The late John Hayes
1942 - 2012 TO the sound of Peggy Sweeney singing "The Hills of Kerry", the casket bearing the remains of John Hayes, was borne on the shoulders of his two sons, Bernard and Adrian, his first cousins, Michael and Martin Diggins, Connie Moran and his nephew, Jack Barden, from the Cathedral of Our Lady and St Thomas, which was full to overflowing, to his final resting place at Kingsthorpe Cemetery, Northampton.
John Hayes was born in Ballylongford in 1942, one year after his only sibling, Marie, to Joe Hayes and Mai Kennelly. He attended Ballylongford National School where he was taught by the late Johnny Walsh. He then moved to Ballydonoghue with his sister, Marie and mother, Mai, to live with his grandfather, Mick Kennelly. He attended Lisselton School where his teacher was the late Liam de Brún.
On leaving school he worked with various farmers, he also worked in the building of the presbytery alongside Denzie Collins, Mick Walsh and Tony Mulvihill.
Work was scarce so he decided to move to London and worked for a time with the late John Kennelly of Moneen. He then moved to Northampton, where he started sub-contracting alongside Seán Patterson and Joe Mullery.
He went on to set up his own tarmacadam business with his brother-in-law, Johnny Barden (RIP).
In 1966 he married the love of his life, Donegal native, Bridie Granaghan, a nurse in Northampton General. They were blessed with two sons, Adrian and Bernard.
His popularity was very much in evidence at his funeral, people from many parts of the UK packed the church. Celebrant, Fr Mark Floody, spoke of John, the family man, of the love he had for his family, his sister, Marie and her family and his generosity towards Irish people down on their luck in Northampton.
John never forgot his home place, holidaying in both Kerry and Donegal regularly.
He supported Ballydonoghue GAA in 1987, with an interest-free loan. He also took out life membership in Ballybunion Golf Club in the 80s to support the clubs' development.
John will be sadly missed by his wife, Bridie, sons, Bernard and Adrian, grandson, Nathan, his sister, Marie and family, Nichols Barden in Australia, his aunt, Ettie Foran and family, Ballybunion, Connie Moran and family, Farranfore, the Kennelly families, Kerry, Abbeyleix, London and Birmingham, the Diggins families, Northampton, Kevin Byrnes and family, Seán and Margaret Patterson, James in Lisselton and by his many friends in Northampton and Lisselton.
Earth from his native Ballydonoghue, was spread on his casket at the graveside by members of his family.
May the sod of Kingsthorpe rest lightly on your breast. - JF