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John Sweeney Has Passed

It’s not the greatest of feelings, watching one iconic Greystones family bury their beloved mother and then hearing that another much-loved local clan has also suffered a loss.

Less than 24 hours before Bridie Mooney was laid to rest, on Thursday, September 24th 2020, John Sweeney passed away.

Joe’s eldest lad had been battling cancer for some time, and had recently returned home from hospital. His illness was getting the better of him, and he wanted to be around his family, and in the town that he grew up in.

An intensely private man in later years, our strongest image of John Sweeney – other than his helping run the family chipper down at the harbour – goes back to our shared late 1970s schooldays in St David’s, when he was pretty much The Prince of Greystones. Who in the town didn’t know John Sweeney? And the fact that this lanky, swaggering teenager had a feckin’ car!

That his dad, Joe, ran the town arcade made John pretty much Michael Corleone in our eyes.

And through it all, John had fun. Lots and lots of fun.

Our condolences to his parents, Joe and Ann, his wife, AnnMarie, and daughter, Rachael, along with his brother Ronan and sisters Aileen, Joanne and Siobhan, and all the extended Sweeney family, relatives and friends.

John will repose at home from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday, with the funeral arriving to the Holy Rosary Church on Monday 29th at 1pm – online here – followed by interment in Redford Cemetery. Any queries to William Doyle Funeral Home on 0862508010.


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  1. Gemma Jacobsen says:

    Sincere condolences to Joe and family on the sad loss of John. RIP.

    The Jacobsen family

  2. Liz Moore says:

    Very sad to hear this. John was one of my favourite people in St. Davids. We were in the same year. He always had a smile on his face and a twinkle of divilment. Was always a sincere pleasure to spend time with him. RIP John… good memories xx

  3. The Stack Family says:

    Thinking of you all & sending our
    Deepest condolences
    May he Rest In Peace .

  4. Catherine Black says:

    Condolences to the Sweeney Family.
    Fond memories of growing up in Blacklion and Greystones.
    May John Rest in Peace.
    Kathleen Hayden Black

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  6. Paul says:

    Just some of the messages for John on our social media…

    Ann P Mcdonnell Cranny RIP John, sympathy to all the Sweeney family.

    Henry Gilbert So sad to hear off John’s passing R.I.P

    Caffrey Paul Adios, John- lots of fun when we were young. RIP.

    Julian Swann Very sorry to hear this news. RIP, John. Condolences to all the family. Thoughts are with you all today.

    David Meenan Condolences to the Sweeney family. Sorry to hear this. John was a sound man. RIP.

    Top Fan
    Rob Tyndall Very sad news. Thoughts are with the family. Always took care of us when we visited the chipper..

    Ciara Brassington My sincerest condolences to Anne-Marie & Rachael and all of the Sweeney family! John was a lovely kind man, may he rest in peace

    Pippy Hillen Such sad news..thinking of Ann Marie and Rachel and all the family at this sad time. RIP John ❤️

    Fidelma O’Mahony Such sad news RIP John
    Sincere condolences to all the family

    Ian Donohoe Awful news, always loved popping into the bar for a good old jaw with stones when I was back, sending love to all the family

    Sb Woohoo Shocked! Condolences to the whole Sweeney family.
    Robert Galligan.

    Eoin Woods I’m truly shocked to hear this sad news . Rest in peace John .

    Debbie Scanlan RIP John, my thoughts are with all the Sweeney family at this sad time.

    Sarahj Byrne Very sad to hear this news RIP john

    Audrey Tracey So sorry thinking of you all John was a lovely person RIP John

    Bill Daly This guy was my buddy for 40 years..never in all that time have I hear him say a bad word about anybody..he was a genuine person and I’m so privatised to have him as a friend..R.I.P..John love you bud.

    Fiona Dowling 2 sad passings Paul. So many fond memories of the pool hall and of Mooney’s shop while we waited for the school bus. You told the sceal well. RIP John and RIP Bridie Mooney. Sincere condolences to the Sweeney and the Mooney families.

    Suzanne Hackett Cox Thinking of all of John’s family and friends at this very sad time. May he Rest in Peace

    Anne-Marie Lawless So very sad to hear this, our condolences to Anne-Marie, Rachel and all the Sweeney family, our thoughts are with x

    Tom Foley RIP John. Sincere condolences to all the Sweeney Family.

    Jeannine Murphy So sorry to hear this sad news. May he RIP

    Debbie Howard Very sad news thoughts and prayers for all his family ❤️

    Top Fan
    Aisling Foran Oh that’s awful. The poor family. Terrible.

    Siobhan Harding Condolences to Siobhán and to Joe and all the family. RIP

    Susan Kirwan A lovely man, Rest In Peace John.

    Linda Smyth RIP…. John, a lovely man, a pleasure to work with you. Thinking of all the Sweeney family ❤

    Paul Hayden RIP John. Thinking of all the family at this really sad time.

    Richard Ricky Slevin RIP John

    Jennifer Moore It’s been a sad week for Greystones..

    Valerie Brunton Browne Sincerest sympathies to the Sweeney household and family. May John rest in peace xxx

    Siobhan Hanley Rest in peace John, my condolences to all the family, especially his daughter Rachel, much love .

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    Chris Dobson This is a shock to hear, my condolences to all his family, and may he rest in peace

    David Evans Rest in peace

    Rose Taylor Rip John condolences to the sweeney family

    Anna O’Rourke So sorry to hear this, John was a lovely person. R.I.P John and sincere sympathy to all the Sweeney family

    Don Mcdonald Sad day

    Pauline Mitchell Lynch Was sad to wake up to this news this morning, so saddened for the family, ” was a pleasure to know u John” such a wonderful family, love to you all x

    Top Fan
    Julie Kennedy Noonan Gentleman! So sorry to read this. Sincere condolences to the Sweeney Family. May you RIP John

    Karyn Barker Rip John Condolences to the Sweeny family

    Eileen O’Mahony Condolences to the family

    John Mc Gowan Rest in peace John. Condolences to all his family

    John Lalor I hung out with John in the summer of 1970 and 71. Both Leeds united fans played a lot of football together and down in the three cornered field, also followed his uncles exploit from the shelters winning the regattas in Greystones. We both swam all su…See More

    Louise Casey Terrible news. RIP. Condolence to all the Sweeney’s xxx

    Michael Hatton Rip John , one of the best

    Adrian Byrne So sorry for your loss, Anne Marie and Rachael and all the Sweeney”s rip John

    Dee Archer RIP John condolences to Ann Marie, Rachel and all the Sweeney family

    Kim Atkins So sorry to hear this. My deepest sympathy to the Sweeney family. Kim and Donal Atkins

    Iylish Finlay Very sad to hear, sincere condolences to all his family, rest in peace. A gentleman.

    Top Fan
    Sally Anne Lalor Oh I am so sorry to hear the news – our sincere condolences to all of you RIP John – Joe and Sally Anne Lalor

    Karen Mc Donald RIP john condolences to annmarie racheal and the sweeney family at this sad time

    Paula Macnamara Paul MacNamara.

    Cliodhna Dunne Sincere condolences to Annmarie, Rachel, Joe, Ann and all the family. With love from the Drews and the Dunnes ❤️

    Kenny Whyte RIP John

    Liz Cleary R.i.p john lovely chap

    Carol McEvoy RIP John. Condolences to the family

    Top Fan
    Gillian Coffey RIP john sincere sympathy to all the Sweeney family

    Elaine Byrne So sorry auntie Ann and Joe my condolences to you all, happy memories of John when we were kids sending love from Weymouth

    Top Fan
    Aisling Venables Kenny Ah that’s very sad news indeed. My sincerest condolonces to them all xxx

    Hazel Williams A sad sad day. Condolences to all the family. He will be so missed. X

    Mary Lawless Sincere sympathy to all. The sweeny family

    Top Fan
    Marjorie Callanan R I P

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    Hilary Moroney Condolences to John’s family and friends RIP

    Denis Dwyer So sad to hear this news. He was an utter gentleman. So interesting and intelligent and witty. I loved his company. My deepest sympathies to his loved ones

    Gemma Dunne Very sad. Condolences to his family. Rest in peace John.

    Erica Archer Very sad to read this, to all the Sweeney Family, I am so very sorry for your loss

    Tríona Reid Driscoll So sorry to hear. Condolences to Siobhán and all the family x

    Jackie Wood Heartbreaking Rest In Peace cousin ❤️

    Audrey Grimes RIP John such a lovely man. Condolences to the Sweeney family

    Liz Archer Very sorry to hear the news that John has passed – thinking of all his family & loved ones. May he now rest in peace x Liz & Doug

    Top Fan
    Gillian Reid Very sad news, may you Rest In Peace John.

    Bernie Molloy R.I.P John condolences to Annmarie Rachael and all the Sweeney family ❤️

    Gerry Walsh Sad news. R.I.P John.
    Condolences to Anne Marie and the Sweeney family.

    Christine Byrne Rest in peace John thinking of all the family at this very difficult time. RIP ❤

    Michelle Lambert Very sorry to hear this, John was always so welcoming

    Top Fan
    Kathy Sharry Sincere condolences to Anne Marie and Rachel and the Sweeney Family on the passing of John, A very sad day for GreystonesRest in Peace John

    Roderick Carlyle RIP Condolences to the family

    Top Fan
    Helen Magee Byrne RIP John and deepest sympathy to the Sweeney family

    Samantha Harris Obrien Condolences to all the family RIP John

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    Cliona McGloughlin RIP John, condolences to all the family. Xx

    Jacqueline Daly Rest In Peace John thoughts with the family at this sad time

    Mary Doran So sad thinking of yous

    Jeanette Breen So sad to hear . R.i.p John. Thinking of all the family at this sad time .

    Top Fan
    Sam Hempenstall Devastated to hear this. Thinking of all the family . R.I.P.

    Stephen Coughlan Sad to hear our old mill brook neighbour has passed away.
    Rest in peace John

    Elaine Evans Thinking of all the Sweeneys today ❤ rest in peace John

    Michelle Brice Ohh gosh so sad, R.I.P. John

    Nicola Byrne So sad condolences to all the family xx

    Rachel Fallon I‘m so very sorry to hear that. Sincere Condolences to Joe and Ann, Ann Marie and Rachael and Ronan, Aileen, Joanne and Siobhán.

    Top Fan
    Gillian Coffey Very sad news RIP john condolence to all his family ❤

    Top Fan
    Ruth Es So so sad, thinking of Ann Marie, Racheal, his adoring Parents and siblings Ronan Aileen, Siobhan and Joanne. Have missed our early morning catch ups and have so many lovely fun memories of growing up with John. Very very sad day in greystones

    Imogen Thompson Sad news, RIP John. Thoughts with Joanne and the Sweeney family

    Dave Hayden Such Sad News.(Another Greystones Stalwart)..RIP John !

    Jan Boland RIP John, very sad news xxx

    Joanne Quinlan Adey Marsh

    Aileen Quinn Such sad news may he rest in peace xx

    Bernie Healy Byrne O sad to hear that

    Susan Brambell So sorry to hear this. May he rest in peace.

    Angela Scully So sad lovely man

    Mary Finn Very sad R.I.P John

    Joan Doherty Sad news RIP John