Com­mu­nity-spir­ited Din was al­ways help­ing out

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - NEWS -

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.

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