Saturday, December 27, 2008

In Memory of Maureen Doyle
Sadly, Maureen passed away on the 6th of November ’08 after a long battle with cancer.

Maureen was a woman of great character. Her positive outlook was inspirational. She attracted many people into her life simply by being friendly and sincere. Maureen spoke of her illness in a dismissive way and was always far more interested in everyone else around her. Family and friends were her main priorities in life.

Maureen was a great advocate of our traditional Cead Mile Failte; tea, treats, and storytelling were very much the norm in her home. Being a Tipperary woman, she was a great fan of inter-county hurling. She enjoyed the banter, particularly on anything to do with sport. Around here, we love our football, so living borderline – Wicklow, Kildare – made for many an argument!! I do believe she was neutral though, or was she being diplomatic?!

Maureen was truly the outdoor type. Some of her many interests included gardening, golf, and from early childhood, breeding Connemara ponies – she loved horses and animals generally!

Maureen began her ‘golf career’ with Ballymore GS and as soon as she mastered it, she joined Boystown Golf Club and Poulaphuca GS as well! She was a founder member of Boystown Ladies club and was Captain in 1998 and 1999. She has been Lady President there for the past few years, a role of which she was very proud, and rightly so.

In BME GS, Maureen served on the committee as Secretary from 2003 to 2006. There was no better person to take up the reins from Dora, she was incredibly organised and committed to the task. She really enjoyed her golf and particularly the social side of it!

Her brother Tim happened to mention another side to Maureen – she was very stubborn. In her last weeks, getting her to eat was difficult enough for Marky. He offered her jelly, plain and simple. He presented it with pride, because finally there was something she wanted to eat! Her response was “It’s red, I don’t eat anything red”. Everyone had a laugh, including Maureen.

That same stubbornness stood her proud. She lived longer than her doctors expected, she maintained her independence and she died at home, as she had wanted, with great dignity. Her family were there for her every step of the way. Maureen lived every day of her short life to the full, in a spirit of goodwill, right to the end.

Results - Baltinglass Outing

1st 38 pts Tommy Deegan 2nd 37 pts Tim Duggan

Yellow ball 36pts Brendan Daly
John Murphy
Tim Duggan

Rumble 77 pts Ciaran Curley
Eoghan Barrett
T Deegan Post

Mystery Team 1st 105 pts
Tommy Deegan
Eoghan Barrett
John Field
2nd 99 pts
Simon Murphy
Michael Horan
Tim Duggan

Ballymore Eustace GAA Club
Juvenile Football & Hurling
An Báile Mór
The News:
Well Christmas is just upon us and I'm sure all the juvenile's have sent Santa their letters and Christmas lists are
made out. With all in hibernation from GAA at the moment I was looking back over the year at the teams that
took part in both football and hurling.
It was fantastic in particular to see the number of different teams that took part in leagues, blitz's, Go-Games,
Community Games, Scoil Mhuire football and hurling teams, Leinster Feile and Co. Championships. U8, U10,
U11 & U12 in hurling, U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12, U13 in football and not forgetting St. Oliver Plunketts with
U14, U15, U16, U18, & U21.
Add to that the Summer Camp, the Duck Race,The Family Fun Day, Christmas Disco and the Girls team trip to
Croke Park and what you have here is a lot of families involved in sport.
Of course its very important that kids get out and are involved in sport for many reasons but that really can only
happen because of the commitment of their parents. So to all parents on behalf of the Juvenile committee thank
you for your support, enjoy the break from GAA and have a great Christmas and all the best for 2009. We would
also like to take this opportunity to wish Tim a “Big Happy Birthday” this month.
The Girls in Croke Park
St. Oliver Plunketts U14 in the Leinster Feile Parade
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year to All

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Lads,

while looking for irish people I met when I came to Eire first time I came across your blog looking for a Maureen Doyle from Arklow, born around 1975. Can anyone tell me if it would be true that this is the Maureen sadly died last year?

I really would appreciate an answer,


marcus from Berlin, GER marcus-klm at