IN HIS twenty short years Kevin ’Ned’ Minogue shone brightly until his life ended tragically in a car accident on Thursday.
Lead singer in a local band and a great sportsman he had a wide circle of friends and was well loved. His funeral took place on Sunday at St Columcille’s Church in Inistioge and was celebrated by Fr Richard Scriven.
Gardai are still investigating the cause of the collision, which took place at 8.30am on the road from Thomastown to Inistioge. Kevin, who was an apprentice electrican was on his way to Carlow IT to start his final exams when the crash occurred.
The young man was very popular among his peers and was both fun loving and outgoing. “He was always happy, nothing would get him down. He had a good attitude to life, he just wanted to get on with it and enjoy it,” one family member said.
Kevin lived at the family home at Cappagh, Inistioge with his parents Paddy and Margaret. He was the youngest of eight and was described as ‘a great friend to the family. He was also well known as the lead singer and guitarist with the band Calibre who played on a regular basis at The Sportsman in Thomastown. In a poignant moment the Guns and Roses anthem, Sweet Child o’ Mine, the first song Kevin learned. Kevin hurled with The Rower, Inistioge and played in goal last season. He also played soccer for Thomastown United.
At his funeral his childhood friend Jack Walsh recited a eulogy remembering his dear friend. “Ned had lived an amazing life even though it was rather short. Ned was a great friend; he was the kind of friend that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. He was a person everyone loved and a person, which many had a strong relationship with.
“What is it that we remember when we think of Ned? I think everyone who knows him very well would agree with me on this. It was his sense of humour. He was the kind of person that would make everyone laugh so hard that they’d end up crying. Who could forget about his jokes at hurling training or on the school soccer courts, and how about his unnatural talent between the goal posts. That is what we will all remember and miss about Ned. He could make us laugh when we were in bad form and would always advise us on what ever problems any of us might of had He always cheered us up when he knew we just had a bad day. That’s the trademark of Ned. He always wanted to make people happy,” he said.
Kevin is survived by his heartbroken parents, Paddy and Margaret; siblings Tina, Valerie, Pat, Linda, Marie, Ritchie and Brian; his nieces and nephews Shane, Patrick, Annie, Aoife, Dylan, Amy and Adam and a wide circle of friends.