Rath­new pays trib­ute to great Gael Tim Doyle

Bray People - - Sports -

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.

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