Rathnew pays tribute to great Gael Tim Doyle
A GROUP of members from the Rathnew G.A.A. Club gathered on Sunday, December 28, to mark the centenary of the passing of one of the greatest Gaels ever to grace the playing fields of County Wicklow.
Those gathered listened as Father Kavanagh described the natural footballer, captain and leader, and perfect sportsman that was the great Tim Doyle.
Tim was killed in a tragic accident in Bray railway station in 1908 and his loss was not just felt in his native Rathnew but throughout the Garden County and indeed, among the Gaels of Ireland.
Tim was held in such high esteem that Gaels around the county raised a prominent Celtic cross to his mem- ory. Father Kavanagh then led the prayers before reminding todays generation of footballers to carry on the proud G.A.A. tradition in Rathnew village which was created by the efforts of people such as Tim Doyle.
John Snell, Chairperson of the Rathnew G.A.A. Club, placed a wreath on the grave and thanked Father Kavanagh and those gathered and remarked that it was fitting and right to remember this great man in this manner on the centenary of his death.
John reminded members of the need to carry on the great tradition in the club and of the importance of supporting each other as the club endeavours to again reach the pinnacle in the county.
Father Kavanagh at Tim Doyle’s grave in Rathnew.