By Pat Delaney
THE death took place on Tuesday9 February of Des Mulhare, Main Street, Stradbally and Clondalkin, Dublin who was a member of the Irish Prison Service for almost 40 years.
Des began his career in Mountjoy Prison before transferring to Portlaoise. He later returned to Mountjoy on promotion and moved to reside in Clondalkin with his wife Winnie.
They had two sons Michael and Harry and like their father they were big into football and golf.
Des was born in Stradbally around the time that Railway Cup medals arrived fairly regularly to the Little Town every St Patrick’s Day and a fair sprinkling of Laois championship medals made their way there too.
Unfortunately by the time Des donned the famous green jersey the Little Town as a club was in decline. As a minor he collected his only medal and that was lining out with the Rovers as Stradbally did not field at the time and for two years Des also lined out with Laois minors.
At senior level he helped Stradbally reach two finals. He lost the first to Ballyroan after a reply in 1948 and the following year he made his Laois senior debut. Later in the year Stradbally were back in the county final facing their old foes Graiguecullen and the title returned to the Carlow border. After that the club went into decline again for a number of years. After that Des turned to golf and enjoyed many successes.
His son Michael played with The Heath and his grandson Seamus is still a playing member and referee. Son Harry helped Portlaoise to three senior titles and won a Leinster club medal 50 years ago. Harry also played with Laois for a number of years and later transferred to his adopted county, Tipperary as he was a Garda stationed in Thurles for many years.
Des enjoyed great health until recently and always remained in touch with the Little Town and of course it was his wish to be buried there beside his wife. On Thursday last February 11th Des was brought from Clondalkin to the Church of the Sacred Heart in Stradbally for Requiem Mass. The Prison Service and Stradbally GAA would have conducted guards of honour but that did not happen due to due to Covid restrictions. Instead both lined the entrance to the church for Mass celebrated by Fr Sean Kelly. After Mass locals lined the route to Oakvale Cemetery where burial took place.
Des is mourned by his sons Michael and Harry, daughters Mairead, Mary and Elizabeth and her partner Jim, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends, and former colleagues in Mountjoy and Portlaoise prisons.