Kevin Dullaghan 1954-2020
Kevin Dullaghan, 69 Cluan Enda, Dundalk, who has passed away, was a talented musician who had a love of animals, and was always willing to help other people.
Aged 66, he died peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on 24 March, 2020.
Originally from Bachelors Walk in Dundalk, Kevin, born on 14 February 1954, was one of six children of the late Tommy and Maura Dullaghan.
After attending CBS Primary School, he went to the Tech to continue his education.
The majority of Kevin's working career was spent as a machinist in S&S until that firm's closure.
He was then employed as a painter and decorator before working as a courier in later years.
Kevin married Breige O'Hanrahan on 3 June, 1978, and they had two sons, Cormac and Liam.
First and foremost a family man, he had a wide variety of interests.
From his father, Kevin got a keen interest in pigeon racing which he carried on. Among his successes was the not insignificant achievement of winning a race from France.
Indeed, he was an avid bird watcher and had a love of wildlife in general, and was well-known for helping people out when they came to him with injured pets or other animals.
His home was always filled with a menagerie of animals, from dogs to budgies, bantam hens, an African Grey Parrot and an Albino Crow amongst others.
Kevin played guitar and was a member of a number of bands over the years. He loved sharing his passion for music with all the young people he taught to play guitar through the years.
His main sporting interest centred on Manchester United. He was an ardent follower and first attended a game at Old Trafford in 1973. George Best was his favourite player.
He also enjoyed painting as a pastime, especially nature scenes.
Kevin is survived by his wife, Breige; sons, Cormac and Liam; brothers, Gerry, Peter, Liam and Séan; sister, Fiona; daughter-in-law, Thanchanok; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
A private funeral took place in St. Joseph's Redemptorist Church. The Mass was celebrated by Fr Pádraig Keenan, parish priest of Haggardstown and Blackrock.
Readings were given by Cormac Dullaghan and Áine O'Hanrahan, and prayers of the faithful led by Yvonne Haughey, Martin Dullaghan, Rosemary Clarke and Ryan Dullaghan.
Gifts symbolising Kevin's life were brought to the altar by May Buchanan, Bernie Dullaghan and Ita O'Hanrahan. These included a painting he did of his dog, a pigeon egg, small guitar, his missal and a Manchester United scarf.
Chao Dullaghan and Fiona Dullaghan participated in the offertory procession.
At the end of the ceremony a reflection was given by Dicky O'Hanrahan.
Music was provided by organist Trevor Clarke, Daniel Doyle on flute and soloist Sarah McCourt.
A cremation took place afterwards in Glasnevin Crematorium.