Sadness at death of Ray Doyle from Carne
There was widespread shock and sadness in Our Lady's Island and far beyond on learning of the sad and sudden death of well-known farmer and businessman Ray Doyle, Ballygarra, Carne, who died on December 29.
Ray was a great lover of music and singing and died while enjoying a sing-song with family and friends at his daughter Susie's premises, 'Mary Barry's' in Kilmore village.
Aged 80, Ray was born in Broadway, son of Raymond and Mary Ellen Doyle (nee Stafford) where they ran a grocery and bar, a great meeting place for well-known characters of the area and business people of County Wexford.
Following the sad passing of his father, Ray and his family moved to the farm at Ballygarra where his mother built up a strong farm business for the family.
After leaving school at an early age, Ray received his education from 'the university of life'. He took over ownership of and the entire running of the farming business during his mother's lifetime.
In 1964 he married Veronica (Ronnie) Parle, Ballyhote, and expanded the farm to what it is today.
Married life would bring them three wonderful children Raymond, Paula, and Susie.
Together they went on to develop the well-known and famous Carne Beach Caravan/Camping Park which is visited by people from all over the world, especially Irish tourists and in particular their many and loyal holidaymakers from Dublin.
As the caravan park business developed Ray went back to his father's roots as a publican and he would then open the very successful and renowned Carne Lighthouse Bar.
Ray helped to shape the social, cultural, sporting and economic landscape of Carne, Lady's Island and the wider community.
Over many years he strove to deliver much needed amenities to the local community, namely his involvement in the development of the parish community centre, his foresight in his contribution to the founding of the present parish Community Employment Scheme and to promote Carne as a tourist amenity.
Ray was an accomplished sportsman, having played both football and hurling for Lady's Island he would have the ultimate GAA honour bestowed upon him in 1962 when he captained the first ever Lady's Island hurling team to win the Junior Hurling Championship by defeating Oulart - a feat the Club would wait a further 39 years to achieve again, both his brothers Leo and Donald also played on that team.
And as recent as January of 2014 Ray was honoured by Cumann Luchleas Gael and received his Seána Gael Award for his lifelong contribution to the GAA.
He extended his involvement in sport to soccer recently by generously providing grounds to Carne F.C. from his lands in Logansherd.
Ray also spent many years as a dedicated voluntary member and Deputy Area Officer of Carnesore Irish Coastguard.
Ray was almost always surrounded by his pet dogs; you rarely saw one without the other. He was not a man to take holidays as he enjoyed his work so much and was always very committed to that.
However, in latter years began taking occasional winter holidays to the Canary Islands.
Ray's funeral in Our Lady's Island on New Year's day was one of the largest seen in the parish, reflecting the esteem inn which he was held.
His Funeral Mass was celebrated by V. Rev. Brendan Nolan, P.P., assisted by V. Rev. Denis Doyle, P.P., Kilmore.
Fr. Nolan paid a glowing tribute to Ray in his homily.
The Island Voices, of which Ray's daughter-in-law Selena is a prominent member, sang beautifully during the ceremony. His grand-daughter Jessica also sang during the ceremony.
The offertory procession was taken up by his grandchildren Naomi, Jake, Nathan and Reegan. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Naomi, Jake, Nathan and Jessica.
Readings were by Pat Redmond and Kay Parle and his loving wife and soulmate Ronnie placed his name on the Tree of Remembrance in the church. The following poem was composed and recited by Ray's daughter Paula:
'You stood for friendship and love, peace and song, fun and laughter
But most of all Dad you were Dad to all the people you met in life
You took people in your stride, you loved life as life.
You were everybody's rock, our rock our hero, our saviour always Dad, our dad
We can't believe when we come home you won't be sitting at the table
We can't believe we won't see you burst through the door with you're herd of dogs
We can't believe we won't hear you any more but we know that wherever you are
You are singing to us, somewhere over the rainbow
We will all meet once more.
Til we meet again, we will hold you in our hearts every second of the day
Because life is but a moment, so a moment we will wait.
In our hearts always, love Mam, Raymond, Paula & Susie'
A guard-of-honour was provided by Lady's Island GAA Club and Carne F.C. and Carne Coastguard Unit.
Ray is survived by his wife Ronnie, son Raymond, daughters Paula and Susie, brother Donald, sister Moyra, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.
Ray Doyle was a wonderful husband, a caring father, a doting grandfather, a great friend, and a loyal neighbour. The Carne/Lady's Island and the wider communities are certainly lesser places following his passing - 'may the green sod of the parish he loved and served so well rest lightly on his grave'.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh an anam