FAMILY and friends of the late Jimmy Kehoe thronged the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Bunclody on Saturday.
Gardaí were required to marshal traffic as the popular local businessman and father of four was laid to rest.
Jimmy (55) passed away in the Mater Hospital following injuries he sustained in a road accident on January 19.
He was a former intercounty footballer and ran a popular pub with his brother. MOURNERS THRONGED the church of the Most Holy Trinity in Bunclody on Saturday and Gardaí were required to marshal traffic as local businessman Jimmy Kehoe was laid to rest in Calvary cemetery at the age of 55. The father of four died in Dublin's Mater Hospital of injuries sustained in a road accident.
The passing of the popular former inter-county footballer prompted a wave of sympathy towards the deceased's parents, his wife Geraldine (née Cowman) and the rest of the family. Sons Robbie, Dylan and Podge were all present to say goodbye to their father but sadly it was not possible for their brother Jamie to travel home from the United States.
The accident which occurred early on the morning of Saturday in Glaslacken, not far from Jimmy Kehoe's Half Way House home in Cametigue. Despite suffering severe injuries, Jimmy was able to summon assistance by phone while trapped in his car after it left the road.
Jimmy was conveyed from the accident scene to Wexford General, and later transferred to the Mater Hospital in Dublin. While there he suffered a fatal brain haemorrhage and life support machinery was switched off on Wednesday, shortly after the arrival of son Dylan.
Jimmy Kehoe was a man who made a huge contribution to the life of Bunclody during his too short life. The eldest of a family of ten raised by Jimmy and Cathy Kehoe in Cametigue, he will be remembered as a lively footballer, helping HWH/Bunclody to senior county titles in 1982 and 1985.
The enthusiasm and the smile which he brought to the playing pitch were mirrored in his energetic approach to life in general. A talented block layer, he became a contractor and developer in partnership with his brother Eamonn. The pair also ran a successful pub in Irish Street, with the family name over the door.
He retained an abiding interest in the GAA and was keenly involved in the running of the club where once he played his football and hurling. He is survived by his grieving parents, wife Geraldine, sons Robbie, Dylan, Jamie and Podge; brothers Eamonn, Michael, PJ and Colm; sisters Joan, Mairead, Martina, Colette and Pauline; other members of the extended family and friends beyond number. He was a man universally appreciated for his humour, his energy and his loyalty.
The funeral Mass was conducted by Father Jim Kehoe assisted by Father John Nolan, An tAthair Seamas de Vál, Father Larry O'Connor and Father Pat Duffy.
The congregation was addressed in the church by the dead man's son Dylan and brother Eamonn. Guards of honour were provided by the HWH/Bunclody GAA club and by Tinahely Coolkenno golf society.
The graveside oration was delivered by GAA club chairman Barty O'Connor.