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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Funeral tributes to 'dynamic' Kennelly

Majella O'Sullivan

FORMER government press secretary Sean Duignan led tributes at Padraig Kennelly's funeral mass yesterday.

He told mourners of his enduring friendship with the founder of 'Kerry's Eye' with whom he had worked on RTE's 'Guth na Gaeilge' in the 1960s when Mr Kennelly was a cameraman.

Mr Kennelly (82) passed away at his home in Tralee on Sunday following an eight-year battle with bone cancer.

Yesterday at St John's Church in Tralee, Mr Duignan recalled how his friend had told him that "a day out of Kerry was a day wasted".

He said: "Padraig and his beautiful wife Joan were the most dynamic and the most daring, adventurous, carefree, optimistic and gloriously happy husband and wife team.''

Jerry Kennelly of recalled that with weeks to live, his father presented Europe minister Lucinda Creighton with a copy of his book 'Eye Witness'. She was thanking him profusely and he said: "If you had spoken for half as long I'd have given you two copies.''

Padraig Kennelly was buried in Rath Cemetery alongside his wife Joan.

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