Sean Malone (18) - a popular young man and friend to all

HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their last respects to Sean Malone at Knockmoylan church in Ballyhale on St Stephen’s day.

HUNDREDS of mourners turned out to pay their last respects to Sean Malone at Knockmoylan church in Ballyhale on St Stephen’s day.

The small country church was unable to accommodate the huge outpouring of grief for the young man who had tragically lost his life on Friday, December 23.

Sean Malone was 18 when he died. He had graduated from Scoil Aireagail in September. Sean loved machinery and was an apprenticeship mechanic. He had started his apprenticeship in Holden Plant Rental and was enjoying learning the intricacies of engines and machinery.

Outside of work, Sean enjoyed nothing more than playing hurling. He was a member of the Ballyhale senior panel who were narrowly beaten in the Senior Championship final. It took two matches to separate the teams with James Stephen’s coming out on top. Sean Malone came from a long tradition of great hurlers his grandfather John Fitzpatrick had been the Chairman of Ballyhale Shamrocks and his cousin is five time All Ireland champion James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick.

Sean looked set to follow in his cousins footsteps, he had captained the Ballyhale Shamrock minor team as well as playing for the u-21’s and the senior panel.

He was a very popular man off the pitch as well. His coach from under age level Sean Reid remembers Sean Malone for his witty come backs and his happy outgoing demeanour.

A neighbour of the Malone family, former TD Bobby Aylward said that the whole of south Kilkenny was shocked. “He was very popular with his school mates and friends. Hundreds of people turned out to the funeral and all the local parishes, the whole of south Kilkenny has been shocked by his death,” he said.

Mr Malone’s passing is mourned by his parents Norleen and Pat, his three elder sisters, Mags, Noreen and Catherine Anne as well as his younger brother Patrick.