The death occurred of PJ Hoctor Kiltillane, Clonmore Road Templemore on February 24th. PJ was a true gentleman, a loving husband and father, and a friend to all who knew him.
Born in March 1934, he lived in Shinrone and later moved to Knockshegowna to live with his grandfather Andy Brereton. It was here that he developed a love for traditional Irish music and went on to become a talented flute player. From a young age he performed with the local drama society. After moving to work in Athy, he met with many influential musicians e.g. Tony Byrne and Sean Ryan (fiddle players).In 1964 he became a member of the Sean Ryan Ceili Band, winning a Leinster Final at the Fleadh Cheoil in Edenderry. They made numerous recordings with their band for RTE and performed on programmes like ‘Bring Down the Lamp’ and ‘Our Parish’.
PJ worked in Antigen before moving to Templemore in 1968. On his arrival in Templemore he became involved with local musicians. In the early 70’s he played for the ceili’s in the local CBS.
He worked with his brother Seamus and his father Jim at the Ironworks in Main Street. After a number of years he moved to a workshop at the rear of his residence in Kiltillane. He developed a light engineering business there - his hallmark was the production of wrought iron gates & railings. Among his pieces were the Mart Gates in Bank Street. His works were on display on numerous occasions at St Patrick’s Day parades.
In June 1994 PJ was elected to Templemore Town Council for the Fianna Fail Party. In June 1996 he became Mayor of Templemore. He regarded the new Water Scheme and the development of Clonmore Road as two of his many successes.
PJ’s remains were removed from his residence to the Church of the Sacred Heart Templemore. A Guard of Honour of past and present Council Members met his funeral cortege at the Town Hall. A Guard of Honour of Fianna Fail members also met his funeral as it arrived at the church for 2pm Requiem Mass. The Mass was concelebrated by Canon Everard, following which he was laid to rest in St Joseph’s Cemetery.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Kathleen, daughters Mary and Frances, sisters Theresa, Rita, Kathleen, grandchildren, sons in law, relatives and friends.
“May his gentle soul rest in peace”