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Saturday 3 December 2016

Hundreds mourn 'The Carpet Man'

Ryan Nugent

Published 26/07/2016 | 02:30

The remains of Des Kelly, founder of Des Kelly Carpets arrive at the Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath this afternoon for his funeral Mass. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
The remains of Des Kelly, founder of Des Kelly Carpets arrive at the Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath this afternoon for his funeral Mass. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Friends and family follow behind the remains of Des Kelly in Ratoath, Co Meath. Photo: Colin Keegan

Known during his life as 'The Carpet Man', businessman Des Kelly was remembered by mourners as a very generous man who was deeply involved with homeless charities.

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Mr Kelly (75) passed away suddenly last week and was laid to rest following funeral mass at Holy Trinity Church, Ratoath, Co Meath.

Bill Cullen
Bill Cullen

Amongst hundreds of mourners paying their last respects in his home town of Ratoath were fellow businessman Bill Cullen and former Bohemians footballer Roddy Collins.

Mr Kelly was a staunch Bohs supporter and sponsored the club's team shirt for more than a decade.

Fr Gerry Stuart, who knew Mr Kelly well, said he was heavily involved in charity work but didn't like to publicise it.

"He intuitively knew those who were in difficulty and he helped where and when he could, and indeed there have been many stories told about this aspect of Des's life in the past few days," Fr Stuart said. "He did fantastic work - beds for the homeless hostel in Dublin. Then through the Legion of Mary, he volunteered to help with the homeless in North Brunswick Street and became president of the Morning Star hostel."

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