Former Cork county councillor and stalwart of the Blarney community, Kevin Conway, has died.
Mr Conway, who was well known for his tireless work in the local community, passed away this morning.
He had been suffering from multiple myeloma - a condition causing cancer in the bone marrow - and underwent a stem cell transplant in 2019. He also stood in the local elections while undergoing treatment, running his campaign from the hospital ward in Cork University Hospital.
In addition to his work as a local and county councillor, Mr Conway ran for general election in 2011 and was previously Chairman of Blarney Community Council.
Denis O'Donovan, a friend who had worked with Mr Conway on the Community Council for years, toldhis friend had been deeply involved in many different projects in his local community.
"He was so proud of being a Blarney man," Mr O'Donovan said. "He was a thorough gentleman and a great county councillor.
"He didn't get enough credit for all the work he did for this area. From the Community Council, to the Historical Society, he was involved in so many things."
Mr Conway had been heavily involved in Blarney's St Patrick's Day Parade, which was not held for many years before returning in 2010. Mr O'Donovan said Mr Conway had taken huge pride in getting the parade back up and running.
Paying tribute, former Cork city mayor Dr John Sheehan described Mr Conway as a lovely man and said his passing was 'a great loss'.
Sympathies have been offered to the large family Mr Conway leaves behind, including wife Bernadette and their children, his mother Mary Conway, siblings and extended family.