Former FF TD, Carey Joyce, passes away

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Cork TD who died at the weekend aged 88.

Carey Joyce, a predecessor of Ned O’Keeffe, served as a Fianna Fáil TD for the Cork East constituency from 1981 to 1982.

The farmer and agricultural contractor was described as a larger-than-life character who served on Cork County Council from 1974 until he stepped down from local politics in 1999.

He was replaced on the local authority by a near neighbour, Cllr Frank O’Flynn, who said Carey Joyce would be a great loss to the people of Fermoy.

“Carey was a tireless worker. He was a great neighbour and a very strong and loyal member of Fianna Fáil,” Mr O’Flynn said.

Carey Joyce died at his home at Acres, Fermoy, on Sunday night. Standing orders are expected to be suspended at today’s Cork County Council meeting in County Hall to mark his passing.

Michael Ahern TD, a second cousin of Mr Joyce, said he was a man large in stature and spirit.

“I was talking to him just a week ago and he was still telling me what needed to be done to improve the lot of the local community,” said Mr Ahern.

He said Mr Joyce had an incredible appetite for reading. “You could discuss any topic with him and he’d be up to speed on it.”

Hundreds are expected to attend his removal at 7.30pm today from Ronayne’s Funeral Home to the local St Patrick’s Church.

He will be buried following 11.30am Requiem Mass tomorrow at Kilcrumper Old Cemetery, Fermoy.

He is survived by his wife Margaret; son Denis, and daughter Mary.

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