Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce has paid tribute to the late Terence Casey, a retired Killarney solicitor, coroner, and businessman who passed away unexpectedly. The town’s business organization praised Casey for his determination, drive, and compassion in both his professional and personal dealings. In particular, they highlighted his work as a solicitor and coroner, where he provided support and empathy to families during times of bereavement.
In a statement issued by joint presidents Pádraig Treacy and Johnny McGuire, on behalf of chamber members, it was noted that Casey was a pioneering businessman in Killarney for several decades. He established a highly respected legal firm, following in the footsteps of his father, Michael. However, it was when he was appointed as the coroner for South Kerry in 2002 that Casey found his true calling. He approached his demanding role with skill, purpose, and a deep sense of compassion for the families he served.
The chamber praised Casey’s business acumen and highlighted his establishment of The Dungeon, a camping supplies and sports shop with a fun novelty section. Located on Plunkett Street, the store became a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts and children. The Dungeon later relocated to College Street, where it became a reliable supplier of school books and stationery, as well as a hub for second-hand books.
Additionally, Terence Casey was recognized for his significant role as a founder member of the Kerry Mountain Rescue Team. The team was established in 1966 following the tragic deaths of two students on Carrauntoohil. Casey, who was a law student in Dublin at the time, played a pivotal role in persuading the army air corps to get involved in mountain rescue. He dedicated many years as a volunteer with the team and contributed to its growth and success.
The statement from the chamber concluded by acknowledging Casey’s impact on the business and professional life of Killarney. His commitment to providing exceptional service to his clients and customers played a significant role in the town’s success. The chamber extended their condolences to Casey’s wife, Geraldine, his children Niamh and Terry, son-in-law John, grandchildren Ádah, Fíadh, and Donnacha, his brother Owen, and his extended family.