t’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.
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