The communities of Wexford and Saltmills were devastated by the sudden and tragic loss of Kieran Reville, aged 52 on December 23.
Kieran was the beloved son of Denny Reville, the well-known Peter Street barber, and the late Angela. He is sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, father, his sister Clare, brothers Gerry and Alan, mother-in-law Jane Kuntz, extended family and many friends.
Kieran met and fell in love with Mary (Butler, née Kuntz) from Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow, while working for Richard Browne and Sons Limited, construction company. They were married in 2009 in Scotland and lived in Saltmills.
Kieran's working life began with Browne's as a General Operative back in 1983. He worked there intermittently over many years.
He also worked for Ryan's Bakery, where he had his own bread round servicing the South West Wexford area. He later went to work as a truck driver for McGuinness Transport of Bishopswater. However, the majority of his working career was with his cousins Richard and Angela Browne of Richard Browne and Sons Limited.
Kieran was a very familiar sight on the highways and by-ways of County Wexford and was happiest behind the wheel of a truck or a car. His love of driving also led him to work occasionally with his brother Gerry, as a taxi driver in ASAP Cabs.
Kieran was loyal and dependable to his friends, of whom he had many. He was an extremely kind, gentle and courteous man and his generosity and magnanimity knew no bounds. He was a man of deep faith and a lover of nature, especially birds, and was known by those who knew him as the modern day St. Francis of Assisi.
His love of all things nautical stemmed from a short period spent on the Conniebeg with his late Uncle Bernie Owens when in his teens and this is where he gained his 'sea legs'. He also sailed on the tall ships, The Phoenix and The Dunbrody. He was interested in and knowledgeable about all things to do with the sea, the tides, the moon and planets.
Mary awakened in Kieran a sense of adventure and passion for travel. Their many shared hobbies included photography, music and fishing. Back in the nineties, Kieran, Mike Regan and Lorcie Doyle, known as The Deadly Desh Boys, played regularly on Monday nights in The Stores.
The true spirit of Christmas was kept alive in Kieran throughout the year and the significance of the Vigil Mass in Templetown church meant so much to him. It is a sad and sweet mystery that this should be the time that the Lord chose to take him home.
Removal took place from Kearney's Funeral Home in Selskar Street on St. Stephen's Day to Rowe Street Church for Requiem Mass followed by cremation to Mount Jerome Cemetery. A special thanks to Fr. Aodán Marken and Fr. Jim Fegan P.P. Ballindaggin who concelebrated the Mass, to Fr. Oliver Sweeney, Poulfur and to the Organist Adrian Doyle and the singer, Gráinne Stafford, who sang with the voice of an angel.
Mary and Kieran's families would like to thank all the amazing staff at Wexford General Hospital, especially in the ICU, where they battled and fought hard to keep dear Kieran with us - but unfortunately God had other plans. May he rest in peace.