DESCRIBED typically as "a kind hearted and sociable man who was a friend to all", James Cahillane leaves behind many happy memories within the local community.
Father to Gary and Lisa and brother to Maureen, Helen, Ann, Frances and Noreen, brothers Steve Joe, Anthony, John Paul, Michael and Gerard, the 58year-old was ever-present in his birthplace of Killorglin, despite living in Beaufort.
A long-term electrician with Fexco where he has been fondly remembered by work colleagues this week, his interests were varied and included basketball, golf, motorbikes and card games. Regularly found of an evening in the corner of Clifford's Tavern, Francie Sheahan's or Falvey's deep in a game of Gin Rummy or 110, James would spend several hours engrossed in the card game - it was fitting therefore that a deck of cards displaying a Jack of Hearts could be found in a floral tribute at the scene of his murder this week (see picture inset). "If there was a stool on a train going to Dublin, he'd be playing cards," one local friend stated this week. A former underage player with Laune Rangers, James won a Mid-kerry minor medal in 1972 playing in the forward lines.
A captain of Falvey's Golf Society, his interest in sports was widespread and, indeed, on the night of his untimely death he had earlier been watching Champion's League soccer in Sheahan's Bar. On Sunday his hearse carried a picture of the James wielding a golf club. "He loved his sport, all sports, including golf and he was innovative in allowing women join the golf society - it only lasted one year mind you," publican and friend Declan Falvey recalled with a smile this week.
"He was charismatic in his own way, preferring to have the craic with just a few people rather than a big crowd.
"He may not have been part of the sessions but he enjoyed them and he'd often sing 'When I'm 64'," the publican added.
Meanwhile, James could equally have been found behind the scenes with the CYMS Players, helping to build sets and install electrics and he even made the journey to New York with the amateur drama group to help out backstage.
Known locally as 'Crunch', the mystery behind the nickname was revealed at his Requiem Mass, Canon Fleming revealing its origin with a smile: "I gather he might have got it here in church, some activity a priest noticed with a Crunchie bar."
Leaving Clifford's Tavern before his journey home on Wednesday night, James said goodbye to his many friends on his way.
"He was a very popular man, a good friend and he will be sorely missed," owner Seán Sheehan stated this week.
It's a sentiment that has been echoed by many during this past dark week in Killorglin town.