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End of an era in Courtwood and Rath community following death of Pete Corcoran

Pete Corcoran RIP

This week marked the end of an era in the small rural areas of Courtwood and Rath following the death of Pete Corcoran, one of the oldest members of the local community.

A real gentle giant, Pete is fondly remembered as a great character, neighbour and friend to many people – with a witty word for those he came in contact with.

The Corcoran family home is at Courtwood Bridge at the Grand Canal where Pete lived and farmed for all his life.

A member of the first Courtwood football team to take to the field in the early 1960s, two different Ballybrittas soccer teams also played on his land near the Derries Woods, where the motorway now runs.

Pete passed away peacefully at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Predeceased by his parents John and Josephine and brother John. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Kathleen, family Majella, Johnny, Peter and Imelda, brother Willie, sisters Sr Gemma, Mary and Josephine, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Removal from his residence on Friday at 11:30am arriving The Sacred Heart Church, Rath for Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to The New Cemetery Emo.

Those attending are asked to adhere to government guidelines regarding Social Distancing and wearing of face masks and handshaking.

Pete’s Requiem Mass will be streamed live on https://laoisfuneralslive.com/johnmaherfuneraldirector. Family Flowers Only Please. Donations If Desired To The Irish Alzheimer’s Society.

The family would like to thank you for your help and understanding at this sad and difficult time.

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