The late Jim Malone - a cut above

The death has occured of well known barber, Liam Malone from Clane.

The death has occured of well known barber, Liam Malone from Clane.

He was pre-deceased by his wife Betty and survived by three sons Joseph, James and John, daughters-in-law Anne and Fiona and his grandchildren.

As well as being a local barber, he was also the sacristan.

Locals remember him cycling from his house at the Stream (near the new playground) to his shop which was opposite the church.

His barber shop, which has since been demolished, was full of character with “stacks and stacks of newspapers”. He had an large old style barber’s chair and he used to put a wooden board across it for young customers.

From Meath originally, near Enfield, Mr. Malone was famous for disappearing at noon, often mid-haircut, over to the church to ring the bell in the church for the Angelus.

“He had a gas fire going to heat the water in a pot, one sink and a mirror in action,” said one long time customer.

“He was a very amicable sort of fellow,” another said.

Clane Parish office remembered the role Jim had played in the parish as Sacristan of the Church in Clane.

“With his own business directly opposite the church, he was a feature of the Main Street and was at the very heart of the community.

“Jim was dedicated to his position as Sacristan, and many of us have memories of him quietly going about his work, heading down to ring the bell for the Angelus, and of his quiet, unobtrusive presence at Masses and other liturgies,” a statement from the parish office said.

Jim’s remains were removed to Clane Parish Church on Tuesday morning, May 15. He was buried after funeral Mass on Wednesday morning in Mainham Cemetery.