It is with deep regret that we have learned of the death of legendary Kilburn publican Christy Kissane, a towering figure in London’s Irish – and Kerry – community.
The owner of Kerry’s flagship pub in Kilburn, the Kingdom, which was itself a testimony to Christy’s love of GAA as he frequently hosted the Kerry players and the Sam Maguire Cup.
Christy’s proud boast was that he had been to every All Ireland football final since 1962 except for the one in 1968 when construction work kept him in London.
He lived in Dollis Hill.
His first pub, in the mid-1970s, was the Windsor Castle on the Harrow Road which he built into a chain of pubs and taverns across west and north west London before eventually concentrating on his pride and joy, the Kingdom in Kilburn.
As can be seen in this photo was a welcome and lively presence at last Friday’s Kerry Association London dinner in Cricklewood. He was Life President of the Association. He was also chairman of the Kingdom Kerry Gaels football club.
Christy’s pub in Kilburn: The Kingdom
The Kingdon Kerry Gaels www.kkglondon.co.uk
London Funeral Arrangements for the late Christy Kissane RIP:
Reposing at Ryan’s Funeral Home, 49 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, London UB6 9LB on Wednesday 28th October from 3pm to 5.30pm followed by Removal to Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn, London NW6 4PS for Mass @ 7.30pm.
Kerry Funeral Arrangements:
Reposing at Flynns Funeral Home, Tulligmore, Killorglin, Co Kerry from 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 29th of October with removal to St James’s Church, Killorglin for 7pm.
Requiem Mass 10.30am Friday 30th October followed by burial immediately afterwards in Churchtown Cemetery, Beaufort.
Donations in lieu of flowers please to Recovery Haven, Kerry.
Here we share some wonderful photographs of Christy from the Killorglin Archive’s Facebook page.+6