Ned was a selfless husband, father, grandfather and proud Ventry man
Published 13/11/2013 | 05:36
The late Ned Cavanagh
EDWARD (NED) Cavanagh, who lived in Oakview, Tralee and was originally from Ventry, died peacefully on Wednesday, October 23, in the excellent care of the matron, nurses and staff of Our Lady of Fatima Home in Oakpark, Tralee.
Ned, as he was known to all, was one of eight children, born in 1921 to parents Maurice and Margaret Kavanagh, in Baile an Liaigh, Ventry.
The Kavanagh family of Baile an Liaigh were known locally in the area as Kavanagh a' Ri (of the King).
It was a great honour to have such standing in the community and Ned was equally proud to be called Eddie a' Ri when growing up in the locality.
Mar gur rugadh Ned san Gaeltacht bhi Gaeilge an chead teanga den clann.
An Gaeilgeoir o dhuchais as Fionn Tra ab ea Ned agus dfhoghlaim se Bearla nuair a bhi se ag teastail go dti an scoil naisiunta. Is ceart go ra gur dimigh an buachaill as Fionn Tra ach nir dimigh Ned as Ciarrai Theas.
Ned's secondary education was received in St Colman's, Fermoy, Co Cork, where he was regarded as an outstanding and diligent student.
From St Colman's he went on to University College, Galway, graduating from there with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. During his time at Galway, Ned was very much involved in UCG rowing club.
Ned's work career took him to various areas of the country, places like Dundalk and then to Tralee, where he worked with the Land Commission.
It was in the Kerry capital that Ned met the love of his life and future wife Bridget (Pidgie) O'Halloran of Upper Castle Street.
They married in October, 1960 and were proud parents of seven children and doting grandparents of 10. Ned put family and others before himself and was humble and kind to the core.
He was quick witted with a rich repertoire of stories and tales.
Ned's Catholic faith was very important to him and mass was part of his daily routine. His "other religion" was Kerry football of which he was a lifelong avid supporter.
He witnessed some of the greatest players to ever don the green and gold agus bhi a chroi ag leipidh go hard san aer nuair a thug Paidi O Se Corn Sam Maguire thar nais go Fionn Tra i 1985.
Ned's family would like to sincerely thank all the staff at Our Lady of Fatima Nursing Home, who went above and beyond the call of duty in treating him with such humanity, dignity and love.
Ned was pre-deceased by his son Eamon, 2000.
His remains reposed at Fatima Home Chapel on Thursday evening, October 24, followed by removal to St John's Church.
Requiem Mass was celebrated on Friday morning at 10am with funeral immediately afterwards to New Rath Cemetery.
Ned is sadly missed by his loving wife Pidgie, children Susan, Kerena, Deirdre, Brendan, Sharon and Niall, grandchildren, sister Helen, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Go mbeadh Solas na bhFlaitheas da anam.