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Saturday 20 September 2014

Chamber lead tributes to David Courtney

Published 02/04/2014 | 05:36

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MEMBERS of Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce have this week led tributes to local businessman David Courtney (52) who passed away at his home in Dublin on Sunday.

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Though living in Dublin Mr Courtney also kept a home in Aghadoe and maintained an active interest in Killarney through property developments in Beech Road and Lacabane. He was also involved in the building of the Quality Hotel in Killarney.

One of his last social engagements was in February to see local priest Fr Michael Murphy crowned as Kerry Person of the Year in Dublin.

President of Killarney Chamber Johnny McGuire described Mr Courtney as a person who thought that everything was possible: "In his dictionary there was no such thing as impossible. He had a great can do attitude and was a great person to make a deal."

A quantity surveyor by trade, he was one of the founders of Spain Courtney Doyle. It is understood that Mr Courtney had some medical problems but his untimely death has shocked many people in the business community in Killarney.

David Courtney was part of a long family business dynasty in the town which goes back more than 100 years. His brothers Alan and Don, and sister Ann all continue to operate businesses in Killarney town.

David Courtney is survived by his wife Eileen, children Diane, Donal, Amanda and Conor, brothers Conor, Alan and Don and sisters Valerie and Ann.

The removal of David Courtney will take place from the Church of Mary Immaculate in Rathmines and will repose in O'Shea's Funeral Home, Killarney, this Wednesday evening from 7pm to 9pm. The requiem mass for David Courtney will take place in St Mary's Cathedral on Thursday morning at 10.30am with funeral afterwards to Aghadoe Cemetery.

Kerryman

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