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Christopher Doyle Memorial

Christopher Doyle - An Appreciation

By Brendan McGlynn

The community was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Christy Doyle, Balally Drive on the 13th December 1999. Born in Rathvilly, Co Carlow in 1947, he joined the Army Apprentice School in Naas in 1957 where he trained until 1960. He gave 25 years faithful and dedicated service until retiring as a Company Sergeant in 1982. During his service he was employed as an Armament Artificer. He served in the Army Ordinance Corps from 1960-1982. Christy also served with the Irish Peacekeeping Forces abroad on five occasions, twice in the Lebanon, twice in Cyprus and once in Sinai. Following his retirement he was retained in a civilian capacity as an Artificer in Clancy Barracks.

In 1969 he married Bernie Kelly of Rathmore, Co Carlow. Later that year the young couple came to live in their new home in Balally Drive. Their marriage was blessed with three children – Sharon, Gary and Anne. 

Christy was a man of sound Christian values who took pride in his career and who displayed great love and affection towards his family. He was a generous man who was fiercely competitive. He was very energetic and was involved in a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. He took great joy in the simple things of life. 

He loved playing Bridge with his wife Bernie as his partner. They played Dundrum Bridge Club and also in the Carnegie Bridge Club in Sandyford where Christy was Club Secretary for three years. In November 1999 they played there in the Irish Bridge Union Simultaneous Pairs, which is a National Competition.  It was only on the 11th January 2000 that Bernie was notified that herself and Christy had come second in the Competition winning them a prize of £80. 

Christy was a founder member of the Balally Horseshoe Pitching Club. He excelled at the sport and he won the County Dublin Singles in 1977.  He was a member of a team to represent Ireland in an International event in Luton in 1988. On that occasion his team won the major event as well as he ensuing Doubles competition. Gardening was another of his pastimes and with Bernie as his mentor they won First Prize in the Balally Gardening Competition on more than one occasion. He was a regular supporter of the Parish Bingo ever since its inception. 

Christy enjoyed music and had a great feeling for Irish culture. In the past five or six years himself and Bernie had developed a love of set dancing. They have enjoyed sessions inStackstown, Hotel Victor, Glenalbyn and Naomh Olaf GAA Club, often twice weekly. Indeed it was while they were set dancing in Bray that Christy took ill and died. 

The large attendance at both the removal of the remains and the funeral Mass in the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally were testimony to the high esteem in which he was rightly held. The attendance included many high ranking Army Officers. The organisation of National Ex-Servicemen of which he was a member provided a Guard of Honour. Very Rev. Fr Dermot Lane P.P. delivered a fitting homily. The coffin draped in the Tricolour was later taken to Shanganagh Cemetery for burial. Following the burial his family provided their friends, many of which had travelled from Carlow, with refreshments in Naomh Olaf GAA Club where Christy was proud to be a life member. Indeed some of Christy’s craftsmanship is on display in the foyer in the form of a plaque having the names of the Chairmen of the club inscribed, as well as a plaque commemorating the official opening of the premises. 


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