RICHARD ‘DICK’ DUNPHY-The death occurred recently, at Waterford Regional Hospital, of Mr.
Richard ‘Dick’ Dunphy, late of Ballyfacey, Glenmore. His passing took, from Ballyfacey and indeed the greater Glenmore/ South Kilkenny area, a kind, warm and friendly gentleman. He had worked the family farm since the passing of his father, Michael Dunphy, in 1941, when Dick had just left primary school in Ballyfacey at the age of 15.
He is sadly missed by his dear wife, Eily, his sons and daughters and his grandchildren who adored him. He was the heart of his extended family; a great family man - husband, father, grandfather and friend to all his neighbours. He married Eileen ‘Eily’ Dalton from a well known farming family in Ballinaraha, Mullinavat,. Together, they loved farming. Working his land in Glenmore and Mullinavat, Richard Dunphy epitomised all that was good in rural living. He went about his business in a calm and considerate way. His farming was done with great care and attention.
Richard had a great method about him and took life in his stride. He was the only son born to the late Michael and Mary Dunphy (nee Gorey); his only sister Nora, who passed away in 1996, was also remembered in the funeral service. Mass was celebrated by his brother-in-law, Rev. Fr. William Dalton, P.P., Callan and fellow clergymen, Rev. Fr O Connor, P.P., Glenmore; Rev. Fr. Barron, P.P., Mullinavat; Rev. Fr. Kavanagh, P.P., Rosbercon; Rev. Fr. Phelan, P.P., Kilmanagh; Canon B. Flynn, P.P., Kilmacow; Rev. Fr. Manning, P.P., Macroom and Fr. Dermody. The remains of Richard Dunphy were flanked for the last few hundred yards by a Guard of Honour, drawn from the Local Fine Gael Party Branch of which he was President at the time of his passing. Richard enjoyed life; he loved going to the agricultural shows and, of course, he had a great interest in all the hurling matches. He looked forward to going to the matches with Fr Willie, his brother-in-law. He supported his fellow farmers in representations, loved going to the party political meetings, enjoyed a brandy in company of both young and old, loved conversation and supported anything that was good for the community. He was never sick or in hospital until very recent times. The family are very thankful to the staff of Medical 4, the Oncology Ward, at WRH and Dr Enright, his G.P., for all the care they gave him during his illness.
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His final farewell was large and very representative; farming, business, sporting and political groups came to sympathise with his wife and family. It was a fitting tribute to a real and respected Gentleman. To his wife, Eileen, his sons, Michael, Seamus, Richard, William (Billy), twins Pat and John, his daughters, Mary O Keeffe, Noreen Smith and Joan Dunphy, we extend our sympathy. Also to his grandchildren, Aidan, Richard, Maeve, Caoimhe, Kathlyn, Jack, Adam, Ryan, Conor, Hannah and Ben; his sons and daughters-in-law, his many relatives and life-long neighbours and friends, we also extend our sympathy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
GOLF SOCIETY - The Glenbar golf society held their most recent outing last Saturday in Gowran Park golf course in lovely May sunshine. Many thanks is given to Gowran course green keeping staff and to the restaurant personnel. The overall winner was Paddy Mullally with Andy Lawlor winning Category 1 and John Cody of Weatherstown in second place. The category 2 winner was Pat Dowling of Robinstown and nearest to the pin winner was Ben Doherty. Their next outing brings them to Waterford Castle on June 23rd and if you would like to play please contact Andy Doherty at 087 9848527 or P.J.O’ Connor at 087 9050860 for more details.
CAMOGIE - The Glenmore under-14 camogie team had a very strong win over Danesfort on Monday evening in a match played in Danesfort. The girls from the glen lead from the start and put their stamp on the match from early on. The final score was Glenmore 5-9 to Danesfort’s 0-1 with the Glenmore scores coming from Clara Handrick 2-1, Eva Roche 1-1, Helen Hoynes 2-6 and Michelle Doherty 0-1. This win brings the girls and their mentors to the semi-final stage of the St. Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union Roinn A Under-14 Championship when they meet Clara on June 11th. Best of luck girls. The Glenmore and Ballyfacey national schools camogie team of Emily Phelan, Keeva O’ Neill, Aoife Dowling, Rachel O’ Connor, Emma Hokey, Aoife O’ Connor, Ailish Roche, Eimear O’ Neill, Jennifer Dollard, Maria Holden, Sarah Connolly, Clara Handrick, Eva Roche, Katie Doherty, Elizabeth Phelan, Debbie Maher, Annie Kirwan, Micheala Moran, Lily May O’ Dwyer, Lauren Dollard, Chloe Mullally, Cloddagh Hartley and Suzie May Aylward through to the semi-final stage of the Roinn A schools camogie. In their most recent match played against Muckalee in Muckalee the girls won with a tally of Glenmore 4-9 to Muckalee’s 1-0. In the earlier rounds of the competition the girls from the National Schools of the parish played and won against Carrickshock, Piltown, Clara and Thomastown. Best of luck girls and their mentors Seammie Dollard, Martina Kirwan, Elaine Malone and Una O’ Dwyer in the semi-final. The Glenmore camogie club would like to wish all the girls taking junior cert and leaving cert exams all the very best with their exams.
CEMETERY MASSES - It’ that time of the year again when the outdoor cemetery masses take place. The first of the parish’s outdoor masses( weather permitting) takes place on Thursday evening at the Ballyveria Grotto followed by the Kilbride cemetry mass on Friday evening and in Kilcolm on June 5th at 8pm on each of the evenings. Glenmore has a long time tradition of remembering those who have gone before them and the annual cemetry masses are always very well attended. Many thanks to all who have each of the cemetery’s in readiness for the masses and for those who make it their business to attend.
BAPTISED - Welcomed into the christian community recently was Eimhear Mackey, daughter of David and Mary Mackey( Nee Murphy) of Jamestown, Glenmore who was baptised in the church of St. James, Glenmore.
FIT FOR LIFE - The St. Joseph’s athletic club ‘ Fit For Life’ campaign is up and running for several weeks now and is proving to be very successful with everyone involved getting ready for the 10km run/ walk or jog event planned for June 17th. Everyone is very welcome to come along on each Monday and Wednesday evening at 7pm with a meeting point of The Pink Rock, the old main road, in Ballyverneen.
SCHOOLS HURLING - The combined Glenmore and Ballyfacey national schools hurling team secured their place in the semi final of the O’ Brien( Country Cup ) schools hurling recently when they played Clogh in the quarter final in Pairc Na Ratha, Glenmore GAA club grounds. The final score was Glenmore 3-13 to Clogh’s 1-2. On their passage to the semi final they played Carrickshock, Dunamaggin, Mullinavat, Graigeunamagh, Slieverue and Kilmacow. Thanks is given to the teachers, Tommie O’ Gorman of Ballyfacey and Liam Grant of Glenmore for their time and committment.
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