Kilkenny lost one of its most beloved and talented musicians last week, with the sad passing of local man Eamon O’ Hara (Harney), late of Deloughry Place.
Eamon was born in Freshford, where he grew up working in the local family filling station. He developed a passion for cars at a young age, and had a natural gift for electronics and mechanics.
It was for his music, however, that he was best known. Over the years, he was involved with a variety of different bands, through which he made many friends and admirers.
In the 1960s, he played with local band ‘The Lords’ which he formed with two neighbours. He went on to play with many others, including ‘The Rumors’, ‘The Looney Tunes’, ‘The Texas Tears’, ‘The Rhythm Aces’, ‘The Super Noodles’, and most recently, ‘The Backdoor blues’.
Although he suffered from illness throughout his life, he always pursued his passion for music and for living life to the fullest. He was never short of a word of helpful advice for someone starting out, or trying to get involved in the music scene.
Eamon sadly lost his mother Maureen (nee Fortune) and brothers Sean and Michael in a short space of time in the1970s. He was also predeceased by his father Jack and his stepmother Una.
In spite of numerous setbacks, he remained positive, good-humoured, upbeat, caring, helpful and kind. He played his last gig in 2012, and although he felt unwell at the time, his performance lacked for nothing.
He slipped away on Tuesday, January 22, surrounded by beloved family and friends. His funeral took place in St Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday morning, with burial in St Lachtain’s cemetery, Freshford.
Eamon will be deeply missed, but lovingly remembered by his partner Norma and her daughter Katie, his uncle Joe, aunt Carmel, cousins, other relatives and countless friends.