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Sadness at death of former Ballyfin College vice principal Ber Devaney

The death has occurred of Ber Devaney, a Galway native and long-time resident of Portlaoise.

Ber was a highly-regarded deputy principal in Ballyfin College and an active member of the local community.

Originally from Forster Street in Galway, he was a proud member of the Liam Mellows GAA club in Galway whom he won a senior hurling title with in the late 1960s.

During his time living in Laois, he was involved with Ballyfin GAA Club, Portlaoise Rugby Club and was a former captain of The Heath Golf Club.

Ber is survived by his wife Phil and sons Ronan and Aidan.

He was the beloved brother of Paddy and the late Maura.

Sadly missed by his sorrowing family, daughter-in-law Thelma, precious grandchildren Sam, Laura and Kate, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours, former colleagues and wide circle of friends.

Funeral arrangments will be finalised later.

Above – Ber Devaney on the right with his great friends Barry Larkin, Peter Kelly and Joe McNamara on a tour of Croke Park with Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy in the background. Below – enjoying a pint in the Guinness Storehouse

Some of the Ballyfin College teaching staff at the school’s debs in 1998

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