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Friday 25 April 2014

Owen's life revolved around his family and his friends

Owen Keenan 1926 - 2012

OWEN KEENAN, Drumcondra, Dublin, who died suddenly at his residence on June 6, was óoriginally from Spellickanee, Riverstown, Dundalk.

Aged 86, he was the son of Peter and Brigid Keenan. He was educated at Aghameen National School and while there, joined the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. He remained a lifelong member and was very proud of the Gold pin he received from Ravensdale Pioneer Centre some years ago.

Owen was a hard working farmer who had a deep love of the land, but was particularly interested in sheep farming.

He is remembered fondly by many as a beautiful singer and gifted accordion player.

He moved to Dublin 45 years ago and remained there until the time of his death, working in CIE until his retirement.

A devout Catholic and a man of great faith, Owen attended daily Mass in St. Peter's Church, Phibsboro, or St. Joseph's Church, Berkeley Road.

He loved living in Dublin and made many friends there.

Unmarried, he remained in contact with his family at all times, particularly with his brother, Pete, and sister, Vera Matthews.

He took joy and pleasure in regularly spending time with them, and also with the wider family circle of nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grand-nieces and greatgrand-nephews and grand-nieces.

For the entire family, his passing has left a void.

Owen is survived by his brother, Pete; sister, Vera; nephews and nieces.

He was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Brigid; his sisters, Mollie Kelly (Omeath), Alice Dowdall (Clontigora) and his nephew, Pete Matthews (Newry).

After reposing at the residence of his niece, Vera Malone, Castletowncooley, Owen's remains were taken to St. Mary's Church, Lordship for Requiem Mass, celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Padraig Murphy. P.P., who delivered the eulogy.

Readings, Bidding Prayers and Offertory Gifts were all carried out by family members.

Beautiful music and singing was provided by Olivia Finnegan, Roisin Crawley and grand-niece Lorraine Dunne.

Burial took place after Mass in Lordship Cemetery.

The family thank Quinn's Funeral Directors for the sensitive manner in which they carried out the funeral arrangements, all who sent Mass cards, and neighbours and friends, especially Owen's many from Dublin.

Monies received in lieu of flowers was donated to St. Vincent de Paul and the Mater Foundation.

Month's Mind Mass will be held in The Church of our Lady of the Wayside, Jenkinstown, on Saturday, July 7, at 7.30pm.

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