There was a profound sense of shock and disbelief in Galbertstown and surrounding areas last week when news spread of the sudden passing of Donie Shanahan R.I.P. Donie was going about his daily work as usual when he was called to his eternal reward on Thursday morning, 24th February.
Donie was born in Galbertstown almost 66 years ago and was raised by his late father, Johnny Shanahan (Ann) and his mother Katie together with his two brothers John Joe R.I.P. and Billy, and his sister Josephine. As a young man Donie had a keen interest in hurling and played with Moycarkey with some success. Later he was involved with Holycross and assisted with the juvenile teams where his advice and expertise was much appreciated.
Galbertstown and Cashel were merged when Donie met and married Helen O’Connell from Kilbreedy and they settled in Galbertstown where they raised their son Donal. Through the years, Donie was involved with many things, especially the organisation, planning and fundraising for the erection of the memorial to the Galbertstown teams of 1954-61 and he was very proud when the memorial was completed and unveiled at Volkes’ Cross in September 1998. Together with his son Donal, his neighbour Tom Flanagan and his friend for many years, Tom Heaphy, he was a regular participant in vintage tractor shows and rallys, raising much needed funds for various charities. He was also very proud of Donal’s many achievements on the racing track.
All who visit the Shanahan home in Galbertstown are assured of a warm welcome and Donie loved nothing better than to have the neighbours call for a chat, young and old alike. Donie welcomed them all and many a good night was had, telling stories, playing music and singing. He had a wide variety of interests and like his father before him, he had a deep love for all things Irish and traditional, Donie played the button accordeon and spent many happy hours playing at parties and other events with his sister-in-law Eileen.
He will be sadly missed by all his friends and neighbours but especially by his wife Helen, son Donal, his sister and brother, nieces, nephews and extended family. A large number of his friends formed a guard of honour to accompany his remains to Holycross Abbey and after his Funeral Mass on Sunday he was interred in Ardmayle Cemetery where as it was in the past, once more Galbertstown and Cashel were merged as a bowl of soil from Donie’s native place was added to the soil which was used to fill in his final resting place. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
“The happy home, the open door, the friendliness within,
the hands outstretched to greet you, you’re welcome, are you coming in”.
Ar deis De to raibh a anaim.