Wednesday 24 July 2019

Sadness at passing of loved actor


Heartfelt tributes have been paid to the late John Caheny, a much loved local actor who passed away last Thursday.

Mr Cahney, a former teacher of Geography at Mercy College, Sligo was an iconic figure in the acting world.

John was a founding member of Everyman Productions. In a tribute the theatre group said he had over the past forty years enthralled audiences in Sligo, and further afield, with his superb stage performances.

"John's love of theatre and his immense talent as an actor enabled him to bring a multitude of characters to life with joy and verve.

"But above all, John was a true gentlemen and a joy to be around.

"He was a consummate professional but could always be counted on for a song or two at the after show party.

"His warmth and kindness left an impression on everyone he met. It is hard to put into words how much he will be missed by all of us."

The Hawk's Well Theatre in a statement said: "We are so saddened to hear of the untimely passing of John Caheny who has treaded the boards at this theatre for many years.

"A wonderful actor, John was also the nicest man you could ever meet ."

Musical theatre group, The Star Factory also paid a tribute:

"We are heartbroken to learn of the untimely death of our dear friend and group member John Caheny.

"John was a tremendous actor, a consummate professional and the loveliest person you could ever meet.

"Extremely talented, endlessly humble and a passionate theatre lover, John was a pleasure to work with, and an even greater pleasure to know.

"He made a huge impact on everyone he met and worked with.

"People of Sligo of all ages have fond memories of John's fantastic performances which left an impression on us all."

John Passed away peacefully in the loving care of the nurses and staff at the North West Hospice.

He is survived by his wife, Áine Gilmore and sons, Paul and Michael.

He reposing at his residence in Collooney on Friday with funeral arriving at Cannis Major Church, Clayton Hotel grounds, on Saturday for celebration of his life at noon followed by burial in Sligo Cemetery.

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