THERE was sadness in town this morning at news of the death of Donie Houlihan.
Donie, of Connolly Park and formerly of O’Rahillys Villas, was well known and loved throughout Tralee and beyond as a former publican, sportsman, raconteur and rogue, but above all a gentleman. He passed away last night after a brave battle with illness.
His family is synonymous with the Kerins O’Rahillys club and the pub in the Rock he ran with Richie back in the 1970s and 80s was a land-locked state of blue in the black and amber dominated street. This, no doubt, led to it being the scene of much craic and hopballing over the years.
Just three weeks ago, Donie was at the Strand Road club to hang the framed history of The Houlihan Cup competition – started by his family in the 1930s – on the wall in Charlie’s Bar.
He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Funeral arrangements are as follows; reposing at Gleasure’s Funeral Home from 4pm to 6pm on Friday. Removal after to St John’s Church.
Requiem mass at 10am on Saturday morning, with burial afterwards in Rath Cemetery. No flowers, donations to the Palliative Care Unit at University Hospital Kerry.