Community-spirited Din was always helping out
THERE was great sadness at the news of the death of Denis
(Din) Doran, who passed away peacefully in St Vincent’s Hospital, surrounded by his family.
Denis was born in Carnew on August 12, 1941, the fourth of eight children. The family was well-known for running Doran’s shop at School Heights.
After leaving school, Denis joined the Christian Brothers in Kimmage, Dublin. Now called Brother Bernard, he was sent to Sierra Leone where he spent two years working in schools. On his return to Ireland, he left the religious order and taught in Athy before taking up a post teaching construction studies at IT Carlow, where he remained until his retirement.
Denis was very active within the local GAA and heavily involved in the development of the clubhouse and new pitches. With ‘The Score’, he won two All-Ireland GAA novelty competitions.
Denis was also known for volunteering as Santa Claus in schools and community groups. He was always calling into his neighbours to help as a handyman with odd jobs and everyone had something that he had made in their home. His silver Toyota Corolla ‘1995 W 1234’ was filled with cushions for his passengers’ comfort.
Denis received the Benemerenti Medal, an honour awarded by the Pope, in 2018. He was a long-time conductor in the church choir in Carnew and recently sang in the All Saints choir too. At his funeral, both choirs joined together for a special performance.
Denis was pre-deceased by his brother Aidan. He was much loved and will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret, children Diarmuid, Gary, Aóife and Michelle. his sisters Ettie, Betty, Marion and Nancy, brothers Dermot and Martin, all his grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.
His funeral mass took place last Thursday in the Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Carnew, followed by burial in Tomacork Cemetery.
The late Denis (Din) Doran.