Respected Limerick Garda was also a well-loved entertainer

The late Oliver Stapleton

LIMERICK Gardaí and the local entertainment community have joined in the tributes being paid to a highly respected former Detective Garda.

Oliver Stapleton passed away at his home in Monaleen Park, Castletroy, on Wednesday surrounded by his loving family.

The former head of the Drug Squad in Limerick was to the forefront in calling for education among young people about the dangers of drug abuse.

A native of Lismore in Waterford, he first came to Limerick in the 1970s.

Outside of his role in law enforcement, he was an an entertainer and well know in local musical circles, having performed many times with the Limerick Panto Society as well as being involved in a fund-raising concert in the city to mark the 20th anniversary of the murder of Detective Jerry McCabe .

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He gave several memorable performances at the Savoy Theatre and later at the Belltable and University of Limerick Concert Hall.

He was described by people who knew him in musical circles as “always fun and smiling” and able to leave his serious role with the Garda at the door of the theatre.

Oliver is survived by his wife Carole, daughters Yvonne, Elaine, Olivia and Laura and twelve grandchildren as well as his sister, Annette, brother, Fr Gerard and extended family.

He is reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate this Friday evening from 5:30 pm with removal to Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Milford, Castletroy at 7:30 pm.

Requiem Mass on Saturday at 1 pm, followed by the funeral to Shannon Crematorium.