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Late Daire Behal - It is with great sadness that we report the untimely passing of Dáire Etienne Behal. He was a son of well known South Kilkenny man Richard Behal and brother of one of Ireland’s leading photojournalists Julien Behal. His sudden and unexpected passing in tragic circumstances on Valentine’s Day has left his family deeply devastated.

Late Daire Behal - It is with great sadness that we report the untimely passing of Dáire Etienne Behal. He was a son of well known South Kilkenny man Richard Behal and brother of one of Ireland’s leading photojournalists Julien Behal. His sudden and unexpected passing in tragic circumstances on Valentine’s Day has left his family deeply devastated.

A vibrant young man of 28, Daire was a very popular in his hometown of Killarney and beyond as evidenced by the large turnout at his removal and funeral. Daire was the youngest son of Richard Behal and Killarney native Bernadine McCough. He was passionate about sport; he loved no better than to cheer on his native Kerry and Inter Milan in Soccer.

Daire loved fishing; following in the footsteps of his father and harboured a deep love of nature. He possessed a quick wit and keen mind, his loyalty, charm and popularity were evidenced by the very large number of mourners and sympathisers who turned out to pay their last respect to him at the obsequies. Daire was a regular visitor to his extended family and cousins in Kilmacow and Waterford over the years, enjoying many a visit in his younger days where he played along the banks of the Blackwater River with his cousins, which runs along the old mill and family home in Kilmacow.

Dáire’s family were consoled greatly and deeply appreciated the friends, old and trusted republican friends of his Dad and many, many colleagues who travelled from all over Ireland and abroad to offer their support at this most difficult of time for the family. There was a large representation from South Kilkenny and Waterford at the obsequies to express their sympathy on this very sad occasion. Life springs eternal and Daire will be remembered and loved by his many young nieces and nephews whom he doted on so much, most recently of all Oscar born two months ago who will be shortly christened Oscar Daire Behal in his loving uncle’s memory.

Sincere sympathy is extended to Dáire’s parents, Richard and Bernadine, his brother Julien, his sisters Erinna, Simone and Chantal and their partners, his loving girlfriend Sharon, his best friends Finbarr, Noeleen, Killian, Noel, and his proud nieces and nephews Rosie, Samuel, Ella, Max and Oscar. He will be sadly missed by his aunts and uncles, many of whom live in South Kilkenny and Waterford City, relatives and friends, all his extended family and all those who loved him. Mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated in St Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney.

A private family cremation took place after the funeral ceremonies and Dáire’s ashes will rest in ‘Heavens Reflex’ overlooking the mountains and Lakes of Killarney. Dáire Etienne Behal, born in 1985, passed away St Valentine’s Day. Ni bheidh a leithéid ann aris.

Kilmacow Soccer Club - Under 14 Cup: Portlaw 1 Kilmacow 2. This was a great win as Portlaw went ahead from a very soft penalty. Kilmacow equalised through Colm Dolan. There was no further score however and so extra time was needed. The extra period was close, tense and very exciting. Colm scored to give our lads a great win in a fine match between two good sides.

Under 12: Kilmacow 4 Ballinroad 0. Just as it seemed that the first half would end scoreless Sean Blanchfield got on the end of a Patrick Dollard free kick to score with a swerving shot. Sean began the second half well and his fine run and cross found Ronán Leech to score the second. Sean added his second to secure the man of the match award. Darragh McDonald scored the fourth.

Under 13: Mooncoin 1 Kilmacow 1. This a great point for the lads. After some disappointing displays this was a really good performance. Kilmacow took the lead following a fantastic turn and pass from Dean Scully which put Cormac Suffin clear down the left and his cross was put away by David Colleton.

The defence, marshalled by Patrick Connolly, coped really well when the pressure came on with Pa, Bill and Paul doing well. Fintan and Rory Leech put in a great shift in midfield well supported by Cormac. Colm Dolan was always a threat up front with Dean, David and later Darragh, lending great support.

Under 11: Piltown 2 Kilmacow 4. This was a great win for these lads. In fairness it was a really good match with the home side playing very well too. Jack Murphy took the scoring honours with two goals. Billy Phelan scored one and the other was an unfortunate OG.

Under 13: Kilmacow 1 Villa 0. A good win and a welcome three points for this team. Skipper Fintan Leech was the matchwinner scoring the only goal. He was man of the match too as his overall performance thoroughly deserved it. Really, there should have been more goals but quite a few good chances weren’t taken.

Under 15: Bohs 1 Kilmacow 4. This was another fine win for this side. Alan Murphy scored twice. The other goals came from Ciarán Walsh and Evan Duggan. This team has now completed all their league fixtures. Out of 15 matches they won 7, drew 4 and lost 4 giving them a total of 25 points. This means that they will end the season in 4th place. This is a really good result for this great group of lads and with a little luck could even have been better.

Under 12: Ballinroad 1 Kilmacow 0. This was a big setback for the lads having beaten Ballinroad less than two weeks previously. However the fact is that they didn’t play well enough to win this match and the home side scored the only goal to clinch the points.

Under 11: Kilmacow 3 Carrick 5. Two goals from Anthony Dunphy saw the lads go ahead but the Carrick boys got on top in the second half. Even a third goal by Fionn Blanche wasn’t enough but it was a brave display.

Under 13: Kilmacow 3 Bohemians A 2. This was a superb performance from our Under 13’s, easily their best of the season. Played in awful conditions it was the best display in every way from the lads. Two superb finishes by Dean Scully put the lads 2-0 up at half time. Bohs started the second half very well and were on level terms within ten minutes. But straight from the second Bohs goal Cormac Suffin scored the winner when he finished off a super move involving Patrick Dollard, Dean Scully and Colm Dolan.

Kilmacow Lotto - The winning numbers in last week’s lotto were 14, 15, 25 and 27. There were three match three winners. The jackpot for next Thursday night is €9,450.