BILLY DOWLING RIP - The death occurred in Gowran Abbey Nursing Home, of Mr Billy Dowling, Marian Place, Bennettsbridge. Billy was a native of Muckalee but had lived in Bennettsbridge for most of his married life. He worked in The States for some time in the late fifties. He was predeceased by his wife Ann in 2007 and by his son, Peter, in 1981. He was a builder by trade and was well known and respected in the community.
Billy was a great community man and carried out a lot of voluntary work in the village, including repairing windows in the old school and general upkeep. He played a major role in the building of St Bennett’s Hall in the late sixties. He was a good friend of the late Rev James Murphy, P.P., also a Muckalee man.
Billy was a dedicated family man and was proud of all his children’s achievements and followed the activities of his grandchildren with interest. He was interested in all sports, but hurling took pride of place and he followed the fortunes of his native St Martin’s and Kilkenny. Bingo was another of his pastimes, one which he shared with his late wife, Ann.
He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
The remains were received in St Bennett’s Church, by Rev Lorcan Moran, C.C. Thomastown. The choir sang during the ceremony.
Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev Patrick Dalton, PP Gowran.
Fr Dalton expressed sympathy on behalf of the parishioners to the family.
The lessons were read by Rose Dolan, (niece) and Sarah Brogan(granddaughter).
Prayers of the faithful
Patrick Minogue, Nicola Davis, Alan Dowling, Jennifer Daly.
Billy’s many interests were reflected in the gifts which were brought to the altar.
Edmond brought some of his tools.
Patrick presented a picture of the St Martin’s hurling team.
Killian and James carried a Kilkenny jersey and a programme of The All Ireland 2011.
Aine Karlsson brought her grandfather’s cap
Aine Dowling carried his tin whistle and mouth organ.
Music throughout the mass was by Mary Moore, accompanied by Sean O’Neill.
The large attendance at the funeral services on both days reflected the esteem in which Billy and his family are held in the community.
Billy is survived by his sons, Bob(Kilkenny), Liam(Bennettsbridge), Paul(Tasmania), Fergal(Callan), Brendan(New York), his daughters, Bridget(England), Freda(Bennettsbridge), Ann(Bennettsbridge), Joan(Sweden). He leaves behind twenty four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brothers, Bobby, Cloghpook, Muckalee, Paddy, Fairways, Kilkenny, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, sister-in-law, Rita(Fairways), nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 7, 10, 12, 24. Jackpot now stands at E8050.00.
Consolation Prizes - Josie Drea, Blackwell; Joan Sugrue, Kilbline; Brian Dooley, Newhouse; Conor Molloy, 2, Kilree Park; Dick McEvoy, Gowran Road.
FIELD DAY - Plans are well advanced for the Annual Field Day to be held on 24th June in the GAA field.
Sports fans will be well catered for with many events, including, Camogie Blitz, Hurling, Soccer Penalty Shoot Out, Basketball, Golf, Hurling Accuracy Test, Bowls.
The Hurling Simulation Machine is expected to prove very popular, this is being sponsored by P.J.Cullen.
The usual stands will be in place, cake stall, Wheel of Fortune, Bric-a-brac, Tea Tent, Face Painting, model Cars, Soak the Senator, Dog Show and much, much more.
A raffle is being run in conjunction with the Field Day and tickets will be available beforehand. There are many fine prizes to be won, These include, Fineline Furniture- Coat Stand- Mary and Tommy Hughes
Handmade garden Seat- Tom Leacy; Load Firewood; Mosse’s Pottery; Jerpoint Glass; Minor Team Picture; Quartz Watch Set; Rug from Walton’s
To enable the day to be successful, a full compliment of stewards and helpers will be needed. Pleas come to the next planning meeting if you can in any way.