‘The sup­port shown af­ter An­thony’s death has been in­cred­i­ble’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

AL­MOST €65,000 raised and a to­tal still ris­ing at time of print. The O’Sul­li­van fam­ily of Kil­cum­min is in deep mourn­ing af­ter the death of el­dest son An­thony in Aus­tralia last week but the gen­er­ous sup­port of friends and fam­ily has pro­vided some so­lace in dif­fi­cult times.

Aged 33, An­thony O’Sul­li­van died sud­denly in Aus­tralia on Sun­day, Novem­ber 5. The el­dest of seven boys, the fam­ily await the re­sults of a post mortem.

In the days af­ter An­thony’s death, friends launched a Go Fund Me page to cover repa­tri­a­tion and burial costs. The fund quickly sur­passed its orig­i­nal tar­get and is cur­rently more than dou­ble. For An­thony’s fa­ther, Paddy, a for­mer prin­ci­pal of An­abla NS, the sup­port has quite sim­ply been “over­whelm­ing”.

“It’s just in­cred­i­ble al­to­gether. I was very ap­pre­hen­sive at first but An­thony’s friends in­sisted it was what they wanted to do, par­tic­u­larly his good friend and class­mate Daniel O’Leary. The money will go di­rectly to funeral costs and ev­ery­thing raised above the tar­get is go­ing to the Kevin Bell Repa­tri­a­tion Foun­da­tion.

“Kevin’s fa­ther Colin con­tacted the fam­ily to say they are sim­ply dumb­founded by the amount of money that has been raised and that he is ex­tremely grate­ful,” Paddy stated.

An­thony’s broth­ers Kil­lian (29) and Patrick (30) who live in Dar­win were at An­thony’s hos­pi­tal bed­side when he died. They Skyped home so Paddy and other fam­ily mem­bers could say good­bye. “We were able to tune in and be there with him on video. Even though it was very trau­matic and sad, it was great to have such tech­nol­ogy.”

A DJ who was known across Aus­tralia, An­thony pre­vi­ously played The Grand in Kil­lar­ney and at var­i­ous Kerry wed­dings. He had build up a wide net­work of friends since mov­ing to Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary 2010.

“I just have no words to de­scribe the sup­port,” said Paddy. “An­thony’s friends in Aus­tralia have just been in­cred­i­bly help­ful to my sons.”

“Dur­ing the week An­thony’s friends or­gan­ised a walk from Coogee to Bondi and after­wards he­lium bal­loons were re­leased. There was a flock of birds that flew over after­wards, twice, and that was so fit­ting for An­thony as he loved birds, in fact all an­i­mals,” Paddy re­called.

“He used to breed bud­gies and pi­geons at home, from the age of just 14.”

“The Coogee Bay Ho­tel was An­thony’s haunt and there were about 300 of his friends who gath­ered there to re­mem­ber him last week. Some of them had been down al­ready from Perth and Bris­bane and they flew back down again, it was very touch­ing,” he added.

An­thony had re­cently cut back his DJing to week­ends to be able to train in elec­tri­cal work and Paddy had planned to travel to Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary to visit his sons. It was one of his last con­ver­sa­tions with An­thony.

An­thony will be buried with his mother Sheila who lost her fight against can­cer in 2004.

The Late An­thony O’Sul­li­van

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