The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS -

THERE was deep sad­ness in Tralee fol­low­ing the pass­ing of Sean Kelly.

A for­mer teacher at CBS The Green, Sean’s pas­sion was rugby and wher­ever he went the topic of rugby was never too far be­hind. Sean was fondly re­mem­bered this week by his many rugby friends as they re­called sto­ries of his un­wa­ver­ing pas­sion for the game.

Shaun John­son is a teacher at the CBS and was a close friend of the Bal­ly­heigue na­tive. “He al­ways had an in­fec­tious wit and al­ways had a story re­lat­ing to his rugby ca­reer. He could talk about any topic whether it be lo­cal his­tory, pol­i­tics or art. But it al­ways found its way back to rugby,” said Shaun.

He de­scribed Sean as an en­thu­si­as­tic spec­ta­tor on the side­line and he would often have to re­mind him that it was only an U11 game!

“He was al­ways good na­tured, of­fer­ing words of wis­dom on scrum­mag­ing as hooker was his po­si­tion.

“Back in those days we used to train teams in Ca­her­slee and Sean wouldn’t go home un­til it was dark.

“His great de­light was when we won school matches. His smile was brighter and his step was lighter for the rest of the day.

“We will miss him, and most es­pe­cially the Tralee rugby com­mu­nity and teach­ers past and present in The Green,” said Shaun.

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh

Staff and stu­dents of CBS The Green pro­vid­ing a guard of hon­our with mem­bers of Tralee Rugby Club at the fu­neral of re­tired teacher Sean Kelly, in­set, as his re­mains were brought from the Rugby Club to his na­tive Bal­ly­heigue, where they were in­terred fol­low­ing Re­quiem Mass on Tues­day.

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