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Sadness as master butcher, publican and champion athlete passes away

Loughlin Delaney who has passed away after a long illness was well known in business and athletic circles throughout Laois. He was 65.

Better known as Lockey Delaney, he ran a thriving butcher’s shop in the Market Square, Portlaoise for years.

A master victualler he was renowned for the quality of his cuts and his friendly, courteous and easy-going manner. With Lockey it was always service with a smile.

He later transferred to a different business entirely when he purchased ‘Dinny Joe’s’ pub just a few doors down the street.

Here he ran a roaring trade as a publican in a premises that was synonymous with sport and sing songs and popularly known as ‘Lockey’s’.

In his youth he was a fine athlete and held the Laois 100m and 200m titles, lining out for Ballyfin AC.

Loughlin Delaney, Newpark, Portlaoise and late of Greenview House, Ridge Rd., Portlaoise died on Saturday, November 9, 2019.

Peacefully in the tender care of Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his loving children, Derry, Frances, Emily and their mother Mary.

He was a son of the late John and Kathleen Delaney and dear brother to Joe, Mary, Rena, Sheila, Madeleine and John. Step son of the late Robbie. Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Eve and Jonah, his companion, Carmel, sisters in law, brothers in law, nephews, nieces, relatives and a large circle of relatives and friends.

Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home from 7.30pm this Monday evening, November 11 with rosary at 9pm.

Removal on Tuesday, November 12 to arrive at SS Peter and Paul’s Church for 11.30am Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery.

Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross.

At Henry Tobin’s retirement party in Lockeys in 2004, Portlaoise, from left: Gerry O’Malley, Lockey Delaney, Timmy Gleeson, PHenry Tobin, Pascal Dooley and Kevin O’Rourke
Picture: Alf Harvey.

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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company. He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla - Camper Heaven.