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Warm tributes paid following passing of ‘Wexford character’ Joe Doyle


The late Joe Doyle of Barrack Street.

The late Joe Doyle of Barrack Street.

The late Joe Doyle of Barrack Street.


TRIBUTES have been pouring in following the sad passing of Joe Doyle of Barrack Street, Wexford on Wednesday. Joe passed away surrounded by his loving family after a short battle with illness.

A native of Bunclody, Joe had strong Enniscorthy connections too before his move to Wexford town a number of years back. He worked for many years on the maintenance staff at St Senan’s Hospital before its closure and would also have been familiar to many for his work in the parish hall during pantomimes and other shows. Oyster Lane Theatre group paid tribute to his work in this regard, describing him as being “there always with a helping hand working back stage at Dun Mhuire”.

The Faythe Harriers GAA Club were also among those to pay tribute to Joe following his passing, stating that he had initially gotten involved with the club in the mid 90s, shortly after Wexford’s historic All-Ireland win. Having been brought into the fold by Kevin and Dick Murphy, he became a familiar face and the club described him as: “one of our principal lotto sellers and fundraisers”.

"Joe was also a committee member of the club for many years, helping out in many ways, but he was the most biased umpire or linesman that we ever produced,” a club spokesperson joked in tribute.

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“Joe was one of Wexford’s remaining characters and was known to all around town. He always had time for a chat, a laugh and a joke.

“The club would like to pass on our sympathies to Joe’s friends and family at this sad time.”

Joe was the beloved husband of Breda and a loving father to Adrian, Ian, Ciaran, Karen, Gavin, Michael and the late Edwin. He was a loving brother of Michael, Martin and the late Andy, Jimmy, Bridie and Liz.

Joe is sadly missed by his loving wife, daughter, sons, brothers, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. 

Joe’s removal from his home takes place on Saturday morning at 11.30 a.m. to the Church of the Assumption Bride Street for funeral mass at 12 noon, followed by burial at St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown. May he rest in peace.