Family and friends mourn ‘exceptional’ community man

Although he had suffered from serious illness in recent months a deep sense of shock was felt throughout the county this week, and especially in GAA circles, at the death of Jim Holohan.

Although he had suffered from serious illness in recent months a deep sense of shock was felt throughout the county this week, and especially in GAA circles, at the death of Jim Holohan.

Mr. Holohan, who was in his early to mid 60s, died at his home at Ballyknockane, Kilsheelan, on Monday night.

Jim was an integral part of the community in Kilsheelan and was actively involved in the local GAA club. He was club secretary for 15 years up to the time of his death and was a former player who won a County Senior Football medal in 1972, as well as Junior and Intermediate hurling titles with the club.

A farmer, he also worked for a time at the former Burke’s Bacon Factory in O’Connell Street, Clonmel.

Jim was a member and former chairman of the Tipperary United Sports Panel, which each year presents the Annerville Awards to the county’s amateur sports stars of the year. Despite his illness he and his wife Bridget attended the Sports Panel’s annual function at Hotel Minella in Clonmel at the end of January.

He was also chairman of the community hall committee in Killurney and a member of the Tipperary GAA Yearbook committee. He had a great love for quizzes, especially sports quizzes.

He and Bridget, who shared a love of travel, were correspondents for The Nationalist in Kilsheelan for many years.

His fellow Kilsheelan man, County GAA Board chairman Sean Nugent said “Jim was an exceptional person. His life was dedicated to his family, his farm, the GAA and the community. He was also a great friend and a great neighbour”.

Jim’s remains will leave his home at Ballyknockane at 6.30 this evening, Wednesday, for Gambonsfield Church. He will be buried in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Thursday.

Jim Holohan is survived by his wife Bridget; brother Eddie; sisters Vera, Kathleen and Sheila, other relations and friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.