Prendiville family grateful for support

The late Ray Prendiville, RIP.
The late Ray Prendiville, RIP.

Marisa Reidy

THE family of the late Ray Prendivillle, who was murdered in Namibia last August, have spoken of their gratitude to friends and family in his native Kerry for their support and prayers following his tragic death.

The former Kerry footballer and Scartaglin native was murdered in a vicious attack in the town of Walvis Bay on August 30, just days after he arrived in Namibia on business. To date, no one has been arrested in connection with the murder of the 60 year old father of five, who worked as a Garda for most of his career and was stationed in Dublin and Tramore up to his retirement from the force in the late 1980s.

This week, as the family embark on the task of thanking those who have supported them through their heart-breaking ordeal, his daughter, Clare, said that the family wants to pay special tribute to the people of Kerry who sent messages and cards and phoned Mr Prendiville's Meath home after his death.

She told The Kerryman that her father had a wide circle of friends and family in his native Kerry - some of whom his family in Meath had never met - and the family felt it was important to thank them for their support.

"The family would like to sincerely thank our relatives, friends and neighbours in Kerry and all who sympathised with us during the tragic passing of Ray in August. Whatever you did or said, your thoughts, words, prayers, mass intentions, are very much appreciated," Clare said, adding that mass will be offered for their intentions.

Remembering a loving father and grandfather, Clare recounted Mr Prendiville's proud sporting career, which included a prized Munster Championship win with Kerry in 1975.

"He also played for club side Scartaglin and with the Garda team in the Dublin county championship. He scored a goal for The Kingdom in his only championship outing, against Tipperary, and was on the bench for the final, a month later, when Kerry beat Dublin," she said. "He was one of the members of the 1975 team honoured in The Irish Nationwide Jubilee Team on All Ireland day in 2000. "


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