The late Dan Flaherty
DAN FLAHERTY, Urban Terrace, Rock Street, Tralee and formerly of Blackpool, The Spa, passed away peacefully at Riverside Nursing Home, Abbeydorney, where he had spent the last few days of his life, on Monday, August 27, in the company of his daughters.
In the months prior, when Dan's health deteriorated, he was lovingly cared for by his daughters Noreen and Marie and son-in-law Danny.
Dan (Danny Boy) was born on January 18, 1926, one of seven children, to John Flaherty and Nora Lenehan. He grew up in Blackpool, The Spa, where he attended the local national school. As a young man Dan worked as a landscaper for the Hickey family, in the Spa. Growing up in this rural setting, Dan developed a strong love of nature, which remained with him all his life.
On his 23rd birthday Dan met his future wife, Mary Cregan, Caherina, Tralee, and they began a courtship which culminated in their marriage on September 25, 1955. As a passionate GAA supporter, this date held a special significance for Dan. It was, of course, the weekend of the famous Kerry v Dublin All- Ireland football final. The newly marrieds spent their honeymoon celebrating a Kerry victory.
Dan and Mary settled into married life in Urban Terrace, Rock Street ( The Street of Champions), where they lived together until her death in 2007. They were blessed with three daughters - Marie, Noreen and Ann (who passed away in 1997 after a long battle with cancer). Dan worked for John Fitzgerald, wine merchants, until his retirement.
Shortly after his marriage Dan converted the garden shed into an aviary, where he bred canaries and linnets. This hobby was to provide him with many years of happiness until failing health compelled him to donate his few remaining birds to friends.
Dan had a strong religious belief and moral values which he instilled in his children from a young age. He never forgot his roots in the Spa and visited his family there on a regular basis. Even though he adjusted to urban life, his love of the countryside never left him.
Dan was a quiet man, who was content in his own company, tending to his beloved birds, walking his dog or reading The Kerryman newspaper. The paper was voraciously read every week from cover to cover and matters pertaining were discussed and debated with family and friends. During his illness, family members made sure he was kept up to speed with the happenings in the town by reading the paper to him at his bedside.
As a couple, Dan and Mary shared many interests. In the winter evenings they enjoyed watching television together with the Late Late Show being one of their must watch programmes. When Mary passed away Dan missed her companionship and relied on his dog, Tyson, for company. Together they were a familiar sight walking up Monavalley.
Dan Flaherty was a man with integrity. He was a loving husband and father, a conscientious worker, a reliable neighbour and a loyal friend. His word was his bond and he inspired respect from those privileged to have known him.
Dan is survived by his daughters Marie and Noreen, sister Nell, grandchildren, sons-inlaw Danny and Paschal, nephews, nieces and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary and daughter, Ann.
The removal of Dan's remains took place from Hogan's Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 29, to the Church of Our Lady and St Brendan. Burial took place following Requiem Mass on Thursday morning in New Rath Cemetery.