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Joey Fagan was a family man known for his love of sports


The late Joey Fagan.

The late Joey Fagan.

The late Joey Fagan.


Baltinglass paid a sad farewell this week to one of its most loved residents, Joey Fagan, who passed away at the age of 82.

Joey died peacefully on Friday, October 7 in the care of Naas Hospital. His Funeral Mass took place at St Joseph’s Church on Sunday, October 10.

Joey ran ‘Joey’s Barbers’ for many years in the town. He will also be remembered as a devoted family man who had a great interest in sport.

Joey was born in May 1939 in Kilcullen to Brigid and Joseph Fagan. The family later moved to Baltinglass, when Joey was seven. He was a resident of the town during the famous ‘Battle of Baltinglass’ in 1950 and shared his recollections of that dispute about the running of the local post office as part of a RTE radio documentary iin 2018. At that time, the 11-year-old Joey would have been a member of the local boy scouts.

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At the age of 14, he went to study with the St John of God Brothers, training as a psychiatric nurse. In his 20s, Joey returned to Baltinglass where he opened his first barber shop on the bridge. He continued in business there until the 1980s. Joey then returned to psychiatric nursing. His varied career also included a spell selling encyclopaedias. In the 1990s, Joey opened his second barber shop, ‘Joey’s Barbers’ in Market Square. While he retired several years ago, the business continues to be run by the family..

Joey met Sheila, the love of his life, in 1961. The couple married at St Joseph’s Church in 1958, where they later celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. Joey was a loving father to the couple’s five children and later a proud grandfather of eight children. 

He was also a gifted entertainer, who used his talents to raise funds for charitable causes. In 1987, Joey published a book ‘Life is what you make of it’.

Joey also had a great interest in sport. He was a keen golfer and a long-time member of the Baltinglass Golf Club. Joey was also a talented player of indoor bowls. He joined Baltinglass Badminton Club in 1969 and his long service to the club included 37 years as chairperson until his retirement in 2018.

Baltinglass Badminton Club offered its condolences to the Fagan family online and paid tribute to Joey who  “played to a high standard down through the years”.

“He gave great attention to the juvenile section as organiser and coach, so, it was a source of great pride to him that two grand-daughters, Zara who represented Ireland in under 13 in 2019 and Amira who will be competing in Sweden at under 13 in the coming months. He will be missed dearly.”

Joey Fagan was predeceased by his mother Brigid, father Joseph and brother Jimmy. He is sadly missed by his loving wife Sheila, sons David, Dermot and Stephen, daughters Barbara and Sharon, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, his eight grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Following Funeral Mass, Joey Fagan was laid to rest in Baltinglass Cemetery.