SADNESS has greeted the death of Joe O’Connor, one of the key organisers of Féile Luimní and the Limerick Choral Festival.
Mr O’Connor, from O’Connell Avenue, was just 60 years when he passed away in University Hospital Limerick after a short illness last Saturday.
The city man, who worked in Shannon Airport and was heavily involved in the organisation of Féile Luimní for many years, was also festival organiser of the Limerick Choral Festival, which began life in 2005 as the Limerick Festival of Church Music and was hugely popular with local and national choirs alike.
Mr O’Connor recently received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal from Bishop Brendan Leahy – the highest award that can be made to lay people for their service to the church.
The medal was on the altar for the funeral service this week, which took place in St Joseph’s Church on Tuesday - the scene of many choral concerts organised by Joe over the years.
A large number of clergy also turned out to attend the services. He was laid to rest in Mount Saint Oliver cemetery.
Mr O’Connor is survived by his sister Margaret, brothers Vivian and Chris and a wide circle of extended family and friends.