THE family of the late Nickey Kearney Jnr. are still trying to come to terms with the untimely and recent death of their brother.
Aged 67, Nickey was born in Maudlintown and left the estate only for a short time to live in Bishopswater, before returning to live in Antelope Road, where he spent the rest of his life.
He went to the Faythe School, then the CBS, and on to George Street. He never married and took care of his parents in their latter years and until they died three-and-a-half years ago. Nickey was a familiar figure on his motorbike and on his favourite seat in the Sailing Cot with his family and friends and where he never had to get up to order as the staff there knew him so well. He worked for many well-known Wexford companies, including Liptons, Ffrenches, Sinnott's Farm, Clonard, St. John of God School and Convent, and Smiths Engineering, in Trinity Street. He could turn his hand to anything and made garden furniture with his dad and brother James as well as building, plumbing, and fixing anything and everything his sisters brought to him, thus he was kept busy as they visited him every day.
On Sundays, he played cards. He loved Christmas get-togethers, especially as the family grew larger with nephews and nieces. He loved the children and they loved him. The family had great times in that house. Nickey loved to watch old cowboy movies and he must have seen every film that John Wayne ever made. But his great passion was the sea and in years past, he would be seen around the harbour in his boat, bringing home plenty of fish and cockles. Nickey could forecast the weather better than anyone on television or radio. Throughout his life, he had great friends and used to say: 'I wonder what will be on the doorstep in the morning - fish, eggs, rabbits? Thanks Guys'. He was laid to rest at Crosstown following Requiem Mass at Bride Street Church. Nickey is sadly missed by his loving sisters Rita, Brigid and Mary, brother James, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends. His family said that to them he would always be the much-loved 'quiet man.'