Tuesday 20 March 2018

Kevin Flynn (33) was a gentleman


The late Kevin Flynn
The late Kevin Flynn

News of the sudden passing of Kevin Flynn of Drealistown, Ballycullane, on Thursday, March 2nd, aged only 33, was received with utter disbelief and great sadness to his family and throughout the New Ross area and beyond.

Kevin was the son of Christina and the late Pat Flynn and brother of Lorraine and William, and the late Patrick. A former student of Gusserane National School and Good Counsel College, New Ross, he choose to further his studies in horticulture.

Kevin had a great love for everything that came from nature and always strived to preserve the environment by his own practices, as well as his words of encouragement to others.

His care for wildlife preservation and his expanse of knowledge of flora and fauna were also something he was very passionate about. Because of his love for dogs, foxes and wolves he was affectionately known to his friends as 'Wolfie'.

As an avid horticulturist he spent some of his career working on the Colclough Walled in Garden at Tintern Abbey and adored the project, often just taking a stroll down there to see the work progress afterwards. He knew and loved every inch of the place and endeared himself to all those he came in contact with during his time there. Kevin could often be seen imparting snippets of information to some visitors on a particular aspect of the place, enriching their time there, and bringing away something of value.

Kevin also took part in a medieval re-enactment in Tintern Abbey and he took his role seriously. His interest in history and in particular the Viking era was followed up by his great knowledge of the norsemen gained by his visits to Reginald's Tower in Waterford.

He also supported Liverpool FC and got some serious enjoyment from posting up his match comments on Facebook as well as other musings about the world in general. He had a lovely way with words and always enjoyed communicating with people.

Life will be all the poorer without Kevin as he was a gentle, soft spoken and warm hearted young man. He had a great sense of 'live and let live' on all aspects of life and he wouldn't hurt a fly.

May the good Lord welcome him into his kingdom and give him the reward he has truly earned if all too soon.

Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anam.

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