Sean Kelly’s Father-in-Law Dan Grant Dies


News that Sean Kelly’s father in law Dan Grant from Carrick on Suir (Ireland) has passed away

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Sean Kelly’s Father-in-Law Dan Grant Dies

Thanks to the legend photographer John Pierce for this news.

Sean Kelly’s father in law, Dan Grant from Carrick on Suir (Ireland), has passed away. Dan, a big healthy man who was 85 years young, died of old age in the Greenhill Nursing Home. His wife Bridie passed away two years ago. The two were married for 59 years. Dan leaves a son Gerard.


Bobby Power far left, Sean in center with father in law Dan Grant (organiser). Photo taken on O’Mahoney Ave that was recently flooded.

Dan and Bridie are the parents of Linda Kelly, Sean’s wife who he has known since she was 13 years old.

Many years ago, ‘big Dan’ decided to start a cycling club in Carrick on Suir so the young kids had something to do. It was he who did all the race organising with Tony Ryan. A young man came along and Dan’s daughter, then 13 years sewed the embroidery of the club name on his first racing jersey – that young man was Sean Kelly. The rest is indeed history.

1983 Hamper Race and the man in the center is from Yoplait with Kelly (left) and Stephen Roche (right) on the threshold of greatness. At the back, as usual, is Dan Grant.


Goodwood (England), 1982 after Sean Kelly was third in the Road Worlds. The bronze medal is around Linda’s neck as she is flanked on the right by her dad Dan and on the left the legend that is “Spud Murphy.


Dan last Christmas looking 85 years young.


Dan’s proudest moment, with his protege Sean Kelly after winning The Tour Of Spain 1998.Photo by Gerard Grant.



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