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Joseph (Joe) Breen OBE


Breen June 24th 2024 peacefully in Ballycastle (after a short illness), Joseph (Joe) OBE dearly loved husband of Huggy, 4 Rathlin View, Ballycastle much loved father of Sarah and Joe, father in law of Mark and Louisa, beloved son of Patricia and the late Desmond, dear brother of Desmond, Mairin and Oona and a dear brother in law, uncle and nephew.

Funeral has taken place from his home to Holy Trinity Church, Ballycastle, followed by a private cremation.

Donations in lieu of flowers, if desired, to Community Rescue Service c/o DJM Robinson & Son, 121 Culcrum Rd, Cloughmills, BT44 9DT.

Lovingly remembered. “Fair Winds and Following Seas”.



Messages of Condolence

So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. Deepest Condolences to Huggy and family. God’s blessings on you and your family

James Thompson 

So sorry to hear this very sad news. He gave us such a wonderful tour of the Aquarium in Portaferry when we visited allowing us to hold starfish and octopus – we have very special memories of that day. What a loss to you all. Sincere condolences to Huggy and children. x

Orla Nugent

Big hugs to you Huggy and all your lovely family.

Moira Brown 

May your beautiful soul rest in peace joe. Sincere sympathies to Anne, Sarah and Joe and family. So dearly missed.

Justin, Gala, Dylan, Aodhan & Jackie Judge

Heartfelt sympathy to Huggy, Sarah, Joe and extended family. Thinking of you all at this very sad and difficult time. Great memories I will hold of my time with Joe, both above and below water! Xx

Rory McNeary

So sorry to learn of the passing of Joe. Deepest sympathies to Huggy, Sarah, Joe and wider family. May Joe Rest In Peace 🙏

Cllr Joe Boyle

So many happy memories with Joe, Huggy and small versions of Sarah and JoJo. “You have quite long legs for your height” he once said, as I stumbled into the Marine Lab punt. Made me laugh then and now. My love to all the family.

Daryl Birkett

Deepest sympathy to Joe’s family and many, many friends. It was a pleasure working with you Joe. Rest in peace.

Brenda Cunning


Hamish Currie 

So sorry to hear this very sad news. I have nothing but wonderful memories of my times spent with Joe and Huggy in Portaferry. My sincerest condolences to all the family.

Mark Baine 

A very bright light has gone out. Joe was such a force of unrelenting positivity he proved over and again anything is possible. He enriched our lives for over 30 years. Huggy, JoJo and Sarah we stand with you.

Ali, Dee, Fionny & Tara Davison 

Deepest sympathy to Ann and family at this time. OBD

Gillian Anderson 

Sincere condolences to the Breen family.

Fidelma Maher 

Joe, I always admired your drive and dedication to all things Marine and nature conservation. I will always think of you “at rest with the fishes”

Michael Meharg

Very sad to hear that Joe is no longer with us. We have happy memories of time spent with Joe on several dive trips with Dolphins subaqua along with his friends Colin and Tim. He was always good company and very hospitable providing us with cups of tea from his wonderful campervan. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.

Brian and Daphne

May he rest in peace. Beautiful, good and great man. Loved by everybody. Sincere condolences to his loving wife Huggy and family

Jacqueline Judge

My deepest condolences to Joe’s family. Joe gave me my first break in marine biology, his support and enthusiasm always picked me up a drive me on. Great memories of dives and the craic afterwards, you’ll be sorely missed Joe. An honour to have known you.

Dave Smyth


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