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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Kevin was a devoted husband and father

Published 18/06/2014 | 05:20

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Kevin Griffin, Newtownbalregan, Blayney Road, Dundalk who passed away peacefully at his home on 18th May 2014.

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A native of Faughart, Kevin was predeceased by his parents, Pat and Maura Griffin.

He is deeply missed by his wife Patricia, sons Colin, Ciaran, Barry, daughter Michelle (Lynch) son in-law, daughters-in-law and grandchildren.

Kevin was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed seeing his family grow up and moving on into adulthood, getting married and settling down.

He worked for many years as a barman in Lisdoo Arms, Ashley Arms and Oriel Park, delivered solid fuel with local company J. P. Mulligan. He later had his own business with Harry's Bar in Bridge St. and latterly as a driver with Kilsaran Concrete.

He loved to keep busy, and when not in his employment was a great DIY enthuasist, and never considered a job too big or difficult to tackle. Kevin's love of outdoor life led him to pursue many hobbies. His passion for gardening being the greatest. He spent countless hours propagating seeds and cuttings in preparation of the forthcoming season. He took great pride showing off the finished article or giving plants to family and friends He was a founder member of Roche Gun Club, trained gun dogs and enjoyed fishing.

His latest hobby was beekeeping which he found enthralling, puzzling and all consuming. He took great pleasure when his hard work and dedication was recognised by his peers for his time saving ideas. He also won numerous prizes both locally and nationally for his honey. As with anything he did Kevin played an active role in the local association and enjoyed seeing new members progress to their own apiaries. He loved to travel both at home and abroad, though he never found anything to compare with his beloved Faughart or Kilbroney forest park in Co. Down.

Kevin was an inspiration to all who knew him, particularly since his diagnosis with his optimistic attitude of never giving up.

During his lifetime Kevin worked for and supported many very worthy charities for that was the nature of the man. He loved meeting people to catch up with the craic.

A special word to his many friends and neighbours from the Faughart area who came and recounted old yarns and his family are deeply grateful for the support they received from Kevin and Patricia's families.

Having reposed at his home Kevin was removed to Glasnevin where during a moving ceremony his sister-in-law Sally Griffin read the reflection, neighbour Joe Mulligan read the family eulogy and friend Paul Plummer recited a poem.

Kevin is also survived by his brothers, Patsy ( Muirhevnamor) and Gerry (Jonesborough) sisters Mary White (Jenkinstown) Briege McKay (Jerretspass) Noeleen Curtis (Seafield Lawns) Kathleen McGeough (Mountpleasant) and Geraldine Coburn (Louth Village) brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, mother-in-law and a wide circle of friends.

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