THE town of Mallow was shocked and saddened this week to learn of the passing of one its most respected businessmen, the late John Sheahan.
Mr Sheahan, who was in his early 50s, passed away on Sunday last at the Cork University Hospital following a short illness.
His passing will be deeply felt within not only the business sector, but also the wider community both in North and Mid Cork.
Born in Mallow, Mr Sheahan spent a number of years in London before setting up an accountancy practise in Coachford in 1982. As his business developed, Mr Sheahan opened a second office in his native town in 1993.
A passionate advocate on behalf of the local business community, Mr Sheahan was appointed chair of the North Cork Enterprise Board in 2002, a position he held until 2006.
In 2008 he took over as the president of Mallow Chamber, a position he held for two years.
The current Chamber president, Mary Kelly, described the late Mr Sheahan as a distinguished gentleman who willing gave his time for the betterment of the community. "He always held the interests of Mallow and its community close to his heart," said Ms Kelly.
"He also gave great support to his successor as Chamber president, Pat O'Sullivan, and was always on hand to offer help and advice to me when I took over the role.
"He remained a very active member of the board and his influence will be greatly missed by all who knew and worked with him," she added.
The former CEO of the North Cork Enterprise Board, Rochie Holohan, said Mr Sheahan always stood out as an exceptional contributor to the wider community in the region. "John was always very active in helping to develop Mallow and North Cork as an outstanding regional retail location and in the development of the town as a great place to live and work in," said Mr Holohan.
Mr Sheahan is survived by his wife Pauline, children Laura and Patrick and mother Hanna 'Ma' Sheahan.
He was laid to rest at St John's cemetery in Coachford on Wednesday following requiem mass at St Patrick's Church.