There was widespread sadness in the Rathmore area last week with the passing of legendary local author Dan Cronin.

Aged 98, Dan wrote in the Shadow of the Paps, which has been described as a hugely significant book on the heritage of the area.

Dan’s book (published in 2001 by Crede, Sliabh Luachra Heritage Group) is the definitive work on The City, The Paps, and the life and traditions of Sliabh Luachra – which is the name given to the mountains and glens on the borders of Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Dan was a self-taught man, in his youth he worked as a rock-breaker with a road construction gang which helped fund his own library.

He spent all his life on the foothills of the Paps Mountains and collected folklore by listening to storytellers since he was a child. Dan’s special interest is the Caher (The City) at the foothills of the Paps.

He was a founding member of Rathmore Credit Union and played a huge part in getting the Sliabh Luachra Heritage off the ground.

Dan passed away on July 7 in the care of the staff of Killarney Nursing Home. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret.