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Colin O’Toole will be sadly missed by everyone he knew


The late Colin O'Toole.

The late Colin O'Toole.

The late Colin O'Toole.


There is great sadness in Bray following the death of Colin O’Toole at the age of 48.

Colin passed away suddenly at Letterkenny University Hospital, Co. Donegal on Monday, November 15.His funeral took place at Holy Redeemer Church, Bray on Monday, November 22 followed by burial at Springfield Cemetery in Bray.

He had been living in Carrigart, Co. Donegal, but will be remembered in Bray for his involvement in the running of the Harbour Bar

Colin was the son of the late Desmond O’Toole, who passed away in 2009, and Maureen. He managed the Harbour alongside cousin Paul O’Toole Junior until it was sold in 2013. In 2010, the Harbour Bar was named the overall best bar in the world by the Lonely Planet Guide online. The O’Toole family owned the famous Bray bar from the 1930s until it was sold to the Duggan family in 2013.

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The Harbour Bar paid tribute online “We are greatly saddened to hear of the sudden passing of our good friend Colin O’Toole. Well known and liked by all the regulars, Colin was a key part of what made The Harbour Bar what it is. He will be dearly missed by all the friends he made here. Our thoughts are with the O’Toole family during this difficult time.”

Many others paid tribute to Colin online, recalling his influential role in the music scene in Bray.

A past pupil of St Gerard’s School in Bray, the school also extended its sympathies to the O’Toole family at this sad time.

Colin O’Toole will be mourned and will be greatly missed by the love of his life Deirdre, adored son Ollie, mother Maureen, sister Suzanne, brother Mark, brother-in-law Keith, sister-in-law Anosha, nephews, niece, extended family and many friends.