Well known from days on road

The late Jimmy Brosnan


JAMES (Jimmy) Brosnan of Villa Maria, East End, Ballybunion, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 16, in Kerry General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Jimmy Brosnan was well known in Ballybunion and throughout North Kerry from his days on the road as a bread salesman, firstly for Brosnan's Bread and subsequently for Western Pride Bakery.

Jimmy was born on March 14,1933 and was the third eldest in a family of six to the late Bill and Mary Brosnan (nee Fitzgerald) of Kilbannivane, Castleisland, Co Kerry. After leaving school Jimmy found work in Castleisland, firstly as a mechanic in Ahern's Garage and later with Nelligan's bakery where he was trained as a baker.

On the 13th of June 1953, Jimmy along with his sister Mary O'Gorman (RIP) and brothers Mossie, Paddy (RIP) and Stevie moved to Ballybunion to establish and run Brosnan's Bakery. They sold bread to shops and businesses throughout the North Kerry area before being sold to Western Pride Bakeries.

Jimmy served nearly 30 years on the road as a bread salesman. It was a role that he thoroughly enjoyed as he loved to meet his regular customers along with securing a sale. His sister Kathleen Myers continued to reside in Castleisland and took great care of their mother, who died in 1999 at the great age of 94.

In February, 1964, Jimmy married Gretta Mai Stack of Lissereen, Abbeydorney and they quickly settled into family life in Villa Maria where they reared their six sons - Kevin, Noel, Colm, Declan, Aidan and Sean.

Jimmy's main passions in life were working hard for an honest day's pay and providing a good home environment for his family with the word retirement never entering his vocabulary. After the bakery business, Jimmy kept himself gainfully employed in Ballybunion Golf Club and subsequently as a delivery man for the local supermarket where he took great care to ensure that customers got their messages delivered in pristine condition.

Castleisland had a special place in Jimmy's heart and he loved returning there on November 1 each year for the annual horse fair where he would meet his old friends and enjoy the atmosphere. However Ballybunion was Jimmy's preferred place to reside as he very much liked the mix and rhythm of life in Ballybunion, with a lively buzz during the summer months followed by a more peaceful pace during winter.

Jimmy was never a man for taking holidays, however himself and Gretta enjoyed taking day trips to various locations or events with the annual pattern day in Ballyheigue on the 8th of September being their particular favourite.

Jimmy always had a warm welcome for his four daughters-in-law - Kathleen, Joanne, Deirdre and Esther who took good care of Jimmy in the years they knew him. Also Jimmy and Gretta enjoyed the regular visits to Villa Maria from their seven grandchildren- Cillian, Ciara, Cathal, Darragh, Noel, Karl and Aoibhinn.

Jimmy was a much respected resident of Ballybunion as was evident by the large crowds who attended the removal of his remains and burial. He will by sadly missed by his family, neighbours and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.


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