Tributes pour in for popular Kilcullen native, Noel Brady

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Tributes pour in for popular Kilcullen native, Noel Brady

The late Noel Brady of Kilcullen

Tributes have been paid to a late Kilcullen native who passed away in the US.

Noel Brady (42), son of John and Anna May Brady of Milemill, died on December 7, in Norwood, Boston.

His funeral mass took place yesterday morning (December 14) at The Church Of The Sacred Heart and St Brigid, Kilcullen. There was a minute’s silence for the late Noel before the Kildare v Westmeath game in Kilcullen GAA last Sunday, December 10. A guard of honour was formed by Kilcullen GAA before the funeral.

The club took to Facebook to say;

“Everyone in Kilcullen GAA would like to offer our sympathies to the family and friends of Noel Brady. He was part of the Kilcullen team that won a minor double in 1992 and was very proud of this.

"Noel emigrated to America around 18 years ago. He was a very proud Ragsman and Lilywhite and would often email me to see how I thought the lilies would go each year and how everything was going in the club.

“He was delighted when the Kildare team went to Boston on a team holiday a few years ago and he was able to meet them for a few pints.

“He also had a great night on one of his visits home when his team mates from the 92 minor team had a reunion and played a bit of a match together and then all headed to O'Connells to watch the video of the 92 championship final.

“He loved his life in America but was very proud of where he came from. May he rest in peace.”

Noel is survived by his his wife Eleanor (Taylor), and young son, Patrick, his parents John and Anna May (Tierney) Brady, brother James, and the extended family. 

Noel was a former Multiple Leinster champion with the local boxing club.

David O’Brien paid tribute on the clubs behalf;

“Members of Kilcullen boxing club would like to express our deepest sympathies to the family of our former Multiple Leinster champion, Noel Brady. 

“Noel won many county and provincial titles for Kilcullen during his 10 years as a boxer. 

“At the age of 14 (boy 4), Noel was 57 kilos and after 2 fights, reached his first Leinster final, to qualify for the All Ireland’s in the stadium. Half way through the first round against a strong boxer, Noel was dropped to the kanvas and given a standing count. He jumped back onto his toes and with grit and heart, won the fight impressively. 

“I’ll always remember the atmosphere because his mam and dad, John and Anna may always had a big crowd for the Kilcullen boxers in action. That was the first of his numerous Leinster titles. 

“He was a “hardy buck”, and loved his sport, including playing for the rags. An absolute gentleman will always be loved remembered by the people who knew him.”

The late Noel earned his technology degree from RTC Cork, prior to emigrating and settling in Norwood, in the United States. He worked nights for many years for UPS in Norwood, which enabled him to be a stay-at–home dad during the day for Patrick and further enjoyed gardening, and was an accomplished boxer. 

May he rest in peace.