Thursday 19 April 2018

Ambrose always had a smile on his face

THE DEATH of Ambrose McDonald of Raheen, who was a well-known character in the New Ross area, has occasioned sadness in the community.

Ambrose 'Amby' McDonald was born to John and Alice and grew up in Raheen.

He attended school locally and played hurling for Adamstown GAA Club, winning a Junior County Championship in 1970 with the team and an Intermediate County Championship title the following year in a golden era for the club.

Ambrose worked as a labourer for a short period while in England and extensively throughout Ireland.

A man of many passions, he enjoyed watching hurling on TV and enjoyed an active social life in New Ross, the Alley Cat being his favourite pub in years gone by.

A family member said: 'Amby loved life and lived life to the full, enjoying every second. He always had a smile on his face and he put a smile on everyone's face. Even if you weren't in good form going to see him you would always leave laughing and smiling.'

Sadly Ambrose died after a short illness on July 28 at Wexford General Hospital aged 72. A large crowd attended his funeral Mass in St John Paul II Church, Raheen, and he was laid to rest afterwards in The Old Cemetery, Newbawn.

Ambrose is survived by his sister Nellie; nephews Shane and Alan; niece Suzanne; and family and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Seamie, Dinny and Mick and parents John and Alice.

May he rest in peace.

New Ross Standard