Jimmy finally comes home

Published 16/01/2013 | 09:16

The late Jimmy Duggan

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JAMES (Jimmy) Duggan late of Mitchel's Court and Old Marian Park, Tralee, died unexpectedly on December 29, 2012, at his home in Hollyville, Hollyhill, Cork

Born to Danny and Kitty Duggan, on September 4, 1938, he was the eldest of a large family. He grew up firstly in Mitchel's Court and later in Old Marian Park. He went to work at a young age as was the custom at the time in McCowens in Tralee and eventually joined the army at the age of 21 in 1959 and was stationed in Murphy Barracks, Ballincollig, Cork.

He married Kay O'Leary of Mitchel's Avenue, whom he had known since childhood and they had a family of five - four sons James, Don, Tony and Brendan and one daughter, Colette.

During his time in the army he proudly did three tours of duty as an UN peacekeeper, one in the Congo and two in Cyprus. He trained and became a cook/ chef in the army which became a large part of who he was, as he had a great love of cooking and creating dishes.

He eventually retired from the army in 1981 having risen to the rank of sergeant. He then went to Father Roc's Center in Cork city where he enjoyed his time running the canteen, teaching cookery and the running of the restaurant for the young people there.

Although he spent over 50 years in Cork he always remained a fiercely proud Kerry/Tralee man and any time he spoke of "home" he always meant Tralee.

He was always very proud of his family and always made the effort to attend family functions/ parties which he loved, as it gave him the time to chat and catch up with everyone.

Some of his greatest passions were darts and fishing and the few pints that went with it. This could be in Tralee or anywhere else for that matter. He was the type of man who made friends instantly and effortlessly from all walks of life and he would be sharing jokes and laughter in no time.

Jimmy's remains reposed at McElligott's Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 1, followed by removal to St John's Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday morning at 10am followed by burial in New Rath Cemetery.

Jimmy is sadly missed by his wife Kay, sons James, Don, Tony, Brendan and daughter Colette, daughters-inlaw, son-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends

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