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Dan Kelly RIP
It was with much sadness that our local community
learned of the death of Dan Kelly, Lisacoghill.
Dan died in the North West Hospice
on Wednesday, 14 September.
He was 86 years of age.
Born in Lisacoghill in August 1930,
Dan was the third child in the family of Michael and Bridget Kelly.
Having attended the nearby Lisacoghill school,
he started work in Arigna mines at an early age.
He spent 9 years working in the mines.
After he left the mines he worked for a while
on the various road schemes run by the County Council.
But for most of his life Dan worked on the family farm in Lisacoghill.
It was a common sight around Lisacoghill to see Dan on his bicycle
with buckets of nuts for the calves,
or a bag of nuts over the carrier.
Dan was a big strong man who was never afraid of hard work,
whether it be making the hay, digging the spuds
or cutting and saving the turf.
Dan enjoyed it all.
That’s where he was at his happiest.
Dan also loved to call to his neighbours for a chat.
He enjoyed meeting the people and talking
about the weather, the farming, the local news, whatever.
He was a big hearted man who extended a warm welcome to visitors.
He was well known for his strong and prolonged handshake.
And, if any of those neighbours ever needed a helping hand,
they knew that Dan would be always more than willing to help out in any way he could.
Though he didn’t play a musical instrument
he always enjoyed listening to music
and was regularly seen tapping his feet to the rhythm of the music.
He was also a man of deep faith.
Dan never missed the Sunday Mass
and he had his own set of prayers that he said every day.
Whenever he visited Knock he was always sure to bring home some little picture,
or some little statue, more often than not, one of his favourite saint, St Anthony.
Over the last 15 years or so Dan had to live with an illness that gradually incapacitated him.
He did so with great determination, with great courage and with deep faith.
In these last few years the illness severely restricted his mobility.
As a result, he first became housebound and eventually
had to become a resident in St Felim’s Nursing Home, Dromahair.
And over the last month or two, as his illness became more severe
he was admitted to Sligo University Hospital.
He spent the last few days of his life in the North West Hospice.
It was there that he died on Wednesday, September 14.
He is survived by his brother John (Lisacoghill), and by John’s wife, Celia.
He was predeceased by his brother James Patrick and by his sister Mary.
Dan’s funeral Mass was celebrated in Drumkeeran Church
on Saturday, September 17.
Chief celebrant was Fr Gerard Alwill,
assisted by Fr John Sexton, Killargue.
Dan was laid to rest in the Kelly family plot
at Curraghs Cemetery.