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The death has occurred of

Gillies Macbain

of Cranagh Castle, Castleiney, Templemore, Co Tipperary on March 16th, 2024.

Peacefully surrounded by family, in the dedicated care of the staff at Kilkenny Care Centre.

Pioneer, writer, breeder, experimental, diverse, dark brown – a person of Interest. Survived by eight of his nine children. An active member of the Templetuohy and larger Thurles area communities.

Gillies will be reposing at Grey’s Funeral home, Templemore on Monday the 18th of March from 6 until 8 pm with recital of the Rosary at 8pm. Removal from Grey’s funeral home on Tuesday morning to arrive at Sacred Heart Church (E41 RY80) Templetuohy for 11.30am mass followed by burial at Oakvale Cemetery, Stradbally, Co. Laois.

Thank you to the staff of Kilkenny Care Centre for their genuine care given to Gillies over the past months.

Donations if desired to the Kilkenny Care Team.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

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  1. Pat Folan London

    I remember staying at the big house in Laragh with my cousins. RIP

  2. Murnaghan Family, Dunaree, Laragh.

    Deepest sympathy to Gillies family on his death, we have fond memories of Gillies in Laragh House when we lived there .

  3. Oliver and Marie Houlihan

    Our deepest sympathy to Gilles family at this sad time, God rest his soul

  4. Jonathan, Mairead & the Cullen family Ballyknockane, Templetuohy

    Sincere sympathies to the Macbain family on the sad passing of Gillies. He was a very knowledgeable man and it was a pleasure to be in his company on many occasions over the years. He was also a good neighbour and we will miss seeing him passing on his bike.
    Rest in Peace Gillies

  5. Jemma

    It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know Gillies over the past four months, he will be deeply missed, a beautiful soul.

  6. Tom and Ann Hassett Templetuohy

    Deepest and sincere sympathy to Gillies family and friends on the passing of Gillies. May Gillies soul now Rest in Peace in the happiness of Heaven.

  7. Mary Lynch (Swinburne)

    Deepest sympathy to the family of Gillies. Many fond memories of him when he lived at Laragh, Monaghan. May he Rest in Peace

  8. Sylvia

    Sincere sympathy to Gillies family and friends on his passing.
    He will be certainly be missed by us all

    The world is a little darker today from the loss of his light.

  9. George Cunningham

    Deepest sympathy to all of Gillies family. A rare man of outstanding principles and talents. Hope that he will get the opportunities to ruffles some feathers in the great unknown.
    George Cunningham

  10. Anonymous

    To Harry, Patrick, William, .Mary, Alice, Eleanor, Philip and Caoimhne, very sorry for your loss. Not forgetting Maggie
    And in loving memory of Catherine. Gillie and the Walsh-Kemmis family.

  11. Eileen O Dwyer/Joe Ryan . Fishmoyne

    Deepest Sympathy to the Macbain family on the Sad passing of Gilles.
    May he rest in Peace

  12. Kay O'Connell, Barronstown, Loughmore.

    Sincere sympathy to Gillies family. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
    Slan abhaile mo chara! ❤️

  13. Jim and mar Healy castleiney

    Sincere sympathy to the Macbain family on the sad passing of Gillies may his soul rest in peace

  14. Michael and Mary McDonnell Templetuohy

    Deepest sympathy to Macbain family and Rowena and family on the passing of Gillis who loved being involved with Moyne/Templetuohy local history may he rest in peace.

  15. Brid , Emma, Sean and Enda (Cranagh)

    My deepest sympathy to all the MacBain family.and Gillies’s many friends. . Rest in peace Gillies

  16. Tom,Annette Nyland and family, Killanigan.

    Our deepest sympathy to Gillies’ family on his death. To Rowena and family our thanks as good neighbours down the years. May Gillies’ soul rest in peace

  17. Michael n claire webster

    Deepest sympathy to Gillies Family at this sad time

  18. Kay O'Connell, Barronstown, Loughmore.

    Sincere sympathy to Gillies family.
    May his gentle soul rest in peace.
    Slan abhaile mo chara! ❤️

  19. Gavin Allman ( ring a link bus )

    To Macbain Family
    I was very saddened to hear of the loss of your father he was a gentleman and will be missed. May he rest in peace.

  20. Owen and Mimi Crawford

    Deepest sympathy to all of Gillies family. He was a brilliant man who was an inspiration to us and left his mark on our little farm. We still have two of the Irish Shorthorn cows he helped us select many years ago. His legacy will live on in many ways and he will always be remembered fondly.

  21. HEnry Young Templemore.


  22. Neil and Attracta Ryan and family, Upperchurch

    sincere sympathy to the Macbain family and all who mourn the sad passing of Gillies may he rest in peace

  23. Michael Lowry TD

    I extend my sincere condolences to his children, to the extended MacBain family and to all who knew and cared for Gillies

    May his soul rest in eternal peace.

  24. Carmel&Lawrence Breen,Galway

    So sorry to hear of Gillies passing. Condolences to all his family.

  25. The Buckley Family,Castleiney.

    Sincerely sympathy to the MacBain family on the death of Gillies.
    May Gillies rest in peace.

  26. Dominic & Lorraine Ò Braonàin, Portlaoise

    So sad to hear of Gillies passing. Sincere condolences to all his family.
    Nì bheidh a leithèad ann arìs!

  27. Caroline

    sincere condolences to Caoimhne and her mam as well as,all of Gillies family and friends on his sad passing. He was such an intelligent and colourful character and we enjoyed having him in Prague House. May his gentle soul Rip

  28. Eugene Mc Connon Laragh,Castleblayney Monaghan

    Sincere sympathy to Gillies family at this sad time,went to visit him not to long ago in Templetouy,myself and Gerry Swinburne, had a lovely day with him,may he rest in peace.

  29. Veronica Heywood

    So sorry to hear the sad news; my sympathies comfort to my Goddaughter and the rest of the family.

  30. Paul Leech

    So sorry to learn of Gillies’ passing . He was one of those few who could see, and work toward an entirely different possibility for Ireland and our troubled World. He made a difference which hopefully seeds our future. I was formative to encounter him, many years ago now. – my condolences to those sorrowing at his loss …………He wrote .” the narrative function of the mind is ancient, animal and instinctive….We die every night. When we return to consciousness we are newborn. ” Awaking now to another dimension, Gillies is ar sli na firinne, anois……………………

  31. John, Roisin, Caoimhe & JJ Treacy - CASTLEINEY

    You’d be forgiven for thinking that some of the stories you’ve heard about Gillies over the years seemed unbelievable. However, if you were lucky enough to meet him in person, you’d quickly realise that this man always chose the alternative route in life and as a result, his life made for extremely entertaining reading. We thank him for this. His loss has been deeply felt those of us who knew him, and in typical Gillies style, his life has been beautifully immortalised through his exceptional writing. Gillies Macbain, a man who unapologetically lived life by his own rules. A man who lived his life well. We’ll miss you, our dear friend. Thank you for the wonderful memories.

  32. Karen Delaney Prague Houae

    Sincerest sympathies to the family of Gillies.
    It was a pleasure to have known him .

  33. Tom & Mary O' Connell, Loughmore

    SIncere sympathy to the Macbain family and Rowena and family on the passing of Gillies. A thorough gentleman with a most friendly and likeable personality. May he Rest in Peace

  34. Paddy and Margaret Moran

    Sincere sympathy to Gillies’ family on the passing of a remarkable man. Peace to his gentle soul.

  35. Anonymous

    I’m so sorry for his family .And wasent aware of his death until today or I would have attended ,God rest him and deepest condolences to his family .🙏

  36. Joe, Bill and Michael O Connell Loughmore Village

    Deepest sympathy to Macbain family on the passing of Gillies. We remember you for your kindness shown to our family at a difficult time.
    May Gillies Rest in Peace

  37. Mary Morris. Loughmore

    Rest in peace Gillis. THANKS for all the wonderful stories of your journey through life.

  38. Michael Knowles, Chairman, BoM.

    Dear Caoimhe,
    On behalf of the Board of Management of St Colman’s NS and myself, I wish to extend our sincere sympathy to you on the sad passing of your father.
    May he rest in peace.

  39. Mary Walsh

    Sincere sympathy to Gillie’s family. It was apleasure to have known him during his short time in KK care home. We had some memorable trips to Lenihan’s bar. You are dearly missed. RIP friend.

  40. Johanna

    Deepest sympathies to all of Gillies family and loved ones! May he rest peacefully!! I’ll always remember a couple year ago on my walk to catch the school bus I came across a wallet on the road, soppy wet from the rain I checked to make sure it wasn’t an old one someone had thrown out on the road but seeing it wasn’t I closed it back up and even though it was already wet I put it in my pocket shielding it’s contents from further rain, when I got to Templetuohy village I handed it into the shop and thought nothing more of it, I was just hoping the contents wasn’t ruined and the person got it back!! I didn’t know who’s it was but going back to shop a few days later Gillies you’d left me a note, a very generous note too which I didn’t expect as to me handing in someone’s belongings was the natural thing to do, however your generous heart was full of gratitude when I met you in person, you thanked me numerous times and told me how you’d been concerned about not getting it back but was overjoyed when you’d went to the shop and it was there, told me how genuine a person I was and how it was lovely to see young people like myself with such kindness and how grateful you were that it was me that had found it that day, you were such a lovely, genuine person to talk to yourself Gillies, I’m very grateful too that I found it that day as I got to meet and talk to such a pure soul! May you rest easily now, sending my deepest of sympathies to all your loved ones, may you keep being a true gentleman forever in peace 🙏

  41. Paul Hyde

    I have just discovered the death of my friend Andrew , as I knew him . We grew up together in Lincoln from the age of 4 till 12 in the grounds of the Old Bishops Palace Lincoln where his mother was the housekeeper of the teachers training college . We had a wonderful feral childhood among acres of free space . He clearly made many people happy . I feel the loss .

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