THE death took place last week in Merlin Park Hospital in Galway of John Creighton, Ballinaphuill, Claremorris. He was father of Minister of State for European Affairs in the current government, Lucinda Creighton, who represents the Dublin South East Constituency.
John, who was in his mid-70s, was one of a family of six. He was a brother of the late Andy Creighton who was known countrywide in showbiz circles and who was manager of the famous Royal Blues Showband as well as Brush Shiels, DJ Curtin, and The Memories. He was also predeceased by his brother Willie who resided in County Meath since the 1970s.
A bookmaker by profession since the 1960s, John had a big interest in sport, especially Point to Point Racing, and was well known and respected in his chosen career. During his younger years, he played football with Claremorris and always maintained a strong interest in Gaelic games and other sports.
He married Mary O’Malley from Carrownisky, Louisburgh, a member of the teaching staff at Claremorris Boys School until her retirement. Mary also taught for a time in Mayo Abbey NS.
Many members of the government, including An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Taoiseach John Bruton, the Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, as well as Ministers Alan Shatter, Leo Varadkar, Richard Bruton and many other members of the Oireachtas from various political backgrounds, including the TDs and senators from Mayo and the Western counties, attended the ceremonies at the Creighton family home on Saturday evening and again at the Requiem Mass in St Colman’s Church on Sunday afternoon.
Fr Ger French, a native of Mossbrook, Claremorris and long time friend of the family, was the chief celebrant at the Mass and delivered a fine homily. John’s daughters Niamh and Lucinda both addressed the congregation at the end of the Mass as they reflected on their father and times spent growing up in Claremorris. Interment took place afterwards in Claremorris cemetery.
John is survived by his wife Mary, daughters Niamh and Lucinda, sons-in-law Alan Henry (Ballyhaunis) and Senator Paul Bradford (Mallow), grandchildren, brother Pat, sisters Kathleen Staunton and Mary Gray, in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.