny, Ryan. Sonny had a long and distinguished career with both Cooldeny and Offaly.
25 July 2013

Ryan, Sean
The death has taken place of an Offaly football hero from the early '60s. Sean Ryan, Portarlington and formerly of Ballinahown, died suddenly last week and there was a huge crowd at his removal and funeral.
08 March 2012

Ryan, Shane
The Belmont club and the wider community is in mourning after the tragic passing of one of our finest members, Shane Ryan, in motoring accident.
20 February 2005

Ryland, Jackie
On the 22nd of August 2003, Jackie Ryland passed away to his eternal reward. His death evoked much sadness and emotion, not only in Banagher but right throughout the Faithful County and beyond.
05 October 2003

Ryland, Jackie
The death of Mr Jackie Ryland, Main Street, Banagher, evoked widespread sympathy throughout the county, where he was widely known and highly respected.
31 August 2003

Scally, Kevin
The sad death has taken place of an Offaly football hero from the 1940s and 1950s. Kevin Scally, a native of Ballycommon, passed away in London, where he has lived for many years and he was buried in the English capital.
16 May 2007

Sheeran, Pat
The sad passing of Pat Sheeran in the loving care of his brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, at his home in Williams St., Birr, was received with great sadness, particularly in his home town of Birr and nationally.
29 November 2006

Sheppard, Eamon
The death occurred in St Kieran’s Nursing Home Rathcabbin of Eamon Sheppard, Kileen, and formerly of Newbridge St, Birr. Eamon was well known in set dancing circles and up until recently, though in failing health, he managed to attend a number of Ceilithe and lent encouragement to those taking part.
04 January 2006

Smullen, Paddy
The death has taken place of former Rhode footballer, Paddy Smullen.
15 October 2005

Spain, Desmond
The death occurred on January 11th of Mr Desmond Spain, causing great sadness to his family and friends.
20 February 2005

Spain, Eugene
Shamrocks and Drumcullen GAA Clubs were in mourning when news emerged of the death of Eugene Spain.
06 August 2005

Spain, Micheal
The untimely death of Michéal Spain at a relatively young age occasioned much sadness in his native Kilcormac and Offaly.
30 November 2007

Spillane, Brendan
On Monday October 6, 2003, Brendan Spillane passed away. When the news broke, it caused shock and disbelief in the entire community.
22 November 2003

Tobin, John
Real 'characters' are few and far between in modern day society, but Walter, who passed away suddenly last Monday, was a genuine character in every sense.
17 July 2008

Tooher, William
It was American Independence Day 4th July when people came from the four corners of the parish of Kilcolman and from neighbouring counties to bid their farewell to William Tooher.
31 July 2003

Wall, Tommy
There was great sadness in Edenderry last week with the news of the death of Tommy Wall, Fr. Paul Murphy Street.
13 November 2008

Wright, Mary
The death took place in Navan Hospital on December 16 of the late Mary Wright, St. Mary’s Terrace, Daingean at the wonderful age of 90 years.
21 December 2005

Wyer, Frank
The death has occurred of a former member of Offaly County Council, Frank Wyer, Cushina, Portarlington.
15 August 2013