Naas mourns the passing of Peter Doyle


Paul O'Meara


Paul O'Meara


Naas mourns the passing of Peter Doyle

The late Peter Doyle

The death has taken place today of well known Naas man Peter Doyle of Our Lady’s Place.

Known to many in the town as the last of the ‘Town Hall Doyles’, Peter’s family have long had an association with the Fire Service in Naas.

His father Louis was the first Station Officer when it was based at Naas Town Hall (it’s now located at Newbridge Road) and he was also the town hall caretaker. Peter’s brother Tom took over both roles after their father passed. The Doyle family have seen three generations work  in the Fire Service.

After Louis’ death, Peter moved to Our Lady’s Place with his mother Ellen and sister Bridget, who passed away in 2016. His other sisters - Mary, Nellie and Kathleen - were well known in the town and two of the sisters - Nellie and Kathleen - themselves married local local firefighters.

After a short period working in the UK, Peter returned in 1968 to join the service. As the Fire Service was a retained position, he needed another job to ensure a regular income when fire calls didn’t materialise. Peter worked as a porter in Naas General Hospital and despite his love of the service he had to make a choice when a full time position became available. He left the service in 1979 after 11 years to work for the Health Service Executive, then known as the Eastern Health Board.

Peter married Esther Nolan from Blessington in 1972 and they had four children - David, Helen, Pauline and Jenny. Peter spent 35 years with the ambulance service until his retirement in 2013.

He passed away after a long illness and is survived by Esther, children, daughter in law Evelyn, grandchildren Jamie, Sha, Shannon, Zoe, Kieran, Peter, Sarah, Dylan, Katie, Tommy, Hannah and Sophie, nephews, nieces, family and a wide circle of friends.

Peter will be reposing at the George Mullins funeral home, Kilcullen Road, Naas on Sunday from 5pm till 7pm, with prayers at 6pm. Removal on Monday morning at 9.20am to arrive at the Church of Our Lady and St. David, Naas for funeral mass at 10am, followed by burial in St. Corban's Cemetery, Naas.