Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pioneering writer and editor dies aged 82

Majella O'Sullivan

THE inscription on the steps of his home that greeted mourners last night had been the motto by which he lived his life.

Lord Byron's words -- "with or without offence to friends or foes, I sketch your world exactly as it goes"-- had inspired Padraig Kennelly so much he had it inscribed on his home on Ashe Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.

The 82-year-old pioneering writer, editor and photo-journalist passed away on Sunday morning following an eight-year battle with bone cancer.

Although terminally ill and near death, Mr Kennelly had attended the opening of an exhibition at the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris on May 9 of photographs taken by him in Sneem, Co Kerry, in 1969 during General Charles de Gaulle's visit.

Yesterday's proceedings at Tralee Circuit Court came to a halt when Judge Carroll Moran asked the court to stand in tribute to the man who founded the 'Kerry's Eye' newspaper in 1974 and served his time in the building as a court reporter.

Mr Kennelly is survived by his sons Padraig J, Jerry, Brendan and Kerry, brothers Ted and Emmet, sister Eithne and seven grandchildren.

He will be buried in Rath Cemetery today, following Requiem Mass in St John's Cathedral at 10am.

Irish Independent

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