‘Big A’ was respected and revered - St Pats

“The period since the night of Friday 25th January has been one of the darkest in the life of St Patrick’s G.F.C. On that night one of our most respected club members Adrian Donohoe was gunned down while carrying out his duties of protecting the community.

“The period since the night of Friday 25th January has been one of the darkest in the life of St Patrick’s G.F.C. On that night one of our most respected club members Adrian Donohoe was gunned down while carrying out his duties of protecting the community.

Adrian or “Big A” as he was known to us joined the club in 1997 He played with the club for a number of years winning Senior League and Championship medals. When he hung up the boots he acted as team Manager and selector with our Junior Teams .

As his two beautiful children Amy and Niall came of an age to play football in the club, Adrian became involved in training the Nursery Football section of the club – the under 6 and under 7 teams. On Thursday nights during the playing season it was a familiar sight to see upwards of 40 young children barely the height of Adrian’s knees being trained, coached and encouraged in the basic skills of Gaelic Football. They respected and revered him, they hung on to his every word and we know they will never forget him.

Adrian Donohoe was a big man, big in stature and big in heart. He was a man of great integrity and wisdom. He had a kind heart. His normal answer when you spoke to him was “What can I do for you”.

At this time we are devastated at the loss of such a great member. However we cannot even begin to imagine the heartbreak that his family are feeling at this awfully sad time for them. Our hearts go out to Caroline his wife, to his children Amy and Niall to his father and mother , to his sisters and brothers to his whole extended family circle.

Our thoughts also go out to his many friends who mourn his passing. We also remember the wider Garda Family who must surely be devastated by the loss of such a great colleague.

We also remember the Credit Union officials who were on duty at the time of Adrian’s death. These people give of their time in the service of the community, most of them on a voluntary basis . Friday night 25th January 2013 will be a night they will never forget.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all in the weeks, months and years ahead.

St Patrick’s G.F.C. would like to say a sincere thank you to all who helped and supported us during Adrian’s wake and funeral. There are too many to mention everybody individually The response to our dilemma was overwhelming . We really, really appreciate all the help we received .

Thank you to all who took the time to visit our Complex and sign the Book of Condolence. Thank you to all those from our own club, from other GAA clubs, from our local community and from outside who helped in any way over the week – those who prepared or served refreshments – all the businesses and individuals who provided sandwiches, bakes, tea, milk, sugar, soup, stew - those who supplied cups , plates , spoons, tablecloths , toiletories, cleaning material etc. – businesses who supplied staff to help us out- the many people who took time off work to be of assistance - those who arranged babysitters for their children so that they could be there with us to help.

A big thank you to all those who acted as stewards over the week, to the local tradesmen who gave of their time to ensure the Complex was well equipped to deal with the many people who came. A sincere thank you to the many GAA clubs who supplied furniture and who helped out with the catering and stewarding. Thanks to those residents businesses and local school who allowed their property to be used for parking, to those who took part in the Guard of Honour.

We would also like to thank the Gardai for their guidance and support during this difficult time. Thanks also to Red Cross and Order of Malta who supplied Ambulances and crews on the day of Adrian’s funeral. A special word of thanks to Adrian’s family who despite their own grief took time out to visit us and support us .

To those who may not be mentioned above and who helped us – a sincere thank you to you all.

Anyone who helped us in any way played their part in honouring a great clubman, a great community man, a great Garda, a first class family man – Adrian Donohoe .

Rest in peace Adrian.

Ar dheis De go raibh ar a ainm.