The death has occurred of Seán O’Sullivan, the former long-serving and highly-respected principal of Pike-of-Rushall National School.
Originally from Lispole in West Kerry, Seán came to Laois in the mid 1950s and served as principal of the Rushall school, just off the old N7 main road. He and his wife Betty lived next to the school where they reared their family.
One of many Kerry men to come to this part of the country to play a significant role in education and sporting circles, Sean introduced many young Castletown players to hurling and had a bird’s eye view of the club’s golden era from 1995 to 2005.
His son John was trainer and captain when the club made the breakthrough in 1995 and the family have had a strong association with Castletown and Laois GAA over the years.
Sean died peacefully in the excellent care of Rivervale Nursing Home, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary and surrounded by his loving family).
Pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth (Betty) (nee Mc Namara), son Michael-Gerard, great grandson Ehsaan, brothers Patti, Micheál and Jimmy, sisters Maura and Carmel.
Sadly missed by his sons Patrick, Micheál, John and Fionán, daughters Maura and Anne, daughters in law, sons in law, his sister Eileen and brother Matt, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nephews and nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends.
Reposing in Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home, Castletown (Eircode R32 TN84) this Sunday evening from 2 o’clock with rosary in the funeral home at 8 o’clock.
Removal this Monday morning (October 11) to St Edmund’s Church, Castletown (Eircode R32 KT22) for funeral Mass at 12 noon, followed by burial in Churchtown Cemetery, Castletown.
Seán’s Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the St Edmunds’ Church Castletown Facebook page.
Those attending the funeral home or at the church, please respect distancing guidelines at all time. The capacity of the church is limited to 50%.
The O’Sullivan Family thank you for your co-operation and understanding at this sad and difficult time. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu if desired to a hospice of your choice.