Tributes poured in over the weekend as news broke of unexpected passing of Nicky O’Hanlon.
A native of Killeens, but most recently of Glentire, The Ballagh, Nicky was extremely well known in sporting circles in particular and was a member of the 1985 Wexford minor team which reached an All-Ireland final.
Nicky's passing comes as a devastating blow to his wife and best friend Lydia and his much adored children Nicole, Callum, Caoimhe and Cormac. He was the son of Betty and the late John and a much-loved brother of Geraldine, Dermot, Jeanette and Linda.
The sporting community in Wexford in particular remembered a fearsome competitor on the pitch, but a quiet and unassuming gentleman off it. Among those to pay tribute were The Faythe Harriers and The Sarsfields.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council George Lawlor, who would have lined out alongside Nicky on pitches in their youth, also offered his condolences to Nicky’s heartbroken family.
“Nicky was a very good hurler,” he said. “He was a gentle and easy-going man. Originally from Killeens, he had strong rural links too. He represented Wexford at many levels and was a strong member of the CBS hurling teams back in the day too. He’ll be remembered for his gentle nature and easy-going manner. I’d like to express my sympathies to his wife Lydia, his children and extended family on their loss.”
Nicky’s funeral mass was to take place on Tuesday at noon in the Ballagh where friends and family will have the opportunity to bid him a fond and final farewell.
Nicky will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his heartbroken wife and children, mother Betty, brother, sisters, father in-law Willie, uncle Dick, aunts Lilly and Stella, brothers in-law, sisters in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family and his large circle of friends.