Sadness at passing of veterans founder Joe O’Mahony

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

The late Joe O'Mahony, who passed away this week
The man behind the first International Veterans Day, which was held in Limerick earlier this year, has died.

The man behind the first International Veterans Day, which was held in Limerick earlier this year, has died.

Joe O’Mahony, from Glasgow Park, passed away at the University Hospital, Limerick on Tuesday after a short illness.

While Joe worked most of his life as a psychiatric nurse in St Joseph’s Hospital, he was best known for his involvement in Pitch and Putt and also the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women.

He was instrumental in the setting up of the drop-in centre for retired soldiers in Limerick and also the Veterans Day which attracted 600 people from all over the world earlier this year.

The Veterans Day was run in conjunction with Limerick City of Culture.

Joe spent 40 years with the FCA and on retiring from that organisation joined the ONE.

He became very involved at all level in the organisation and held the position of secretary and PRO, and served as president for three years.

“In 2013 he was elected to the board of directors in Dublin and in January this year was elected president and chairman of the Southern Area Council, and was active up to a few weeks ago,” president Gerry Enright, said in paying tribute to his long time colleague this week.

“I knew Joe from his FCA days and he did great work for the ONE and will be sadly missed,” he said.