Widespread regret and sadness was occasioned in Dualla and surrounding districts on learning of the unexpected death of Eamonn Quinlan which occurred at his residence in Ballykelly, on Monday, 28th August. His premature passing at the age of 53 was a source of shock and sadness for his family and friends. Eamonn was son of Ned and Eileen Quinlan, Ballytarnsa and hailed from a family of four boys and two girls. For a number of years, he worked in Cashel Post Office and with his endearing and friendly manner made many friends. As a builder by trade, he possessed a great work ethic, which he inherited from his parents Ned and Eileen. Many a home in our community and elsewhere have evidence of his workmanship. He had a great love of music, which he passed on to his sons Eamonn and Cathal. Their musical participation at his Funeral Mass helped to enhance the liturgy for the occasion. He also had a great love of motor racing and bikes and members of the Bikers Club were present in Dualla to pay their respects to a comrade. Sadly, three years ago, as a result of an accident, his life was changed but he always displayed a positive attitude both in his recovery and situation. He was a great community person and very active in his parish with his sound system at parish gatherings and fundraising events. With his friendly presence, always caring and encouraging he touched the lives of many in laughter and song. On Thursday, his remains were reposing at Devitts Funeral Home and on the following morning after reposing at his parent’s home, were removed to the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, Dualla. His Funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joe Egan PP and assisted by Fr. Tom Dunne CC. The very large attendance on both days testified to his popularity and to the esteem in which he and his family are held. He is survived by his two sons Eamonn and Cathal and their mother Eilish. Also by his parents Ned and Eileen, brothers Michael, Noel, Patrick and sisters Mary and Helena, brothers in law Rudolf and John, sisters in law Cher and Jackie, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends to whom sympathy is extended.
Peace to his soul.