John's passing brings great sadness to Ballylongford
ONE of Ballylongford's most respected community men, the late John Barrett, is being remembered this week as a man who touched the lives of so many people through his voluntary work within the community.
The popular Lenamore man passed away on Sunday afternoon at the age of 82, leaving a deep void in the close knit community where he was so loved and respected.
John was born and raised on the family farm in 1930, later taking over the running of the farm with his wife Madeline and four children, Michael, Anita, Dymphna and James.
A keen volunteer in the local community, John was chairman of the Ballylongford Race Committee right up until his passing, having proudly held the position for well over three decades.
He was also an avid sportsman and in his younger days travelled all over North Kerry competing in sports days, and was was also very involved with the Parish Hall Committee which ran bingo every Thursday night for many years.
When Lenamore formed a football club and team back in the 80s, John served as treasurer.
Politically, John was an active member of the Fine Gael party and on the celebration of his 80th birthday he was praised by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan for helping him secure his Dail seat.
This week, John was described by friend Billy Enright as a gentleman to his fingertips; a man who always had a pleasant smile and salute and a man who took great pride in his family. His involvement in so many different voluntary organisations, he said, brought him a long list of accomplishments, but more importantly it brought him immense friendship.