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Tuesday 2 September 2014

A great character and a true gentleman

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:59

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The late Florence Brosnan

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FLORENCE Daniel Brosnan was born in Shanara, Beaufort to Daniel and Mary (nee Doherty) Brosnan.

He came from a farming background. Florrie had one brother, Thomas, who was tragically killed in 1948, he was only 17 years of age.

Florrie would often talk of this terrible loss.

Florrie had five sisters, Agnes married in Tralee, Mary, Eileen, Theresa and Julie emigrated to England, where they married and raised families.

Florrie was predeceased by Agnes, Mary, and Eileen and as mentioned Thomas.

Florrie went to England himself for a very short time. There are many great stories from his exploits there but it was short lived as he returned to run the family farm, which he did happily for the rest of his life.

Florrie married the love of his life, Joan Coffey, from Glencar on the 16 June 1965.

Florrie and Joan became well known in the dancing circles of Beaufort, Killorglin and beyond as they enjoyed a good night out.

Florrie took great pride in his appearance and never went out socialising without his suit and tie and was always well groomed. They had nine children - Mary, Eileen, Julie, Danny, Thomas, Jeremiah, Florrie Martin, and in the last horray, twins Catriona and Joan Ann.

There was always a warm welcome for people calling to the Brosnan's home, where many a laugh was had.

Florrie was a people person and loved the chat, he was always helpful and cheerful and had a good natured roguish way, that made him a great character, who will be hugely missed in this quite rural close-knit town land.

Florrie took great pride as his children began to have families of their own.

Florrie had 18 grandchildren and each loved him dearly as his playful roguish way was a great joy and great fun to them when they spent time with him.

On the 27 December 2012, Florrie was called to his eternal rest after a short illness. His ability to hold his good humour during this illness was a testament to the man's character - nothing ever got Florrie down.

The crowds, young and old, came from far and near to pay their respects to Florrie, a true gentleman.

Memories shared about Florrie by neighbours and friends outside the funeral home, the Church and at the Graveyard captured his great character and his love of life.

As Florrie was laid to rest his favourite song "Noreen Bawn" was sung.

Oh how we will miss Florrie singing this. Ar Deis De a raibh An Anam.

Florrie's family would like to sincerely thank all the doctors and nurses that took care of him.

They would also like to thank everyone for their support and all those who travelled from near and far to be with them during this difficult time .

The Months mind mass for Florrie Brosnan will take place on Thursday the 31st of January at St. James church Killorglin at 6:30pm.

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