HOSPICE REEL­ING FROM LOSS OF GREAT CHAM­PION

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

TED Moyni­han was born in Blen­nerville and was em­ployed at the Tralee Boot Fac­tory for nine years be­fore the fac­tory was gut­ted by fire in 1959.

He sub­se­quently took up em­ploy­ment dur­ing the con­struc­tion of the Castel­rosse Ho­tel in Kil­lar­ney and also worked as a bus con­duc­tor with CIE from 1960 to 1963. He later worked as a driver for Kerry Pe­tro­leum ser­vic­ing the South Kerry route.

From 1982 to 1987 he worked with Ja­son Prod­ucts in Tralee and was em­ployed with the US tex­tile com­pany, Kl­op­man, from 1987 to 1997. He is de­scribed as be­ing a ded­i­cated and ‘loyal mem­ber of the FCA for more than 43 years’ reach­ing the rank of Sergeant Ma­jor. He mar­ried Breda Fo­ley from Mar­ian Park in 1964 and they had two sons.

Ted was di­ag­nosed with can­cer in 1983 and again in 2015 dur­ing which time he de­vel­oped the mo­ti­va­tion to cre­ate the Kerry Hospice Foun­da­tion hav­ing re­alised the need for a hospice in his own county. He also co­or­di­nated the es­tab­lish­ment of more than 20 branches of the Kerry Hospice Foun­da­tion - 18 of which are still in ex­is­tence to­day.

In 1990, at a con­fer­ence in Bal­ly­mullen Army Bar­racks, Ted an­nounced that the 15th Bat­tal­ion of the FCA was to un­der­take a 150 mile spon­sored walk - that in­cluded the Ring of Kerry - with the pro­ceeds go­ing to Baile Mhuire Tralee and the Kerry Can­cer Sup­port Group. This prompted Ted to es­tab­lish a Hospice move­ment in Kerry, along with Dr Tom Mc­Cor­mack at Tralee Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

As well as his proud Kerry Per­son of the Year Award in 2017, Ted was also be­stowed the 2010 All-Ire­land Vol­un­teer Award, a Civic Re­cep­tion from Tralee Town Coun­cil, and was Grand Mar­shall of the Tralee St Pa­trick’s Day Pa­rade in 2011. He was also ac­corded a civic re­cep­tion from the mem­bers of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict on May 9, 2016.

Ted is sur­vived by his wife Breda, sons Teddy, Si­mon and his four grand­chil­dren whom he adored, Chloe, Jade, Si­mon and Bláth­naid.

Ted was ac­tively in­volved in the Tralee Footwear and FCA in his younger days and played basketball in the 1950s, and foot­ball with the Kerins O’Rahilly’s GAA Club. He was a mem­ber of Tralee Light Opera So­ci­ety in the late 1950s and was stage man­ager for ‘Show­boat’ which starred the late Jack Cruise.

Ever de­voted to com­mu­nity, Ted was the Chair­man of Mar­ian Park Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion in late 1960s and also chair­man of Mar­ian Park Com­mu­nity Games. In the 1970s he was in­volved with Pro Celtic Basketball Club and served as sec­re­tary of the Kerry County Basketball Board and Pres­i­dent of the Mun­ster Basketball Board from 1978 to 1979. Ted was a found­ing mem­ber of Tralee Bay Sea An­gling Club.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Ted at the cen­tre of an art exhibition in aid of the Kerry Hospice Foun­da­tion.

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