Last Thursday, the community of The Red Lane and Kilmacanogue lost one of the best when Kevin O'Toole passed away peacefully at Blackrock Hospice.
Kevin was a devoted husband and best friend of his devoted wife Annabel, wonderful dad of Martina, Josephine, Terry, Jasper and Veronica and adored by all his grandchildren, brothers, sisters, sons-inlaw, daughter-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.
His removal took place on Sunday to St. Mochonog's Church where once again, a fantastic tribute and Guard of honour was organised by the Kilmacanogue Gaa Club to say a final farewell to the clubs much loved and highly respected Vice-President.
A huge crowd turned out on the day to pay their respects and help support the family in this sad time. Kevin's son Terence found the strength to pay a lovely tribute to his dad from the altar along with great family friend, Alec Byrne.
As they left the church to bring Kevin to his final resting place, the route was lined with members of the former Kilmacanogue Ladies team, ladies from Eire-Og, Enniskerry-Kilmac Hurlers and Kilmacanogue Present and Past teams as people gave a little grin as "That famous Hat" sat proudly on the coffin.
No matter where you heard the sad news last Thursday, be it by phonecall, meeting a friend or even the social network Facebook, the common word everywhere was "A Gentleman" and Kevin truly was.
Kevin was always remembered as the first to be at training and turn up for matches. One mourner recalled playing for Ballinastoe in 1975 in a match v Kilmacanogue that was moved from Bray to Greystones because of the wet weather. Kevin Doyle recalls being marked that day by Kevin who was wearing a pair of wellingtons for the match (and probably still marked "Doyler" out of the game!).
Others had thought Kevin needed a passport to even leave the Red Lane yet heard of journeys to Canada, USA and Lourdes recently.
Of course he needed to catch a plane to them destinations because those two famous forms of transport he used, the Pony and Trap and The Red Van, wouldn't have got him that far. Farewell Kevin, your almost 80 years on this earth has left us with happy memories and we will sign off with the lovely tribute Alec Byrne penned for you. 'No more I'll drive my horse and cart No more I will recite my poem My day is done, I have closed my eyes And now, I am going home' Rest in Peace Kevin, your suffering is over and hopefully the motorways of heaven will have room for a Horse and Cart and the Red Van on the wet days!
To borrow your famous saying, "Good Luck"!
Congratulation to Gay Lawless, Seamus Walsh and Hayley Thomas who celebrated very important birthdays last weekend. Our Gay has to be the most educated man in Kilmacanogue as every time you meet him, he is studying for an exam. However, in between all the studying, he was a great servant of Kilmacanogue GAA Club both as a player and a juvenile coach and can take great pleasure in seeing so many of the kids he and his great friend, the late Joe Molloy, nourished at U10 level and now on the senior team.
Although considered to be a "Thorn in the Side" of them soccer lads over the years (or them lads that play the foreign game as Gay best describes it), he did make the odd guest appearance for "The Glens" as a winger of great flair but found it hard to concentrate if there was a big horse race on in Newbury at the same time. Good man Gay. Best wishes for the next 50 from us all in Kilmacanogue!
Another 50th birthday that took place was Seamus Walsh and he celebrated with a trip over to the Emigrates Stadium in London to watch his beloved Arsenal beat Spurs 5-2. Seamus, or "Walo" as we best know him, gave Glencormac United great service as a goalkeeper over the years where he commonly used to have the radio on in the back of the net to keep up to date with matches on in England. Happy 50th Shay from us all in Kilmacanogue, wife Cynthia, daughters Rita and Katie, mother Kay and Sean and the little bro Eamon.
A slightly younger birthday but equally as important one took place last Friday night in the Glencormac Inn where Hayley Thomas hosted her 21st. Many of Hayley's friends and family joined her to have a great night which continued back at the ranch afterwards well into the early hours of the Saturday morning. A special birthday wish comes from parents Paula and Ricky (sure Ricky doesn't look 21 himself), big bro Leon and Baby Sis Sophie, all the Thomas and Messett families and us all in Kilmacanogue.
Finally, among all these great celebrations, perhaps you might pause and say a little prayer for the late Joe Molloy. Our Joe was taken to soon from us all and would have celebrated his 50th birthday this week. You may be gone Joe, but you sure will not be forgotten by us all in Kilmacanogue.
The members of the Kilmacanogue History Society are eagerly awaiting their December Meeting, the final one of 2012. Titled "Painted Views of County Wicklow" It will be presented by Peter Pearson.
In this new talk, Peter will be showing images of County Wicklow painted through the ages. These will include some of the great masters' views of such beauty areas as the Dargle Valley, Powerscourt and its Waterfall, Glendalough, Devil's Glen, Meeting of the Waters, and many more. The venue is The Glenview Hotel, Glen of the Downs at 8.30pm on Tuesday 4th December. Entry €3 (€2 for members) all are welcome. Please check out the society on their Website - kilmacanoguehistorysociety.com
Three Glencormac teams were in action last weekend. The 8s were away to Ardmore Rovers and suffered a defeat against very strong opposition. The 12s were away to Greystones United last Sunday and came out on the wrong end of a decisive 9-0 victory for Stones.
The seniors had the impossible task of taking on Wicklow Cup specialists Rathnew on their own patch last Friday night under lights but lost 6-2.
On a sad note, the club would like to extend their deepest sympathy to the OToole family on the sad loss of Kevin last week. Kevin's grandsons played for the club and anytime he was there to support them, he greeted everyone with a smile and was truly a real gentleman. Rest in Peace Kevin!
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