ALTHOUGH he spent most of his working life in Tralee, Co Kerry where he was much loved, the gregarious Noel Carey proved he was a Kilkenny man to the last when the Rose of Mooncoin was played by two of his own, Danny Grace and Tommy Prendergast, as he went to his final resting place. The coffin had earlier been draped with a Kilkenny jersey worn by All Ireland intermediate medal winner, Jamie Cahill. A hurley belonging to another distinguished Graignamanagh man, Syl Cushen. was also placed on it.
The late Noel Carey was born at the family home in John’s Quay, Kilkenny city on December 28, 1937, to parents Martin and Georgina Carey (nee Gilroy). Noel was a brother of Mick Carey, Graignamanagh and the late Gus Carey, Parliament Street, Kilkenny. He was a regular visitor to his native city and followed the fortunes of its hurlers with great pride. He moved to the South West as a rep for Osmond’s Veterinary Medicines, Dublin in 1968. He became area manager for Kerry and West Cork and became very well known and extremely well liked by all the farmers he dealt with and by the many business people in the region that he came to know.
He married Breda Maher from Oakpark, Tralee and the couple set up house at Liosdara, Oakpark, Tralee. Their home was the scene of many great nights with Noel always asked to sing favourites like, The Gambler, Working Man and Amazing Grace. He never refused and was a gracious host.
He was a strong Fine Gael supporter and was delighted when Jimmy Deenihan won back the Dail seat for the party in North Kerry and also when Jimmy was made a senior minister in the new Government six months ago.
Noel attended St Kieran’s College and represented the school in hurling. He also played under-21 and intermediate hurling with Kilkenny and when in Dublin played with Moondharig hurling club. along with the likes of Jim Hogan, Eddie Keher and Jimmy Clohessy. He was also an excellent handballer.
The move to Kerry proved very fortuitous for Noel, as it was a rugby club dance in Tralee, that he first laid eyes on his future wife, Breda Maher. They were married in 1972. Their union was blessed with a daughter Maeve and son David.. He retired from work in the late 1990s, giving him more time to enjoy his hobbies and family. He leaves nothing but good memories for those who loved him .
Noel was pre-deceased by his brothers Gus and Paddy (Kilkenny). He is survived by his wife Breda, daughter Maeve, son David, brothers Michael (Graignamanagh) and John (Florida), sister Marie (Enniscorthy), nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. He was buried in Rath Cemetery after requiem Mass in St John’s Church, Tralee.
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