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Sunday 21 September 2014

Sportsman Kevin was held in high regard

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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THERE WAS immense sadness in the locality recently following the death of Kevin McGrath of Courthoyle Old, Raheen.

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A much loved and highly respected young man, Kevin (22) was laid to rest on Wednesday in Adamstown Cemetery following his funeral mass in Newbawn Church.

In the days following his death Kevin's family were comforted and supported by hundreds of people who called to the family home to pay their respects and to share many wonderful memories of Kevin.

Born to Martin and Eithne (neé Furlong) in 1992, Kevin attended Newbawn NS and completed his second level education at Good Counsel College. He is fondly remembered by the staff of the College who recall him as a kind, intelligent, witty young man who possessed many fine qualities which made him extremely popular with staff and students alike.

Following his time at Good Counsel College Kevin went on to study at The University of Limerick. There he achieved great success in his chosen field of Materials & Engineering Technology and also made many wonderful friends at University. Having recently passed all his exams, Kevin was due to complete his Higher Diploma in Education next year and with his knowledge and great people skills was destined to be an excellent teacher in the future.

It was a great testament to Kevin's abilities that he was called back to Good Counsel College on a number of occasions to assist Leaving Certificate students with their project work and also to serve as a substitute teacher there.

Throughout his life Kevin had a great love of sport. He played hurling and Gaelic football for Adamstown GAA Club winning five county medals. He also collected an All-Ireland Medal in Rounders with the Raheen-Newbawn Club. On the soccer front he played with both Adamstown and Raheen Clubs, receiving the Player of the Year award from Raheen in 2011 and achieving top scorer in this current season.

It was a matter of considerable pride for him that on a number of occasions he played on the same team as his father.

A family member said: 'He was also truly blessed in life with many wonderful friends who meant so much to him and who mourn him deeply. The weight of great sadness felt by so many people at this time is eased only by wonderful memories of a kind, gentle, fun loving young man who meant so much to so many people. May he rest peacefully in the embrace of God.'

Kevin is survived by his parents Martin and Eithne, his brother John, his sister Aedín and a large extended family.

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