Family man who loved horses, travel and his county

The late Kieran Treacy

1973-2012 ON THURSDAY morning November 29, 2012, Kieran Treacy, Listrim, Ardfert passed away peacefully at the Mater hospital Dublin.

Kieran was born on December 13, 1973 and was the youngest of four children of Denis and Mary Treacy. From an early age, both of Kieran's parents were concerned over his health and a short time later he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. As a child Kieran's illness never held him back and he attended Ardfert National School and later went on to Tralee Community College.

As a child Kieran played hurling with Kilmoyley and won an All-Ireland Feile na nGael medal with Kilmoyley in 1987.

He had just come out of hospital two days beforehand and scored three goals in the final. Four years later in September, 1991 he captained the Kilmoyley minor team to County championship success at Austin Stack Park.

Kieran started to go out with Mairead McMahon in 1993 and had many happy and funny years with her. Kieran and Mairead could be seen at all the horse fairs and car boot sales in the county. Kieran remained great friends with Mairead right up to his death.

It was during this time that Kieran got his love for horses and he still owned a horse up until his death.

He was looking forward to see Blackie jump in competition, but unfortunately, he never got to see this.

Kieran and Peter Carmody gave a number of years gardening, a job he absolutely loved. Kieran loved the outdoors and this work suited him.

Kieran's health then began to deteriorate and he spent many years in and out on hospital in both Kerry General and St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin. His mother and father spent many years up and down to Dublin with him.

In 2001 Kieran was sent to Newcastle in England for an assessment to see if he was suitable for a double lung transplant and it was such a relieve to all when he was put on the waiting list.

Kieran waited patiently for a new set of lungs and on the evening of Monday, November 25, 2002 he got the phone call to be at Kerry airport within 40 minutes.

Kieran went through a tenhour operation that night and within three days he was out of the bed and looking forward to his new life.

At this point Kieran could not believe how easy it was to breathe and had very health years after his transplant.

In 2003 Kieran joined a group of people that walked from Kerry to Dublin to help raise €45,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland - the largest single donation ever received by the charity.

Kieran was delighted to take part in this event and help out the charity, as both the Kerry branch of C.F. and the association of Ireland had been very good to him down through the years.

Shortly after this time Kieran began to go out with Eileen Hanlon. Kieran and Eileen bought a house together in Tralee and they had many years of health and happiness there. Kieran and Eileen went a number of times to Spain and Turkey and he often spoke of these experiences. He loved to travel but he always loved to come back and tell all the stories of the holiday.

The last number of years Kieran owned his own taxi in Tralee, Saoirse cabs and he was very proud of this. Kieran also had a great love for his county and he was a proud member of Sinn Fein.

Kieran's health began to get worse over the last two years and had a tough time up and down to the Mater hospital.

All the years that Kieran had been sick he never once complained.

Kieran was very grateful for all that was done for him and he was very aware that is was the constant love and dedication of both his mother and father that had kept him alive for many years.

Kieran was very much a family man and he would always enquire about family and friends while he stayed in hospital and especially his uncle Michael whom he always had a good friendship with.

Kieran was waked from his sister's house (Maureen Spillane), Ballymacaquinn Abbeydorney, followed by Requiem Mass in the Sacred Heart Church, Kilmoyley with burial afterwards in the new cemetery, Kilmoyley.

His family and a large circle of friends sadly miss Kieran. He will always remain in their hearts.

Kieran is survived by his loving father Denis, mother Mary, brothers Denis and Declan, sister Maureen, uncle Michael, aunt Kate Pender (England), brother-in-law Timmy, sister-inlaw Helen, nieces Katie, Aideen, Caoimhe, Sadhbh and Marie and nephew Cillian.

Kieran's Months Mind Mass will take place at the Sacred Heart Church, Kilmoyley on Saturday, January 12 at 7pm.

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