Fintan Ryan – an appreciation

A LIGHT went out in the hearts of the Ryan household on March 30, 2012, when they learned of the sudden and tragic death of their beloved Fintan at the early age of 42.

A LIGHT went out in the hearts of the Ryan household on March 30, 2012, when they learned of the sudden and tragic death of their beloved Fintan at the early age of 42.

Fintan, beloved son of Pat and Kieran Ryan, Johnswell Road, Kilkenny, received his education in Presentation Convent and CBS Secondary School. At an early age it was obvious that Fintan would follow in his dad’s footsteps, both in business and in his great love for cycling. Fintan joined the family business after completing his education in CBS and worked there until the time of his death.

During that time, Fintan joined the Kilkenny Cycling Club and went on to win the Hotel Kilkenny and Kilkenny People award at the age of 18.

Fintan was a member of the four-man Irish international team that won the overall team award in the Junior Tour of Ireland. In this tour, Fintan was the highest-placed Kilkenny participant. A week before the tour, he was a member of the Irish international junior team that was second in a highly competitive stage race in Luxembourg in the National Le Coq Sportif League, which was open to cyclists from all over Ireland. Fintan was placed sixth overall and again was the best-placed Kilkenny cyclist.

His remains reposed at his parents’ house. On April 1, Fintan’s remains were received in St John’s Church by Fr Frank Purcell and Fr Sean O’Connor. The funeral Mass on April 2 was celebrated by Fr Frank Purcell (St John’s), Fr Jim Murphy (St Canice’s), Fr Sean O’Connor (St John’s), Fr Donal Harney (Mill Hill), Fr Willie Purcell (St Kieran’s College) and Fr Larry O’Keeffe (Clara).

The offertory gifts were presented by Fintan’s father Kieran and children Ella, Christine and Kieran, his friend Jim Foley and cousin Brendan O’Reilly. The bread and wine were carried to the altar by his wife Sinead and mother Pat; a commentary was read by his aunt Margaret Kenny. The prayers of the faithful were read by his mother-in-law Ber, cousins Collette Bates and Tommy Hackett, and friend John Brennan and Simone and Jenny. The readings were read by his father-in-law Ed and nephew Evan. The eulogy was read by his uncle John Hackett, and the communion reflection was read by his wife Sinead. Music was provided by St John’s bereavement choir.

Fintan was interred in St Kieran’s Cemetery.

He is sadly missed by his wife Sinead, daughters Ella and Christine, son Kieran, parents Kieran and Pat, brothers Paul and Cieran, sisters-in-law Oonagh and Siobhan, nephews Evan, Sean and Edward, nieces Kate and Lauren, mother- and father-in-law Ber and Ed Stack, aunts, uncles, cousins and a very large circle of friends.