THE chairman of Kilkenny City Harriers (KCH) athletics club Sean Kelly who died recently has left a huge void in many, many lives not least in those of his heartbroken wife Frances; his three daughters Caroline, Simone and Alison; mother Maura and a huge circle of friends. the 52-year-old died suddenly at his home on the Sion Road, Kilkenny city in the early hours of Saturday, July 23.
As a mark of respect, the KCH athletes who competed in the All Ireland relays in Tullamore wore black armbands and the club formed a guard of honour at his funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 27.
Sean was also treasurer of County Kilkenny Athletics Board and had many sporting interests. As well as being an excellent rugby player with Kilkenny Rugby Club, he was also a valued member of Kilkenny Golf Club where he featured on many teams.
Originally from Edenderry, Co Offaly, he was an engineer by profession. He was a warm and kind person who always went out of his way to help others in any way he could. His popularity was reflected in the huge numbers who attended his obsequies. But most of all he was a family man who always put his wife, Fran and their three girls first and he was so very proud of them all. Fr Liam Lawton, a childhood friend was the main celebrant at Sean’s funeral Mass in St John’s Church with Fr Frank Purcell as co-celebrant. His remains were cremated in accordance with his wishes.