Talented musician from the dance hall days of old

n The late Vincent Locke.
n The late Vincent Locke.

The late Vincent Locke


VINCENT LOCKE of Island View, Fenit and formerly of Boherbee, Tralee, passed away on Wednesday, May 1, at Kerry General Hospital following a brief illness. Aged 76, Vincent was a well known sociable person, born on July 15, 1936 in Boherbee, Tralee, to parents John and Mary Locke (nee Moriarty).

His schooling was received from the Christian Brothers in Edward Street and later at CBS The Green. As a child, his parents moved to Fenit so that Mary could help her mother in running the dance hall beside the pier. During the "Emergency" many social functions and dances were held there and Vincent learned his love of music from an early age.

After finishing his education, he worked in Kerry County Council, for a time. His tenure with the council was interspersed between fishing and his musical career.

Vincent and his beloved accordian were constant companions during these happy times. He played for many dances throughout the county from Kenmare to Ballybunion with his cousin Michael Locke, Tim Hayes, Balbo Fitzgerald and Jim Bolger.

Their love of music and fun saw them travel on a regular basis to carnivals, house dances and regular appearances in Dan Paddy Andy's Hall in Lyrecrompane. These happy occasions, became the source of many stories that Vincent loved to recall to his family and friends over a sociable pint.

Vincent worked in the harbour when the boats came for unloading and his duties as a 'hatch man' was a task he took very seriously. His devotion to his work and to that of his fellow workers was rewarded when he was presented in 1967, with a certification of loyalty and service from the SIPTU Trade Union and the welfare of his colleagues who worked beside him.

Their working conditions was a concern he took a keen interest in over the half century he worked there and he was always advocating on their behalf.

Despite his busy lifestyle he found time to meet the love of his life Ann (nee King) who lived also in the village and they celebrated 54 happy years of marriage together, prior to his passing. They were proud parents to Fred and Bernadette.

Vincent was an avid gardener from childhood and after retirement, built his plastic tunnel in the garden, where he spent many happy hours tending to his vegetables and flowers.

Vincent always kept an open door to neighbours and the huge number of friends he met from his travels throughout the county. He was more than willing to perform any task on their behalf and his kindness and concern for others was evident in the large turnout at his funeral.

He is survived his wife Ann, son Fred, daughter Bernadette, brother Albert, his 10 grandchildren and three great -grandchildren, on whom he doted on. Each child was a source of great happiness to both Vincent and Ann.

Vincent's remains reposed at his residence on Friday, May 3followed by removal to St. Joseph's Oratory, Fenit. Requiem Mass took place on Saturday with burial afterwards in Realt na Mara Cemetery, Churchill.