The late John 'Jack' O'connor 1923-2012
VENTRY / Ceann Trá mourns the loss of a great family man and neighbour John O'connor - better known as Jack - who passed away peacefully on Monday, January 2, surrounded by his family.
Jack put his wife and family foremost and was a kind and loving husband to Eileen. He provided for his six children in every way possible.
A lover of the land and district in which he was born, he worked hard on his farm in Maum na Gaoithe for a great number of years. Jack and his twin brother Paddy were born on March 23, 1923.
In his youth, Jack was a wonderful Irish dancer and he used to say that he was first on the floor and last to leave it at the end of the night. He enjoyed dancing the Kerry sets and he was frequently asked to dance the hornpipe before setting off home on his bicycle.
It was not unusual to have to repair a puncture and cycle through flooded rivers back to Gallarus and Feoghanach. The young men back then used to give their girlfriends a crossbar to and from the dancehalls.
Jack had a keen interest in politics, be it local, national or international. He listened to the radio daily to continued to keep up to date with the news during his four years in Dingle Community Hospital.
He was a wonderful farmer and he took great pride in his farming activities all year round. He enjoyed the planting in spring and saving the oats and hay in summer as well as helping his neighbours.
The meitheal oibre and co-operation between all the local farmers was a wonderful bonding experience in the pre-mechanisation days. Days spent at the local fairs, marts, the Dingle Races, Ventry Regatta, St Kathleen's Day and the Agricultural Show along with the music and dancing on the Wren's Day, Lá an Dróilín were really enjoyed.
Jack and his wife Eileen were married for 52 years and celebrated their golden jubilee with Mass and a family gathering at home. They were very moved by the occasion.
The O'connor family would like to express their thanks to the medical staff of St Elizabeth's Hospital and the new Community Hospital, Dingle for caring for Jack for the past four-and-a-half years.
Also to Fr Bernard Keily, Fr Thomas Looney, Fr Pádraig O'fíannachta and Fr Eugene Godley who cared for his spiritual needs at the hospital. To Donal O'connor for taking care of the funeral arrangements at this sad time and to all who made contributions to the hospital, míle buíochas.
Also local Ceann Trá and Corca Dhuibhne friends were a great support as always. Gurb fada buan sibh! Go lonraí solas na bhfláthas ort, daddy, mar ní bheidh do leithí arís ann.