Obituaries

Obituary Brig Gen James Connolly (Retd) 24/11/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform member of the passing of Brig Gen James (Seamus) Connolly (Retd) Kilmacud, Co Dublin and a former GOC AC in his 100th year.  He passed away on Thursdy 24 Nov 2022 in the care of Newtownpark House Nursing Home.  Beloved husband of the late Catherine (Kitty), devoted and much loved father of Jessica, John (Seán), Joanna, Katherine and the late Roddy and Séamus.   He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and Air Corps colleagues.

Reposing at Colliers Funeral Home, Old Connaught Ave, Bray on Tuesday 29 Nov from 1800 to 2000 hours, with prayers at 1945.  Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 1000 in the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery.  Family flowers only please.

He was a grandson of James Connolly who was Commander of the Irish Citizen Army and Commander of the Dublin Bde Irish Volunteers during the 1916 Easter Rising.

He enlisted in the DF during the Emergency and in 1944 he was a member of 4 Young Officers Wings Course in the AC.  He was GOC AC from 1983 to 1986.

In 2016, Gen Connolly and his family donated a a collection of medals awarded to Commandant General James Connolly, 1916 leader, founder and commander-in-chief of the Irish Citizen Army, and to three members of his family:  his daughter, Nora his son, Roddy, and his grandson, Brig Gen James Connolly.  The collection is unique, representing awards given to three generations of the same family in recognition of service given to the State over a period of almost seventy years. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

Obituary Capt Gerard Wright (Retd) 18/11/2022

From PRO IUNVA

 

With sadness we inform our members of the death of Captain Gerard Anthony (Gerry) Wright (Retd) on Friday 18 Nov, Rathfarnham, Dublin late of UCD, in the care of Parke House Nursing Home, Kilcock . 

Adored and beloved husband of Maeve, Gerry will be deeply missed by his heartbroken wife, his children Orla, Aisling, Caoimhe and Aongus, his brother John, his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family, friends and neighbours. 

Reposing at Fanagans Funeral Home, Willbrook, Rathfarnham on Monday from 1830 to 2000 hours.  Funeral Mass in the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham at 1000 on Tuesday, followed by burial at Kilmashogue Cemetery.  For those unable to attend, the mass will be livestreamed at https://rathfarnhamparish.ie/webcam/

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to Parkinson’s association of Ireland.

Captain Gerard Wright He was born in Mar 1938 and he was from Tipperary Town.  He joined the DF as an Army Cdt with 31 Cdt Class in Dec 1956 and he was commissioned into the Inf Corps in Dec 1958.  He served initially in 3 Inf Bn in the Curragh and later in E Comd.  He served as Pl Comd, C Coy, 36 Inf Bn in the Congo from Nov 1961 to May 1962.  He was Welfare Offr with 13 Inf Gp in Cyprus from Sep 1969 to Apr 1970.  He retired from the DF in the early 1970s and took up an appointment with UCD.

I measc na naomh go raibh sé.

Obituary Col Michael Moriarty (Retd) 03/11/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Colonel Michael MoriartyWith sadness we inform members of the death of Col Michael Moriarty (Retd) on 3 Nov 2022 at his home in Kilmacud, Dublin.  He was predeceased by his wife Anne and he will be greatly missed by his children John, Niamh and Daragh, his adored grandchildren James, Myles and Ishaan, son-in-law Robert and daughter-in-law Deepika, extended family, relatives and friends.

Col Moriarty was commissioned into the Arty Corps in 1952 and he served in Kildare, Mullingar and Dublin.  He commanded 7 FA Regt FCA, 2 FA Regt, Dep Arty, he was D Arty and 2/IC & EO HQ E Comd.  He was a veteran of UN service in ONUC in the Congo as a Lieut with 34 Inf Bn in 1961, in UNFICYP in Cyprus as a Capt with 41 Inf Bn in 1964 – 65, the Middle East with UNTSO in 1974, in Lebanon as a Comdt with HQ Coy, 46 Inf Bn in 1979 – 80 and UNIFIL HQ in 1985 – 86 as a Lieut Col and in Angola in 1989 – 90 with UNAVEM as Chief Liaison Officer in the rank of Col. 

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Death of John Taylor – Post 19 IUNVA 30/10/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform our members of the death at Letterkenny Hospital on Sunday 30 Oct 2022 of retired Sgt John Taylor a member of Post 19 and late of Carrickbrack, Convoy Co Donegal.

John’s home unit was 28 Inf Bn and he also served in the following units overseas;

Sergeant John Taylor

51st Bn UNIFIL            71st Bn Bn UNIFIL

75th Bn Bn UNIFIL       81st Bn Bn UNIFIL

104th Bn Bn UNIFIL     106th Bn Bn UNIFIL

109th Bn Bn UNIFIL       7 Tpt Coy KFOR

29th Inf Gp KFOR        90th Bn UNMIL

97th Bn EUFOR Chad

John TaylorHe was pre-deceased by his parents Johnny and Nora and his sister Noleen.  Much loved husband of Ann, devoted father of Claire and Nora and their families and John’s brother Brian.

Rest in Peace

 

Death of Congo Veteran Thomas (Tommy) Daly – 28/10/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Tommy DalyWith sadness we inform members of the death of Thomas (Tommy) Daly, Connolly Pk, Tullamore, Co Offaly and late of 3 Inf Bn, he died at Tullamore Hospital on 28 Oct 2022.  As a Pte, he served with C Coy 35 Inf Bn in the Congo.  He was one of the eleven personnel who were guarding College St Francois De Sales (known as the Radio College) in Elisabethville in Katanga Province and they were taken hostage by mercenaries and Katangese Gendarmerie on 14 Sep 1961.  These were the first Irish personnel to be taken hostage during Op Morthor  in the city.  On 22 Sep they were taken to Jadotville where they joined the A Coy hostages and other personnel who were taken prisoner in Elisabethville.  On 25 Oct, the C Coy hostages and other UN personnel were released at the Old Air Strip in Elisabethville in exchange for Gendarmerie and Katangese police who had been captured by the UN.   

He was pre-deceased by his brother Dan and his sister Mary.  He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Nancy, daughter Pattie, sons Brian, Mark and Raymond and his extended family. 

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dhílis.

Death of Post 5 Member – Sean Purcell – 07/10/2022

From PRO IUNVA

We regret to inform of the death of Ex Sgt Sean Purcell a member of Post 5 Cork who died today 07/10/2022.

Sean PurcellSean served in 1 Field S&T in Collins Barracks Cork.

Late of Loughmore, Co.Tipperary: He died peacefully after a long illness. bravely borne with great dignity, surrounded by his loving family at Cork University Hospital.

Devoted husband of the late Carmel, loving dad of Paul, Ken, Mark, John, Owen, Teresa and Bernadette.

Sadly missed by his heartbroken sons and daughters, adored grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

May Sean Rest in Peace.

Death of Veteran – Ex Sgt Joe Callan – 07/10/2022

From PRO IUNVA

We inform our members with sorrow of the passing of a Congo and Cyprus veteran peacekeeper Sgt Joseph (Joe) Callan (Retd), Blackhorse Ave and formerly of McKee Pk, Dublin.

He served in 5 Inf Bn, Collins Barracks, Dublin and completed three tours of duty with ONUC and two with UNFICYP. He was a Cpl with 3 Sec, 3 Pl, A Coy 34 Inf Bn from Jan to Jun 1961, his second tour was with HQ A Coy 36 Inf Bn where he suffered a fractured ankle during the Battle for the Tunnel in Elisabethville on 16 Dec 1961. He was  with the 84 mm A/Tk Sec, Sp Pl, A Coy 38 Inf and this unit fought in Op Grandslam from 28 Dec 1962 to 15 Jan 1963 in the breakout from Elisabethville and seizing Kipushi. He served in Cyprus with A Coy, 41 Inf Bn from Oct 1964 to Jun 1965, his second tour was as Pl Sgt 1 Pl, A Coy 6 Inf Gp from Apr to Sep 1966.

He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery on 7 Oct following Requiem Mass at the Holy Family Church Aughrim St. 

He was predeceased by his wife Nora, son Bill and daughters-in-law Kathleen and Sheila.  Sadly missed by his children Joseph, Jacinta, Paul, John, Ollie, Pamela, and Alan and their families.

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Death of James Howley  – 05/10/2022

From PRO IUNVA

J HowleyWith sadness we inform members of the death of James Howley late of Crossmolina and Ballina Co Mayo, 1 Cn Cois and 18 Inf Bn FCA at Galway University Hospital on 5 Oct 2022. 

James served in 1 Cn Cois and 18 Inf Bn FCA and was a member of Post 30 IUNVA.

Predeceased by his mother Kathleen and his sister Frances.  Beloved brother of Michael, John, Stephen, David, Declan, Cathy Browne, Margaret Gallagher, Pauline Andrews, Valerie Ryan, Eithne Horan and his partner Trish.  His burial was in Leisheen Cemetery.

Suaimhneas sioraí dá anam

Death of Commandant Diarmuid O’Donoghue – 26/09/2022

From PRO IUNVA

We regret to report the Death of Commandant Diarmuid O’Donoghue, 66 Ashbrook, Oranmore, Co. Galway, on 26th September 2022. Suddenly at home, surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his loving partner Elaine Fahy, heartbroken children Aisling, Róisín and Ronan, son-in-law Ryan, parents Ray and Frances, sisters Síle and Orla, brothers-in-law Colm and Niall, niece Maeve, nephew Conor, aunts, uncles, beloved friends, neighbours, relatives and his many Defence Force comrades.

He was currently serving in The Military College, Curragh.

Diarmuid O'Donoghue

His Funeral Mass was on 30th September in Church of the Immaculate Conception, Oranmore, Burial afterwards in Renville Cemetery.

 

 

Ar Dheis De go raibh a Anam Dilis.

Obituary Marty Walsh member of Post 30 IUNVA – 24/09/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform our members of the death Post 30 member, retired Sgt Marty Walsh, Oranmore, Renmore and Westport and late of Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa who died on 24 Sep in the loving care of his wife Emily, daughter Lorna, son Fergal and son-in-law Declan Shaughness by his side. 

Deeply mourned by his  wife and children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, his sisters  and extended family.  Reposing at St Patrick’s Garrison Church, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa on Monday 26 Sep from 1700 to 1830 hours.  Requiem Mass was celebrated followed by private cremation.  

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dó.

Death of George Hunt member of Post 1 IUNVA – 12/09/2022

From PRO IUNVA

G HuntIt’s with regret we report the death of George Hunt.  Late of Windmill Road, Crumlin and formerly of UCD Services, Belfield – Earlsfort Terrace and the Irish Defence Forces.

Peacefully surrounded by his loving family, in the wonderful care of the staff of Sir Patrick Dun’s Ward, St. James’ Hospital; devoted husband and best friend of Mary and beloved dad of George, Paul, Elaine, Brian and Janet and pre-deceased by his loving sister Frances and brothers Jimmy and Freddie. Sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughters, daughters-in-law Marion, Fiona and Pauline, sons-in-law Bernard and Mark, grandchildren James, Adam, Alibhe, Darragh, Rian, Ava and Laoise, brothers Frankie and Martin, sister Margaret, sister-in-law Freda, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and a wide circle of friends especially those in the UCD Services and the  Defence Forces.

George, served overseas in the Congo, Cyprus and Lebanon and attained the rank of Sgt Maj in the Defence Forces.

May George Rest in Peace

Death of Eddie Kavanagh member of Post 30 IUNVA – 22/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With regret we inform members of the death of Edward (Eddie) Kavanagh, Bohermore Galway City, late of 1 Inf Bn and a member of Post 30, on 22 Aug in Tenerife.  Predeceased by his father, James and his brother Francis.  Sadly missed by his son Stephen, daughters Karen and Claire, their mother Theresa, his mother Lena, brothers PJ and Ger, sister Marianne relatives and friends.

 

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dó

Obituary of Maj Gen Vincent Savino Retd, IUNVA National President – 28/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With deep sadness we inform our members of the death of Maj Gen Vincent Savino Retd, IUNVA National President and one of our founding fathers, a former DF QMG and GOC E Comd, a veteran of peace support operations with ONUC in the Congo, UNFICYP in Cyprus, UNTSO in the Middle East and UNIFIL in Lebanon as OC 44 Inf Bn in 1978 – 79 and a Senior Staff Officer at UNIFIL HQ.

Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Reposing at his residence at Fernhill Park, Manor Estate, Dublin 12 from 1700 to 1900 hours Tuesday 30 Aug 2022. Removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Kimmage, Dublin, D12 WP44, arriving for Requiem Mass at 1000 hours. Cremation Service thereafter at the Garden Chapel, Mount Jerome Cemetery Harolds Cross (Eircode D6W HY98)

Family flowers only, donations if desired to IUNVA

Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.

Obituary of William O’Brien – Post 5 IUNVA – 27/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

It’s with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Ex Sgt Billy O’Brien on 27/08/2022.

Billy was a Member of Post 5  IUNVA Cork

Our condolence to William’s family and friends.

May William Rest In Peace.

Obituary of Tom Hetherington  – Post 11 IUNVA – 17/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With regret we report the death of Tom a member of Post 11 IUNVA of Cathedral Court, Kildare Town, Retd CQMS MacDonagh Barracks, Curragh Camp, on 17th August 2022 (peacefully) at his home with his loving family by his side.

Predeceased by his wife Patricia & brother Richard, sadly missed by his loving family Thomas, Karen, Ian, Nicky & Eoin, daughters & son in law, Brenda, Natasha, Claire, Fiona & Gus, grandchildren Leanne, David, Kayleigh, Una, Lauren, Donal, Alexander, Eoin & Amelia, brother John, sisters Madge & Ann, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives & friends.

May Tom Rest in Peace

Obituary Lieut Col Ned Cusack RIP 16/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform our members of the death of Lt Col Ned Cusack, Gortachalla, Moycullen, County Galway and formerly of Mitchelstown, Co Cork at the age of 103. He died peacefully at home on Tuesday, 16 Aug 2022.  He was predeceased by his dearly beloved wife Eileen, and much-loved father of Jim, Eleanor, Anne, Eamon, Maura, Rosemary and Maeve. Sadly missed and mourned by his sons and daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, daughters-in-law Rene and Mary, sons-in-law Liam, Edward and Paul, nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Peggy, the extended Cusack and Geoghegan family, neighbours, Defence Forces colleagues and friends, and his wonderful carers

He was born on 1 Mar 1919 and he grew up in Mitchelstown, Co Cork. He enlisted in the DF as a member of the 12 Cadet Class in 1938. He was commissioned in 1939 and was appointed to the Inf Corps and posted to the I Inf Bn, Dún Uí Mhaoilíosa, Galway. He later served in HQ E Comd, 5 Inf Bn, and was OC 20 Inf Bn FCÁ. On promotion to the rank of Lieut Col he was posted as OC Inf Bn.

He served with the 10 Inf Gp (UNFICYP) from Mar to Sep 1968 as Coy Comd A Coy. 

Reposing at home on Friday, 19 Aug from 1700 hours with removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Moycullen at 1900.  Requiem Mass on Saturday, 20 Aug at 1200 and following Mass he will be laid to rest beside his wife Eileen in the adjoining cemetery.

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dó.

Photo: Comdt Ned Cusack OC A Coy 10 Inf Gp on the right at a conference at Limnitis Cmp, Cyprus.  Photo Credit Mil Archives

Death of Paddy Bradley Post 1 IUNVA 09/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform members of the death on Tuesday 9 Aug of Patrick (Paddy) Bradley, Finglas, Dublin and Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, a member of Post 1, he died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.  Beloved husband of Phyllis and loving father of Patrick, Linda, Noel, Tomas and Barry.  Paddy will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren,daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Funeral Mass was celebrated in  St Canice’s Church, Finglas Village,  followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery.

May Paddy Rest in Peace.

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Obituary Staff QMS Pat Weafer RIP 07/08/2022

From PRO IUNVA

SQ WeaferWith regret we inform our members of the death on Sunday 7 Aug of Patrick (Pat) Weafer Retd, former Staff QMS, McKee Park, Blackhorse Ave, Dublin 7, Bunclody Co Wexford and late of Dep Ord, 2 Inf Bn and 2 Mot Sqn, Pat gave forty two years of devoted service to the Defence Force and to the State. He was a veteran of UN service in Cyprus and Lebanon. He served with Armd Car Gp 10 Inf Gp UNFICYP from Mar to Oct 1968 and with 55 Inf Bn UNIFIL from May to Oct 1984.

Beloved husband of Mary and treasured father of Ann Marie, Patrick and Mattew. Deeply regretted by his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, neighbours, his comrades in 2 Cavalry Squadron Veterans Association and in the wider Defence Forces.

Requiem Mass was celibrated in the Church of the Holy Rosary, McKee Bks. His burial was at the Church of St Mary Magdelene, Kilmyshall Bunclody.

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dó.

Photo Credit: 2 Cavalry Squadron Veterans Association.

Obituary of Former Cpl Tommy Redican – 29/07/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Cpl T_RadicanWith sadness we inform our members of the death of retired Cpl Tommy Redican (Reddington) 2 Cav Sqn of Clooncraff, Hillstreet, Carrick-on-Shannon, Roscommon and Dublin who died suddenly on Friday 29 July. 

Sadly missed by his wife, Marie, loving daughters Sharon and Niamh, son Mark, grandchildren, sisters Margaret and Madeline, brothers Benny, Gerry and Donie, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives, army colleagues and many friends. 

T_Redican

 

 

May Tommy Rest in Peace.

Death of of George Curling – Post 5 IUNVA 28/07/2022

From PRO IUNVA

G CurlingWith regret we inform our members of the passing on Thursday 28 Jul 2022 of George Curling, a member of Post 5 and former RQMS 1 FA Regt and 8 FA Regt at Mercy University Hospital, Cork.  Beloved husband of Marsie, loving father of Tony, Cormac and Bob.  Sadly missed by his loving wife and sons, daughters-in-law, grandson Charlie, brother Freddie, brothers-in-law, relatives and a large circle of friends.

May George Rest in Peace.

Obituary of Michael O’Brien – Post 11 – 22/07/2022

From PRO IUNVAM OBrienWith regret we inform members of the death on 22 July 2022 of Michael O’Brien of Lakeside Pk Newbridge and late of Orchard Pk, the Curragh, a member of Post 11.  Michael was buried at St Conleths Cemetery on Monday last 25 July.  He was predeceased by his partner Tina Hayden.  Sadly missed by his loving daughters Laura, Susan, Bernadette, their partners Des and Barry, grandchildren, step-children, sister Attracta, brother-in-law Linus, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.


May Michael Rest in Peace

Obituary of Sgt Albert (Harry) Dell Retd – 13/07/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform IUNVA members of the death of Sgt Albert (Harry) Dell St. Columba’s Tce, Athlone, late of 4 Grn S&T Coy on 13 Jul.

He served in the Congo with A Coy 35 Inf Bn ONUC from Jun to Dec 1961 and he fought at Jadotville from 13 to 17 Sep 1961. From Apr to Sep 1965 he served in Cyprus with 42 Inf Bn UNFICYP.

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Sadly missed by his loving son, Alan, daughter-in-law Nikita, great-grandchildren, relatives and many friends.

May he rest in peace.

Death of Ex Sgt Tom Herlihy 1 Cav Sqn – 13/06/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Sgt Tom HerlihyIt is with sadness we inform members of the death of Sgt Thomas (Tom) Herlihy (Retd) Marian Square and Wolfe Tone Park Fermoy and late of Curraghboy Youghal and 1 Cav Sqn.

He passed away peacefully on 13 Jul 2022 surrounded by his family in the exceptional care of the staff of Marymount University Hospital and Hospice. Beloved husband of the late Olive, dear father of Maria, Angela, John and Louise. Brother of Maureen and the late Michael.

 

Go dtuga Dia suaimhneas sioraí dó

Death of Lieut Col Sean Hennessy (Retd) 28/06/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform IUNVA members of the death of Lieut Col Seán Hennessy (Retd) on 28 Jun at the great age of 98 years.

He was born in Clonmult near Middleton, County Cork in 1923 and he enlisted as a Pte in 1942 during the Emergency. He was awarded a cadetship with the 18th Cadet Class in1943; he was commissioned in 1946 into the Construction Corps. He transferred to the Cav Corps in 1948 and served initially with 2 Mot Sqn, he was posted to 1 Mot Sqn in Fermoy in 1957 where he served in several appointments. He served in DFHQ and in HQ S Comd as a Lt Col until his retirement in 1983.

He served in the Congo as a Capt with the Armd Car Gp 35 Bn ONUC from Jun to Dec 1961 and he was involved in the fighting in Elisabethville during Operation Morthor. He completed a second tour of duty in the Congo with the Armd Car Gp 39 Bn from Apr to Oct 1963. He served in Cyprus with the Armd Car Gp 6 Inf Gp UNFICYP from Apr to Oct 1963.

35 Inf Bn Congo Armd Car Gp

Photo: Capt Sean Hennessy centre of the front row with personnel from 1 Mot Sqn who served with 35 Inf Bn before deployment in Jun 1961.

He was predeceased by his wife, Eileen and his son, Michael. He is survived by his daughters Margaret, Ann and Deirdre and their families and his sister Ann.

Rest in Peace

Death of Tony Jackson Post 6 IUNVA – 19/06/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Tony JacksonWith sadness we report the death of Anthony (Tony) Jackson, Post 6 and late of Silverbirtch Grove, Dooradoyle, Limerick who passed away at University Hospital, Limerick on 19 Jun.
Very deeply regretted by his loving wife Pat, sons David, Declan and Antony, daughter Louise and extended family.

May He rest in Peace.

Death of Pat O’Flaherty Post 30 member & Congo Veteran – 17/06/2022

From PRO IUNVA

Pat O'FlahertyWith sadness we notify members of the death of Pat O’Flaherty, on 17 Jun, a member of Post 30, he served with 32 Inf Bn, the first DF unit to serve in the Congo.

Peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Patricia. Will be sadly missed by his daughters Eilish and Rachel, son Joe.

May His Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Passing of IUNVA Post 2 member ex-Sgt Jim Byrnes – June 2022

From PRO IUNVA

J ByrnesIt is with sadness I report the passing of our esteemed Post 2 member, Jim Byrne.
Jim lived in 4, Court Villas, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, late of Reens, Ardagh and unexpectedly in the care of University Hospital, Limerick.

Jim served in the 4th Bn and overseas in the 13th, 20th and 25th Inf. Gps., Cyprus.
Jim also served in Lebanon with the 47th, 51st and 54th Inf. Bns.

Rest in Peace

Death of Paddy O’Sullivan Post 29 IUNVA – 26/05/2022

From PRO IUNVA

It’s with sadness that we report the death of Veteran, Paddy O’Sullivan in London, UK. Paddy was a member of Post 29 Carlow IUNVA.

Patrick O’Sullivan of UK and formerly of No.1 Conway Park, Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, passed away peacefully on 26th May, 2022 at Norfolk & Norwich Hospital with his son Daniel & Daughter in Law Roz by his side. Predeceased by his brother Michael, son Liam & granddaughter Emma. Beloved father of Sean, Julia, Michael & Daniel. Deeply regretted by his brother Daniel, grandchildren Emily, Emma, Katie, Niamh, Sian, Daniel, Kelly & Rachel, daughters in law Roz & Jackie, nieces Paula, Mary, Sheila & Elaine, nephew Patrick, grandnephews, grandnieces and all his relatives, comrades and friends.

 

May Patrick’s Gentle Soul Rest in Peace.

Our Deepest Condolence to Paddy’s family and friends.

Death of Joe Hynes Post 11 IUNVA

From PRO IUNVA

We regret to report the death of Joe Hynes .

J_HynesJoe a member of Post 11, from Cherrybank, Brownstown, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, formerly Loughmore, Co. Tipperary, 1st Armoured Car Squadron Retd, Plunkett Barracks. Loving husband of Mary (Dwyer), loving father of Mandy & Grace, loving grandfather of Alannah-Rose, son-in-law Johnny, brother Patsy & sister-in-law, Eileen (Thurles), his dog Bear, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews relatives & friends. Pre-deceased by his parents Matty & Bridie, brothers Michael & Martin, brother-in-law Lofty.

May Joe Rest In Peace

Death of John Moroney Post 5 IUNVA – 23/05/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness, we inform our members of the death of John Moroney of Post 5 IUNVA and retired CQMS 4 Inf Bn Collins Bks Cork.

John Moroney

Rip.ie notice reads: The death has occurred of John (Sean) Moroney Buttevant Co. Cork and formerly of Millmount Kilmallock Co Limerick. Late Army Veteran. May 23rd 2022. Peacefully in the tender care of all the staff of Maria Goretti Nursing Home Kilmallock. Predeceased by his parents Michael and Julia Moroney, his brother Mike, and his grandson Sam. Very deeply regretted by his sons Michael, Ger and Shane, daughter Grainne, daughter in law Anna, sisters Eileen, Sheila, Mary, Jane, Rita and Kitty, brothers in law, grandchildren Jenelle, Michael, CJ, Eliana, greatgrand daughter Saoirse, cousins, relatives, kind neighbours and his many friends.


May He rest In Peace.

Death of John (Baby) McCARTHY Post 6 IUNVA – 01/05/2022

From PRO IUNVA

M. WalshIt is with deep sadness we report the passing of veteran John ( Baby ) McCarthy ex 12th Inf Bn, Sarsfield BKs Limerick, on Sunday 1st May 2022.
John died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home in Georgian Village, Old Cork Road, Limerick City.

Sadly missed by his heartbroken family, his loving wife Marie, children Kieran, Teena, Tom & Jessica, sons-in-law Martin & David, daughters-in-law Marian & Rachel, grandchildren Jamie, Cian, Sophie, Zoey, Erin, Isabella, Emma & Aaron, sisters, brother, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Rest in Peace.

Death of Joe Hanley Post 32 IUNVA – 29/04/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we report the death of Joe Hanley, Post 32, Tralee, Co Kerry on 29 Apr 2022.

Sadly missed by his loving family, his brother Anthony, sister Pauline, the Goodall and Quirke families, relatives and friends.

Rest in Peace.

Death of Charlie Raleigh Post 3

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we report the death of Charlie Raleigh, a member Post 3 from Graigemore, Bunclody Co Wexford and a veteran of A Coy, 36 Inf Bn ONUC, he was involved in the fighting in Elisabethville in Dec 1961 during Op Unokat. His parent unit was 5 Inf Bn.

Beloved husband of Betty and father of Kieran. Brother of Mary, Eve, Kevin, George and the late Jack, Jim and Nancy. Sadly missed by his wife, son, sisters, brothers, daughter-in-law Vanessa, his grandchildren Freya and Callum, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May Charlie Rest In Peace

Death of Capt Brendan Lynch (Retd) S&T Corps – 23/04/2022

From PRO IUNVA

With sadness we inform our members of the death of Capt Brendan Lynch (Retd) (Dungarvan Co Waterford and Co Dublin) who died on 23 Apr 2022.

Capt lynchHe joined the Defence Forces with 41 Cadet Class in 1966 and when he was commissioned in 1968, he was posted to the Supply and Transport Corps.
Two of his brothers served in the Defence Forces, Commodore Frank Lynch and Comdt Eamonn Lynch.
Brendan served in UNIFIL as Transport Officer 44 Inf Bn in 1978 – 1979.

He died at St Francis Hospice Blanchardsown after a hard fought battle.
Sadly missed by his loving and heartbroken wife Wendy, sons Eoin and Killian, stepdaughter Thérese, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Death of  Michael McEvilly Post 9 IUNVA – 17/04/2022

From PRO IUNVA

The death has occurred of Michael McEvilly, Athlone a Member of Post 9 IUNVA.
M. Mc'EvillyRetired Irish Defence Forces (4th Field Signals) and member of Post 9 IUNVA. Peacefully on Sunday 17th April 2022. Magazine Avenue, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Predeceased by his beloved sons Michael and Eddie, and daughter Fiona. Sadly missed by his loving sons Thomas, David, and Patrick, daughters Martina, Cathorina and Amanda, brother Marty, in-laws, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Rest In Peace

Death of Robert (Bobby) Donoghue Post 1 – 6th April 2022

From PRO IUNVA

The death has occurred of Robert (Bobby) Donoghue Inchore, Dublin, a Member of Post 1 IUNVA.


Bobby late of Inchicore and retired CQMS. Beloved husband of Rita and much-loved father of Geraldine, Catherine and Teresa. Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

May he rest in peace.

Death of Lieut Col George Staunton (Retd) 5th April 2022

From PRO IUNVA

We extend our condolences to Col Mark Staunton and the Staunton family on the death of Lt Col
George B Staunton (Retired). Funeral arrangements are as follows:
The death has occurred of Lt. Col. (retired) George Staunton, Ashbrook Gardens, Ennis Rd, Limerick
City, formerly of Tuam and Dublin & late of Castletroy Golf Club. Beloved husband of the late
Jackie. Sadly missed by his loving sons Brian & Mark, daughters Ciara (Murphy) & Aoife, son-in-law Liam, daughters-in-law Sandra & Orla, grandchildren Niamh, Cathal & Roisín, Conor, Tom, Ryan & Flynn, Ronan, Darragh, Colm & Shane, sister Noreen (Farrelly), sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Rest in Peace.

He joined the Defence Forces as a Cadet with 29 Cadet Class in 1954 and he was commissioned on 26 Nov 1956. He served in the Curragh in Dep Sigs, he was OC 3 Fd Sigs Coy FCA in Limerick, OC 1 Fd Sigs Coy in Collins Barracks, Cork. He retired as OC S Comd FCA.
He served in Cyprus with 7 Inf Gp from Oct 1966 to Mar 1967. As a Lt Col he served at UNIFIL HQ.

Death CQMS M. McTighe – (Rtd) 30/03/22

From PRO IUNVA

The death has occured of CQMS Michael Tighe (Retd), on 30 March 2022
Michael he 17th Inf Bn, Connolly Barracks, Longford he also served overseas with 32 Inf Bn, the first unit to serve in the Congo, his parent unit was then 6 Inf Bn. One year later he returned to the Congo and served with A Coy 35 Inf Bn and he fought at Jadotville in Sep 1961 and in Elisabethville in Dec 1961.

 He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Alice, daughters Sandra Martin (Celbridge) and Antonette Keenan (Longford), sons Michael (U.S.A.) and Mark (Cavan), daughters-in-law Maureen and Patricia, sons-in-law Michael and Brendan, grandchildren Dara, Shaena, Erin, Michael, Connor, Ben, Mia, Lauren, Tíornaigh and Ruán, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

The family very much appreciates your support and consideration at this time.

 

 

 

May he rest in peace.

Death of Captain John Clarke (Retd)

We extend our deepest sympathy to IUNVA’s Deputy President Major Gen Kieran Brennan Retd and to his wife Maria on the death of her father, Capt John Clarke, Newbridge Co Kildare.

John Clarke, Cornelscourt, Newbridge & formerly Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow. Founder of Johnstown Garden Centre. Deeply regretted by wife Elsie, children, Jim, Maria, Sean, Pat & Peter, & extended family.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Robbie Dyland – 23rd February 2022

We regret to report of the sad loss of Robert (Robbie) Dyland son of Post 1 member David Dyland.
R. Dyland
Late of 7th Infantry Battalion, Cathal Brugha Barracks. Peacefully at Saint Francis Hospice in the loving care of his heartbroken family. Beloved fiancé of Lauren, adored son of Barbara and David and loving brother of Eve. Robbie will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his Fiancée, Mam and Dad, extended family, neighbours, friends, Defence Forces colleagues, and all who knew him.

Our deepest condolences to David and Barbara at this very sad time.

May Robert Rest in Peace.

 

Death of Lieut Col Pearse McCorley (Retd) – 13th February 2022.

 

It is with regret we inform you of the death of Lieut Col Pearse McCorley (Retd), Newbridge Co Kildare.

He joined the Defence Forces in Dec 1961 as a member of 36 Cadet Class and he was commissioned on 15 July 1963.  He served in the Curragh Training Camp (later C Comd) with 4 Mot Sqn, the Cav Sch, 1 Armd Car Sqn, Cav Workshops, Dep Cav, HQ CTC, P&R Sec DFHQ, GTD, HQ 6 Bde, HQ 4 Bde and HQ C Comd FCA. 

He completed two tours of duty with UNFICYP with the Armd Car Gps of 3 Inf Gp in 1964 and 11 Inf Gp in 1968-69.  He served three tours of duty with UNIFIL in 1980-81, in 1984 and in 1988-89.  He spent fourteen months in Central America as a UN military observer in 1991-92.  In 1994-95 he served with the European Community Monitoring Mission in the Former Yugoslavia and in 1995 he returned to the Balkans with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina.  He retired in January 2002.

May Pearse Rest In Peace

Carpe Diem

Photo caption:  Pearse McCorley photographed in Central America while serving with the United Nations Observer Group in Central America (ONUCA) in 1991-92.  He is standing at number 3 from the right.

Photo credit: private collection of the late Col Sean Norton DSM.

John Byrne

We regret to report the death of a former 2 Cav Sqn Sgt John Byrne who, as a young Tpr in 2 Mot Sqn, served with UNFICYP in Cyprus and later as a NCO with UNIFIL in Lebanon.

Corrduff and late of Cametiu, Bunclody Co Wexford. Loving husband of Rose and step-father of Lisa, Louise and little John. Brother of Jim, Lar, Pat, Martin, Ann, Stacia, Kit and the late Mary and Matt. Sadly missed by his wife, step family, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May John’s soul Rest In Peace

Seamus Furlong

We regret to notify the death of Veteran Seamus Furlong who served in Dep Cav and in a number of UNIFIL Bns in Recce Coy as a Fitter Cpl.

Recce Coy 46 Inf Bn

Peacefully on Sunday 6th February 2022, in the wonderful care of the nurses and staff at Gorey District Hospital. Seamus will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his loving wife Ann, daughter Lorna and her partner James, brother Matt, sisters Gretta, Josie and Eileen, his adored granddaughters Nahla and Milah, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and his many friends.

May He Rest In Peace

The photograph was taken in Sep 2021 at Cav Corps Memorial Day in Plunkett Bks.

 

Andrew McKenna Post 1 IUNVA

The death has occurred of Andrew McKenna Post 1, on 5th February 2022, a Veteran who served with ONUC in the Congo.

Andrew of Finglas, Dublin 11 and formerly Rathnew, Co. Wicklow and late of the 5th Battalion Garrison Transport, McKee Barracks.
Peacefully in Connolly Memorial Hospital, Blanchardstown, surrounded by his family.
Predeceased by his beloved wife Bridget, children Andrew, Raymond and Annette.
Andrew will be very sadly missed by his loving family Elizabeth, Yvonne, Caroline, Kevin, and Ciaran, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, Ciaran’s partner, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, his loyal pal Patch the dog, extended family neighbours and friends.
 
May he Rest in Peace.

Martin Page Post 1 IUNVA

The death has occurred of Martin (Lags) Page (Snr), Melitta Terrace, Melitta Road, Kildare Town, Kildare, on 21st January 2022.

Ex-Defence forces – formerly of Magee Barracks, Kildare Town.
Peacefully in the wonderful care of the staff at Naas Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Husband of the late Sally, son of the late William and Margaret Page, sister Vera and brothers Philip and Billy.


Sadly missed by his loving children Tracey, Martin (Jnr) and Kiera, grandchildren Chloe and Declan, sisters Kathleen, Mary, Geraldine and Mena, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends and his beloved pet dogs Buster and Ruby.

 

May Martin rest in peace.

Comdt John Terence (Terry) McNulty (Retd)

I regret to inform you of the death of Comdt John Terence (Terry) McNulty (Retd) who died on 12 Jan 2022 a few weeks short of his 91st birthday. He joined the Defence Forces as a member of 24 Cadet Class in 1950 and was commissioned into the Inf Corps on 10 Nov 1951. He served mainly in the Eastern Comd with 2 Inf Bn and in DFHQ with Ops Sec. He served as an unarmed military observer with UNTSO in the Middle East in 1974. He was a member of the Reconnaissance Party that travelled to Lebanon in May 1978 in preparation for the deployment of the first DF unit, 43 Infantry Battalion, to UNIFIL.

Funeral details as follows.

 Beloved husband of Ann and loving father of Aidan, Siobhan, Ciara and Eileen. Sadly missed by his family, his grandchildren Amelia, Ellie, Harry, Ella, Sean, Ciara, John and Claire, great-grandchildren Harry and Fionn, daughter-in-law Sandra, sons-in-law George and Garet, brother Ray, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rest in Peace.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Joe McGuinness

The death has occurred of Joe McGuiness, Shanballymore, Cork / Horseleap, Co Offaly, on 10th January 2022.

Formerly Ardnurcher Glebe, Horseleap Offaly.  Peacefully at the University Hospital Limerick. Predeceased by his daughter Michelle, by his parents Jack & Mary Bridget, brother P.J. Mc Guinness (Clara), sister Kitty Jennette (Tullamore) and sister Maggie Higgins (Moate). Deeply regretted by his loving son Mark, his brothers and sisters Mary McManus (Athlone), Ber Monagle (Athlone), John McGuinness (Horseleap), Liam Mc Guinness (Tullamore), Josie Farrell (Manorhamilton), Nuala Heffernan (Tullamore), Patricia Burke (Ballinasloe), Philomena Arnold (England), Tom McGuinness (Australia), Frances Irving (Tullamore), Pauline Maker (England) and Geraldine Mogridge (Scotland), brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May Joe Rest In Peace

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

 

Brigadier General Jack Kissane (Retd) Post 30

The death has occurred of Brigadier General Jack (Seán) Kissane, Salthill, Galway / Lisselton, Co Kerry (peacefully) at his home in Salthill in the loving care of his family, on Wednesday 5th January 2022. Pre-deceased by his first wife Mary (née Hassett), brothers Fr. Michael, Edward, Richie and sisters Mary and Peggy McElligott. 

Beloved husband of Maureen (née Dunleavy) and the late Mary, much loved father of Niamh Ryan (Tipperary), Katherine Stapleton (Naas), John (Wales), Lorna Mayne, (Dubai) and Keith (Galway).  Deeply mourned by his wife and family, his sister Hannah May Liston, daughters-in-law Corrin and Hilary, sons-in-law Dominic, Eoin and Steve, adored grandchildren, nieces, nephews, the extended Kissane, Dunleavy and Hassett families, neighbours and friends. 

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Michael Doherty

Funeral notice for Michael Doherty a member of Post 30.  He served in the Congo with C Coy 37 Inf Bn from May to Nov 1962, his parent unit was 1 Inf Bn. 

Michael, late of Ballydavid, Athenry, Co, Galway and Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo, who passed away, peacefully, in Mayo General Hospital, after a short illness, on Sunday, 14th November, 2021.

Predeceased by his parents Catherine and Michael, sisters Rita and Monica and his grandson Danny.

Michael will be missed by Stella, their son Karl and daughter Theresa (UK), grandchildren Titula, Phoebe, Danielle, Jade and Marcus (UK), brothers Noel, Henry and Gerry (Athenry), sisters Anne Higgins (Carnmore), Lilly Scahill (Corofin), Maureen Goddard and Patsy Wilsher (UK) brothers in-law, sisters in-law, his many nieces, nephews and cousins and his wide circle of friends in Athenry and Ballyhaunis. 

 Rest in Peace.

THOMAS KENNY (RIP)

With deep regret we report the death of Thomas Kenny who was one of the two survivors of the Niemba Ambush in which nine personnel from Number 2 Pl, A Coy 35 Inf Bn were killed on 8 Nov 1960 Congo.

(Ballyfermot, Dublin 10) October 30, 2021 – (peacefully) at Our Lady’s Hospice, in the presence his loving family.

Beloved husband of the late Rose. He will be very sadly missed by his loving children and their spouses, grandchildren and their spouses, great-grandchildren, extended family, friends, and his three boys with the four legs.


May he Rest in Peace.