The death occurred recently of Raheny guy Noel Hughes whose vigorous work increased greater than EUR100,000 for the St Michael’s Residence charity over the past years.
The much-travelled curator, conservationist as well as writer was a fantastic hubby, daddy, sportsman and a close friend to lots of.
Noel, that dropped dead just before his 83rd birthday celebration, originated from Annaghbeg, Ahascragh, and throughout his life stayed near his Galway roots.
A devoted sportsman, Noel played 13 sports competitively consisting of gaelic football for Ballygar as well as John Mitchells in Birmingham, hurling for Ahascragh, rugby for Ballinasloe, GEC Witton and Clontarf, hockey for Lorraine, tennis for Sutton and was turning out for Connacht experts in the interprovincials until his late seventies.
He belonged to the Ballygar group that won the county minor championship in 1956, and his phase on the fantastic story was recently included in the new GAA publication Grassroots.
A committed golf player, he played 3 times a week in Donabate where he went to the heart of a large team of terrific buddies.
After leaving UCG, he emigrated to Birmingham where he met his precious partner Pauline.
Noel functioned as a bus chauffeur and in British Leyland where he graduated towards the collection and also started on the road towards ending up being a Details Scientist.
In 1972 he returned to Ireland where Noel took up a work as Library Policeman with An Foras Forbartha, which dealt with physical preparation, and also road and also building construction.
In 1982 he wrote the background of Irish Engineering 1760-1960 and was awarded a Fellowship of the Collection Association of Ireland, going on to come to be the association’s Head of state.
He after that came to be the Head of Collection at Enfo, the State’s fledgling Environmental Details Service and also a very early supporter for environment action.
As part of his roles in An Foras Forbartha and also Enfo he travelled to several nations to suggest on developing ecological databases– with the southern African nations of Lesotho and Botswana near to his heart, along with India, where he operated in 1976.
At his funeral service, his family defined how there were just two sorts of people– Noel’s pals as well as those individuals he hadn’t fulfilled yet.
He was passionate regarding two things– his household as well as fundraising for St Michael’s House.
He silently and determinedly increased EUR100,000 for the charity with an annual golf classic which saw 250 individuals take part each year for a years.
St Michael’s House gives sheltered accommodation for Noel’s child Kevin, as well as donations were raised at his funeral for the charity.
In the month prior to he passed away, Noel saw his house location of Annaghbeg, Ahascragh and additionally took a trip to London and also Birmingham to visit family.
He was delighted to go to the launch of the book in Croke Park on the Friday prior to he died, and also was signed up with by his sibling Tom and grand-daughter Holly on that unforgettable night.
He enjoyed Pauline, his boys Darren, Kevin as well as Aidan, his daughters-in-law Elaine and Shirley, grandchildren Holly, Sean, Ellie, Cian, Isabel and also Lily and also their companions and also he was eagerly awaiting the birth of his and Pauline’s initial excellent grand son Jonah in January.
He is unfortunately missed by his brother Tom as well as siblings Myra as well as Veronica, brothers as well as sister-in-law and is pre-deceased by his brothers Jarlath as well as Rub.
In a party of his life in his local church of St Benedict’s in Raheny, Dublin, his kid Kevin serenaded him with Love Me Tender and he was played out of the church to the tune of Fats Domino’s Blueberry Hillside.
Noel would certainly not have desired it otherwise.
IMAGE– The late Noel Hughes from Raheny pictured at his yearly golf standard for St Michael’s Home at Donabate Golf Club in 2017.