The late Shane Redmond.

Death of Navan native businessman, Shane Redmond

Estate agent was also an entertainer and impresario

The death has occurred of one of Navan’s most famous sons, retired estate agent and former entertainer, Shane Redmond.

Aged 86, he died peacefully at his home in Portmarnock.

As managing director of the Shane Redmond Group, he was a well known figure in business circles throughout Ireland for half a century.

He was at one time well known as an entertainer on television, radio and in Dublin theatres, while at the same time carving out a very successful career for himself in the insurance and property industries, as a leading estate agent.

Shane Redmond was educated at the former De La Salle Brothers School, Navan, and St Patrick's Classical School in the town. In his younger days, he was involved in a number of sporting activities, including football and boxing, of which he was a more than useful exponent.

He played Gaelic football with Navan O'Mahonys and, as a youth, won a provincial boxing title while a member of a team attached to St Patrick’s.

During, the sixties the name Shane Redmond was synonomous with the light entertainment sphere; he was a noted compere and comedian and appeared in many popular theatre shows around that period, as well as making his mark on both TV and radio.

At the same time his business career flourished. Like his father, he started in insurance practice with Irish Life Assurance Company and he later joined the National Mutual of Australasia. In the early sixties he opened his own insurance broking and estate agency firms in Dublin.

The Shane Redmond Group opened offices in Navan in 1967 and some years later set up sub-offices in Trim and Kells.

He was a member of the Irish Chapter of the International Real Estate Federation, and has represented Ireland at many real estate congresses throughout the world.

The company, Redmond Property, run by his son, Alan, today operates in Swords, and has been at the forefront of the growth of Swords and its surrounding area.

In 1972, Shane bought Red Island Holiday Camp in Skerries and ran it successfully as a holiday camp and entertainment centre for many years.

In 1981, a commercial insurance plan developed by Shane Redmond was chosen for nationwide introduction by the GAA.

He was a founder member and vice-president of Naomh Marnog GAA Club in Dublin, and a familiar figure at association fixtures and meetings in Meath and the surrounding counties during those years.

Shane Redmond often acted as master of ceremonies at functions organised by the Royal Meath Association of Dublin. He has always kept in touch with his home town and county through a subscription with the Meath Chronicle and we extend sympathies to his family.

Shane is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary; family, Morgan, Peter, Brian, Grainne, Niamh and Alan; siblings, Brenda, Dolores and Aidan; sons-in-law, John and Paddy; daughters-in-law, Mary and Ciara; grandchildren, Shane, Cathy, Sinead, Denis, James, Kyle, Mark, Meghan, Ross, Laragh, Dylan, Leyna, Carla, Bryn, great grandchildren Noah and Mila, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Mindful of public health guidelines, a private funeral will take place on Friday at St. Anne’s Church, Portmarnock and can be viewed live on church webcam from 10 a.m.

Webcam link: https://www.churchservices.tv/portmarnock

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