Lives Remembered

Stuntman and last island resident was 'Prince of Tides'

Former stuntman Pascal Whelan was the last permanent resident of Omey island off the coast of Connemara

As a stuntman he gave swordfighting lessons to Peter O'Toole, doubled for Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee and endured a bed of nails live on RTE.

But it is as the last permanent resident of Omey Island off Connemara that Pascal Whelan will go down in history.

Whelan, who died aged 75 on February 5, was brought as a new-born baby to the tidal island but moved to Wales as a child before emigrating to Australia, where he took up stunt acting after learning to wrestle.

He was part of a hugely successful stunt show which toured for seven years and appeared in many films, including Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Live and Let Die.

Whelan moved back to Ireland after the break-up of his second marriage and set up a stunt school in Dublin.

However, a tragic accident in saw a friend lose his life during a show in Co Waterford saw him give up the business and he spent the last 30 years back on Omey.

His days involved long hours fishing as well as visits to Sweeney's pub on the mainland, carefully judging the tides to make it home on time.

Living on his own in a mobile home, he was happy to be the island's only resident.

"There's a hell of a difference between being alone and being lonely, and I can honestly say I've never been lonely since I've been here," he said.

Pascal Whelan is survived by three children and three siblings.

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