ANTHONY Curtin is an irreplaceable champion of the common man and woman in Listowel, according to those who worked closely with him in the Sinn Féin party.
Close friend, party colleague and Mayor of Listowel Tom Barry this week remembered a man who worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Listowel and of his own community Clounmacon.
"My wife and I were only talking yesterday about a period in 2007 when it had been raining heavily for three days and it began flooding outside our home in Feale Drive. We rang Anthony to see if he could get onto the council to get something done as we were getting very worried. But not only did he get onto the council he landed down himself in his wellies a few minutes later with a shovel and started shovelling it out. We were amazed that someone would go so much above and beyond the call of duty, but that act typified Anthony," Mayor Barry said.
Generous, kind-hearted and tireless in his pursuit of better conditions for everyone in need, his loss is inestimable, Mayor Barry added.
"Apart from being a huge loss to all of us in the party and the community as a great friend, his death is a huge loss to the life of Listowel."
One of the biggest guards of honour ever seen in Listowel accompanied his remains after burial Mass on Saturday.
In Cloumacon, he is mourned as a community leader who changed the face of the rural area for the better through his tireless work. Party colleague and fellow Clounmacon native John O'Sullivan said Cllr Curtin was responsible for so much there.
"From 1986 to 1991 Anthony spearheaded a massive drive to raise funds for the purchase of a football field and the erection of dressing rooms and stand. In May 1992 Anthony's dream came to fruition with the opening of the new pitch and a high profile game of Kerry v Dublin was the fixture.
"He was also the main driving force behind the beautiful Community Centre that exists in Clounmacon, and through politicis he worked tirelessly for many people. He was a tremendous worker, a great family man and he is a huge loss to Listowel, Clounmacon and Sinn Féin."