CHER­ISHED DAVID WAS A MUCH-LOVED FAM­ILY MAN

THE LATE GARDA DAVID HAN­NON IS LAID TO REST IN HIS NA­TIVE BRAY

Bray People - - NEWS -

THE late Garda David Han­non was ‘ the life and soul of every party,’ his sis­ter Kirstie said this week.

‘He was a great man and that showed through the fu­neral,’ she said.

A na­tive of Bray, Garda Han­non (32) was sta­tioned in Mullingar, County West­meath, and lived in Bal­ly­more.

A large num­ber of mourn­ers at­tended his fu­neral at St Pe­ter’s church in Bray last Fri­day be­fore he was laid to rest at Shanganagh ceme­tery. Mullingar also came to a stand­still in hon­our of the much-loved garda and GAA man, be­fore he was brought home to Bray for the last time.

David died sud­denly the pre­vi­ous Mon­day, to the heart­break of his wife Treasa, their three chil­dren, his par­ents Carmel and Dinny, his sis­ter Kirstie, grand­mother Brigid, and all of his rel­a­tives and friends.

Grow­ing up, David and his fam­ily first lived at O’Byrne Road, then Beech Road, and later moved to Bent­ley Park.

‘He was amaz­ing,’ said David’s mother Carmel. ‘He would do ab­so­lutely any­thing for any­body. He was an amaz­ing fa­ther who did ev­ery­thing for his kids and his wife. He loved Treasa very much.’

David and his wife were child­hood sweet­hearts, to­gether since the age of 16.

‘I only have one son, and he was the son I wanted,’ said Carmel. ‘He was ev­ery­thing to us, and never gave us an ounce of trou­ble.’

He al­ways wanted to be a garda, even as a small boy, dress­ing up and telling his par­ents he would ar­rest them!

He ex­celled at St Cro­nan’s and later Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege in Bray, where he had great friends and got along well with the teach­ers.

‘Ev­ery­thing he did made me proud,’ said Carmel. ‘And he adored his sis­ter. He was just bril­liant.’

She said that the fam­ily will trea­sure their happy mem­o­ries, such as David and Treasa’s wed­ding day in Spid­dle.

‘ The love I have is un­mea­sur­able,’ said Carmel. ‘I’m heart­bro­ken.’

David’s fa­ther Dinny said that the fam­ily is very grate­ful to the gar­daí, the com­mu­ni­ties of Mullingar and Bray, and ev­ery­one who has shown them such sup­port and been so car­ing since they re­ceived the sad news.

West­meath GAA paid trib­ute to the pop­u­lar ref­eree fol­low­ing the tragic news.

‘ The ref­eree and mem­ber of An Garda Síochána was liked by all who met him and was a down-to-earth and sin­cere man,’ they wrote on their Face­book page.

‘ To his wife, chil­dren, ex­tended fam­ily and large cir­cle of friends and work col­leagues, we ex­tend our deep­est sym­pa­thies.

‘David was well-known in West­meath GAA cir­cles hav­ing ref­er­eed in both hurl­ing and foot­ball.

‘He was also emerg­ing through the ranks of the in­ter-county scene, of­fi­ci­at­ing at this year’s Le­in­ster un­der-17 hurl­ing cham­pi­onship clash be­tween Dublin and Of­faly

amongst other in­ter-county games.’

A minute’s si­lence was held at Cusask Park in Mullingar on Tues­day evening in David’s mem­ory be­fore the throw-in. He was due to ref­eree the clash be­tween Brown­stown and St Brigid’s.

‘With David around, you can be cer­tain that heaven will be a safer and bet­ter place,’ wrote West­meath GAA.

Ac­cord­ing to David’s sis­ter Kirstie, pay­ing trib­ute to her brother on his Face­book page, he ‘was the life and soul of every party, the co­me­dian and the en­ter­tainer.’

He was a won­der­ful big brother, who helped to teach his sis­ter right from wrong.

At his fu­neral on Fri­day, mem­bers of Bal­ly­more GAA pro­vided a guard of hon­our as David’s re­mains were brought to Shanganagh.

Garda Scott Kahler told mourn­ers at St Pe­ter’s that Mullingar had given David a send-off that week ‘which nei­ther Bressie nor Niall Ho­ran will get’.

He said that David had a com­mand­ing pres­ence, a com­pas­sion­ate na­ture, and was a ca­pa­ble and as­sured po­lice­man.

He saved two lives in the town dur­ing his ser­vice as a garda. ‘I will be a long time lament­ing his pass­ing,’ said Garda Kahler.

WITH DAVID AROUND, YOU CAN BE CER­TAIN THAT HEAVEN WILL BE A SAFER AND BET­TER PLACE

Gar­daí walk with the fam­ily of David Han­non from St Pe­ter’s Church down the Dublin Road in Bray.

BELOW: Mem­bers of Garda Han­non’s GAA Club, the Fr Dal­ton’s Bal­ly­more, pro­vide a guard of hon­our at the church.

The late Garda David Han­non.

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