Saturday 16 December 2017

Funeral hears how 'quiet and dignified' man died in violent fashion

James Gleeson died in the blast
James Gleeson died in the blast
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

THE funeral has taken place this morning of James Gleeson the sole casualty of last weekend's gas explosion in Killarney, Co Kerry.

Mr Gleeson (59), a married father of one, died in the explosion caused by a suspected gas leak at his launderette business on Brewery Lane in the town at 6.20am on Saturday.

His remains were found on Sunday morning in the rubble, following an extensive search by rescue workers.

Hundreds of mourners attended the Requiem Mass at St Mary's Cathedral this morning led by Mr Gleeson's wife, Grace O'Neill, their son Eoin, his brother Donagh and sister Maureen Sheridan.

Addressing mourners, Donagh Gleeson said the irony hadn't escaped him that his brother's life that he led in a quiet and dignified way had ended so violently.

He said he had a deep love and commitment to his community for which he had worked with pride.

Mr Gleeson also paid tribute to the emergency services and everyone who had helped out in the aftermath of the blast.

He said the generosity of spirit shown by the business community in Killarney was "inspirational".

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