Thursday 22 August 2019

Tributes pour in for late Mick Driscoll

The late Mick Driscoll: a 'great craftsman' at Kent Stainless.
The late Mick Driscoll: a 'great craftsman' at Kent Stainless.

By David Tucker

Tributes have been pouring in for a young Wexford man who died tragically at his home at the weekend.

A popular and well-regarded young man, father of a young daughter, Mick 'Drippy' Driscoll was found dead by his father in the family home at Belvedere Grove on Sunday morning.

His 26-year-old brother Billy was found dead there on August 25, 2006.

The night before his death Mick, who was also aged 26, was said to have been in good form at a Christening Party at Wexford Golf Club and Mooneys on the Quay.

'It's tough, very tough,' said Mick's grieving father, Mick. 'We've lost two lovely sons now. It's desperate, very hard. It should happen to no-one,' he said, thanking all of the people who were supporting the family at a time of great loss and tragedy.

Educated at Wexford Vocational College, Mick had a successful career mapped out at Kent Stainless where he was highly regarded.

Kent Stainless was fulsome in its praise for Mick, saying he began working with the company in 2005, straight out of school at 16 years of age.

'From the moment he crossed the threshold at Kents he showed great promise of becoming a great craftsman, we offered Mick a well-deserved opportunity of an apprenticeship in 2006 which he eagerly accepted. One of the youngest apprentices we have ever had, Mick proved to be an outstanding apprentice.

'Leaving home and us to attend his training in college was always a worry for us at such a young age but Mick took it in his stride and never failed to impress us with his results. He made us and his family very proud when he qualified as a fitter in 2010 and we automatically offered him a full time permanent position with Kents.

'We were delighted to have him as part of our team. And indeed Mick didn't prove us wrong. He was a great craftsman. Mick was the youngster of the group, the happy chap, always a smile and always a word for everybody, he had a great sense of humour and a gentle demeanour. He gave energy, commitment and inspiration to his job, he was bright, logical and systematic.

'Mick was a genuinely warm individual and one we will miss greatly. Our sorrow is lessened only slightly with the comforting thought that we had the privilege to know him. For Mick, it was not the years in a life that counted it was the life in the years,' the company said in a statement.

Mick's friends paid similar tributes to him on Facebook, some of the many comments are printed below:

Ciara Bergin: 'I'm so shocked. Wexford has just lost an absolute gentleman and there's not one other single word can describe him better!! I'm so glad to have known you Drippy, you were one of the kindest, most genuine people I've ever met'.

Debbie Colfer: 'Genuinely one of the nicest chaps I had the pleasure to know, a gentleman. RIP Mick Driscoll. My thoughts and prayers are with your family and your little girl.'

Sasha Sangari Smith: 'Absolutely devastated, can't believe it. You were one of the nicest people I've ever met Mick Driscoll. To say that you'll be missed is an understatement.. Only good things can be said about you because you were such a lovely, kind person.'

Niamh Killeen: 'You were a pure little diamond Mick Driscoll..'

Kelly Hanley: 'Can't believe you're gone drippy.. you were a true gent and will always be remembered for that.

Siobhan Donovan: 'Omg so shocked when heard. Such a sad loss of a great fella. Thoughts & prayers with all your family & little kiddie at this heart-breaking time.'

Suzanne Stafford: 'To say I'm absolutly heartbroken is an understatement Mick. I just can't believe it. You were one of the best people I'l ever know and I just want to wake up and find out it's a nightmare.'

Darren Rossiter: 'Just had the saddest news. To the Driscoll family Deborah and Kara Katrina my heart goes out to you all.'

Mick is survived by his daughter Leah, parents Helena and Michael (Mick), sisters Deborah and Pamela, grandmother Angela, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces his extended family.

His Requiem Mass will take place at the Church of the Annunciation, Clonard, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday (August 19), followed by burial at St Ibar's Cemetery, Crosstown.

Wexford People