The late Pat 'Red' Coyle

GAA stalwart

The late Pat 'Red' Coyle

The late Pat 'Red' Coyle of Two Mile House

For many years Pat Coyle was involved with Two Mile House GAA club, whose junior football team won a first ever All-Ireland junior football championship for County Kildare.

But Pat, better known as 'Red', will be remembered among family members and a wide circle of friends for having an interest in many sports and it’s a legacy he passed on to his family.

He passed away last month aged 80.

He loved Gaelic games and was a frequent visitor to St Conleth’s Park when the county team was playing and to virtually every other GAA ground in the county for games involving 'The House'.

He served as treasurer of Two Mile House GAA and was a longstanding president.

He was also one of the club’s trustees and was involved in the efforts to secure the premises which is the club’s current home.

After his playing days ended he became a referee officiating at many games in the 1960s.

In those days it was the norm for the travelling or away team to provide the officiating referee. And legend has it that Two Mile House never lost an away fixture.

He was also a team selector within the club and was associated with the St Oliver Plunketts team, an amalgamation of TMH, Eadestown and Ballymore Eustace which fielded minor and Under 21 teams, notably winning a county under 21 title in the mid-1980s.

His trips to Newbridge were not just to St Conleth’s though; he loved greyhounds and spent many evenings cheering on his dogs at the Newbridge track.

Most Saturdays he would head for McCormack’s pub on Naas’s South Main Street, where he’d indulge his love of horseracing while sipping a few whiskeys or selling tickets to raise some money for the TMH GAA, Naas United soccer club or the Irish Greyhound Board.

Pat worked in the Naas Cotton Mills, which was the first major industry to come to Naas in the late 1930s and which pre-dated the arrival of other companies, some which have also closed.

He met his wife Gay there some 60 years ago. The couple were married for 55 years.

Subsequently he worked for the Posts and Telegraphs (later Eircom) and he also worked at Dennison Trailers in Naas.

His funeral took place to the cemetery in Two Mile House following mass at the local St. Peter’s Church.

He is survived by his wife Gay; sons Patrick, Donal and Dermot (Harry); daughter Deirdre; grandchildren; great grandchildren; brothers and sisters.

May he rest in peace.

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