On July 7th 2019 peacefully in the gentle care of the staff of Killarney Nursing Home, Dan, aged 98. Predeceased by his wife Margaret. Sadly missed by his loving family, nieces, nephews, sister in law, brothers in law, relatives especially Con, neighbours and friends. R.I.P.
Reposing at O’Keeffe’s Funeral Home, Rathmore on this Monday eve. (July 8th)from 7pm to 9pm. Followed by removal to the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Shrone. Mass on Tuesday (July 9th) at 11.30am. Burial afterwards in Rathmore Cemetery. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. [rip]
Dan Cronin was born in a cosy and homely thatched cottage in the wonderfully scenic townland of Aunaskirtane, Rathmore, Co. Kerry in the 1920s. He was educated in Shrone N.S. up to the age of fourteen. Dan had always maintained a keen interest in old tales and history. His superb narratives were penned from reality. Fireside tales of other days so gripped that he often felt he was present as the stories were occurring. It was a true privilege knowing the wonderful Dan and his late wife, Margaret. Dan had such a wonderful sense of humour and his consistent smile projected his sincere friendliness to All. Being a member of a very special Sliabh Luachra group which was formed to coordinate the most memorable Launch of one of Dan’s most famous and most popular books “In the Shadow of the Paps” at the “Two Mile Inn” Hotel in Killarney (now “The Torc” near Lissavigeen) it was such an honour being asked to take the photograph which appears on the cover of the world renowned book. And what a mighty day we all had visiting various locations in Sliabh Luachra to capture images for the book with Dan relating such great stories about each location as we travelled on a beautiful day in Summer. Dan and Margaret were always so very welcoming not only in Aunaskirtane but also in Rathmore. Dan has left a magnificent legacy in the world of literature and history. Thankfully, over the years Dan was recorded on television, radio and locally. What a hugely valuable treasure this is for many generations to come. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. (Seán Radley)
Watch Dan talk about the City of Shrone here: https://vimeo.com/17994559