Rest in Peace
On Friday evening, the Village club lost one of it’s most loyal members with the untimely death of Matt Kelly, Sheastown (formerly New Street), on Friday, January 4.
Before his passing, Matt, a person of quiet disposition, bore a long and difficult period of sickness with great courage and dignity.
Matt was predeceased by his father, Paddy, retired St Kieran’s College farm manager, mother Eileen and his younger sister, Eileen who only passed away in February 2018.
Throughout his life, Matt was a passionate hurling man and a devoted Kilkenny supporter.
A talented under-age player, Matt lined out at corner forward on the James Stephens U-16 double championship winning teams of 1970.
Members will recall the many times throughout the 1970’s /80’s, Matt obliged the club when collecting players from colleges around the country for vital championship fixtures.
During an era of significant under-age success and development in the club, from 1990 to 1995, Matt served as a conscientious and efficient club treasurer.
As a tribute to a much respected former club officer a large turnout of club members formed a guard of honour as his funeral proceeded to St Patrick’s church on Sunday night and after Requiem Mass on Monday morning to his final resting place in Foulkstown cemetery.
To his devoted wife, Mary, daughter, Cliodhna, son, Dermot his sisters, Mary, Nora and Catherine, nephews and nieces, we extend our deepest sympathies. “Air dheis laimh Dei go raibh a anam dilis”