EDWARD (Eddie) Campion of Dunquin, Co Kerry and formerly of Ballyraggett, Co Kilkenny, passed away peacefully on Monday, August 13, in Dingle Community Hospital from a short illness with his loving family by his side.
Even though Eddie hailed from the hurling stronghold of Kilkenny, he loved Kerry and Dunquin just as much, it was where his wife Maureen Lynch hailed from, where the family resided, it was his home.
The residents of Dun Chaoin welcomed Eddie with a cead mile failte when he came to live among them. He loved the community spirit, was always around to help with any job and was always welcoming to visitors and loved to hear their stories. Eddie was a man who loved life and was forever happy and smiling. He was a character to say the least and laughing was his hobby, for he loved company and having family around.
Aged 82, Eddie was born on May 28, 1930 in Moate Park, Ballyragget, Co Kilkenny to Edward and Mary (nee O'Donnell) Campion, one of 11 children.
Edward, like many others from his parish and county, left Kilkenny in June, 1957 to work in London. He told many stories of his time in the English capital and it was there he met his wonderful wife Maureen Lynch, from Dunquin, West Kerry. They spent time in London before moving back to Ireland to eventually settle in Dunquin, birthplace of Maureen.
They took over the Dunquin Post Office and had a little shop for many years. Eddie always spoke so warmly of this busy and lively time around the house. He would often recall all the people he met and all the friends he made and friendships that lasted long after the Post Office was gone. He also took great pride in taking part in both film productions Far and Away and Ryan's Daughter which were filmed in the area and were a great boost the local economy at the time.
Eddie's love for Ballyragget and Killkenny never left him and on his 80th birthday he returned for a short visit. He always loved to hear the news from Killkenny and never forgot to tell people where he was from. He supported the Killkenny hurling team and never missed a match on the television and would always look forward to watching a game with a little drop of Powers in his hand.
Eddie loved to sing and one would often hear the melody of the Rose of Mooncoin. His favourite song to sing was Carrigfergus and the line 'And in Kilkenny' always got extra power and emphasis.
Eddie was a charming, kind, thankful and generous man and he will be very sadly missed by family and friends.
Eddie is survived by his daughter Teresa and his sons Paul and Padraig, his dear sister Nora, sonin-law, daughter-in-law and his five grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends.
He was pre-deceased by his wonderful wife Maureen.
The removal of Edward (Eddie) Campion took place from O'Connors Funeral Home, Dingle, on Wednesday, August 15 to Dunquin Church. Requiem mass was celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial at Dunquin cemetery.
Edward (Eddie) Campion, born Co Kilkenny, May 28, 1930, died August 13, 2012, Dingle, Co Kerry.