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‘He will be greatly missed’

Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3:20pm

A former councillor who ran his last election campaign from his hospital bed was laid to rest on Monday.

Former Independent Cork County Councillor Kevin Conway died on Saturday 5 September after a long illness. The father of four was in his 60s when he passed away and had suffered from multiple myeloma while he had also previously undergone stem cell treatment.

A book of condolence was opened on Monday by Cork County Council at yourcouncil.ie. All names and messages will be compiled into a book which will delivered to Mr Conway's family, the Mayor of Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has said.

She added: “I was very saddened to hear of the untimely passing of my former colleague and friend Kevin Conway. Kevin and I were elected to Cork County Council together and he was a great support to me during that time.

“He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of crossing paths with him. My sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.”

Mr Conway won a seat in the 2014 elections in the then Blarney-Macroom electoral area and hoped to be re-elected in 2019 in the newly established Cork City North West area but was unsuccessful. The electoral area changes came as a result of 2019's boundary extension.

At the time of campaigning in 2019 from an isolation unit in CUH, he said: “I know there is a view out there that I'm not up to the election but believe me, I have never fought so hard for myself and my constituents and I want that message to get out there loud and clear. I may not be free to call door to door at the moment but when I'm back on my feet, I'll be with my supporters, every step of the way, dealing with whatever issue is on their mind. They are my number one, I hope to be their number one on polling day.”

He is survived by his wife Bernadette and four children Kevin, Carol, Mary and Cormac.

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