THE DEATH has occurred of Ronnie McGrath, late of Pearse Road in Enniscorthy, who has died unexpectedly at the age of 53.
The deceased was christened John but was always known as Ronnie growing up in Enniscorthy and for the remainder of his life.
He attended the Presentation primary school and then the Christian Brothers before departing for Dublin at the age of 15.
Before leaving his native town, he had the pleasure of featuring on an under 14 Rapparees hurling team which secured a county championship title in 1973.
In the capital, Ronnie worked as a bar man and later in the security business, always with the reputation of being a good worker.
He returned regularly to Pearse Road to visit his mother Margaret with whom he played games of cards, until her death five years ago.
Shortly afterwards, Ronnie was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a condition he coped with bravely up to the time of his passing at the Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.
In accordance with the wishes of the deceased, he was brought back to Enniscorthy for burial and the funeral Mass was celebrated in St. Aidan's cathedral.
The offertory gifts of a betting slip, a pack of cards and a CD of his favourite ballads reflected the interests in life of a most sociable character.
He now lies interred in St. Mary's cemetery beside his beloved mother Margaret.
Ronnie John McGrath is survived by his daughter Claire, who resides in Germany, along with her recently born son.
He is also mourned by brothers Michael, Peter, Patrick and Abban; sisters Helen and Birdie; his aunt Eileen, nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grand- nieces, cousins, other members of the extended family and his friends.