Sunday 22 September 2019

Brian Hammel was a community man

The late Brian Hammel.
The late Brian Hammel.

Cathy Lee

Brian Hammel (52), late of Castleannsley, Kilmuckridge was born in Kilmuckridge in 1967 being the sixth child to his late parents Ned and Mary.

Throughout his life, Brian loved his locality.

Brian started out working on the family farm until the early 2000s before entering the building trade.

A loyal community man, he took an active part in some village groups and activities.

He was a long time member of the Macra Na Feirme, Kilmuckridge branch and took part in competitions all around Wexford and further afield.

He often represented Kilmuckridge playing a big part in the 1798 bicentenary marches and commemorations held throughout Wexford.

Brian had a lot of time for his religious faith and was very involved in parish and church work and when he performed tasks there, he committed fully.

Brian often took part in local draws at Buffers Alley GAA but his favourite local activity was with the weekly parish lotto, enjoying being in charge of the very important black box used to pick the winning numbers.

He took this responsibility very seriously and indeed, got very indignant when, during his recent hospital stay at Waterford Regional Hospital it was suggested to him that he hand it over to someone else when he was going into hospital.

He loved animals and over the years always took responsibility for the family dog.

His current beloved dog, Toby, he loved going out with and taking for walks.

The pair were a familiar sight on the Morriscastle road and on the beach locally.

He kept good company there with a whole fraternity of dog walkers there all enjoying each others company.

Brian was always friendly and not shy of striking up a conversation with strangers as well as friends.

Irrespective of the activity or work Brian took part in, he was always dependable, fiercely loyal and carried a positive and friendly attitude no matter what the situation.

Brian had a large network of friends built up over the years throughout the local clubs and associations and it would be safe to say that Brian was perfectly happy with his lot in life.

He always had a welcome for everyone and was particularly interested in his nephews, nieces and great nephew, their news as well as their achievements.

Brian is survived and sadly missed by his brothers Eamonn, John, Rory and Conor, sisters Patricia, Eilish and Maureen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, extended family and his many friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

Enniscorthy Guardian