Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Everyone who had the privilege of knowing our dear, sweet Marie is heartbroken on hearing that she passed away last Friday.

Marie , a gentle, softly spoken lady was one of a kind. We all have wonderful memories of Marie over the years with the juveniles and in particular the U8/10 girls. As a passionate “Blue” Marie played a huge role in getting so many girls playing in Strand Road to levels we have never seen before. We now have girls teams from U6s up to seniors.
They were all “my girls “ and she treated them like her own.

Marie brought all her nursing traits and dedication onto the pitch and sideline during training and games. Wherever we played Marie’s wonderful nursing skills could be called on at any time by us or the opposition! That’s the way our beautiful Marie was, always willingly to help if she was called upon.

Marie has two Co. Championship medals with Stacks but John converted her from the black and amber over to the Blues . Marie was only one of a handful that became a full on “Blue” and became fully immersed in the club.

It’s many the bus trip we had away to blitzes in Kerry and outside the county. Always a great bonding session. These are the days that the girls will remember for the rest of their lives.
Our annual trip to Passage West was always something to look forward to and we visited Douglas and many more spots in Cork. Often on the way home we would stop off for a bite to eat. It’s many a time after a game that Marie would open up the boot of her  car and out would come the 7Up and goodies. We remember too celebrating birthdays and Marie would bring a cake and candles.

We all remember the Christmas Fair in the club a few years ago. Marie was in the foyer greeting everyone with her warm smile and friendly presence  as they came in with beautiful mince pies , chocolate and mulled wine ( non alcoholic of course). Marie had the foyer beautifully decorated and there was a fantastic atmosphere in the clubhouse that day.

We always had great craic during our preloved clothes sales. Marie got a great kick out of one of the mentors coming in and seeing his clothes for sale. His wife had done a clearance and never told him.

In April 2019, our U10 Girls were invited to a blitz in Croke Park. Marie met us there and enjoyed watching the girls.

Our first big day out was a “Mystery Tour” organised by Marie. We went to the Climbing Wall in Dingle followed by lunch in Dingle town and then headed back further west to the beach where the girls had great fun kicking ball and paddling.

After a year as manager of the U12 Girls Marie was all set to return to her beloved U8/10 girls but unfortunately within weeks her diagnosis was made.
Despite Marie’s illness she always came to watch Stephen and Katie’s games, a proud Mom! An avid supporter, Marie came to most  club games even when her own children weren’t playing.

It is because of Marie’s influence that our U14 and U15 Ladies are the wonderful players and team that they are today. She was a trainer who truly brought out the best in each one, inspired confidence and so many have gone on to play at a higher level.

Karon McLysaght, Adrian Doody, Paddy Hayes, Rory Kerins , Danny Leane and Shirley Doody all worked with Marie and were inspired by her .

Marie had a smile that would always light up a room and was just a wonderful, wonderful person. If Marie was cross with any of us we would get “the look “ something we always joked about. It never lasted long though.

We could write forever about Marie, her wonderful ways, her kindness, her positive attitude always, her great nature and the fun we had but we wouldn’t have enough space in the notes.

It puts things in perspective for all of us when we see a beautiful wife and adoring Mom being taken at such a young age leaving behind her heartbroken husband John and two fabulous children Stephen and Katie.
Our deepest condolences to John, Stephen, Katie and to the Slattery and Nix families.
Marie’s Mom Betty sadly passed away last June. We are also especially thinking of Marie’s Dad Anthony and her brothers Ger and John , the extended Nix and Slattery families and Marie’s friends.

We love you Marie and will cherish the great memories of the time we all had together. It isn’t too many people you get to know in life like Marie. We all  have so many great memories . We will treasure these forever. We are so lucky to have known you. You will be truly missed .
Marie’s original U8 and U10 team and the minor lads formed a guard of honour outside St. Brendan’s Church at Marie’s removal.

Rest in peace our dear Marie , you are now together again with your Mom. Always, you will be remembered and never forgotten!

Nov 16th 2020


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Kerins O Rahillys GAA Club were saddened to hear of the recent passing of Marie Nix,  liam Fenix, Dominic Street and Rita Higgins Ballyvelly.
Liam served as a senior executive member in the 1950s and was a great fundraiser over the years.He was heavily involved in setting up The Blue Review Variety Show(later known as Tops of the Town) which raised much needed funds for our club during difficult times.Liam was 94 years old and we extend our sympathies to Gerard and Niall and all the family.
Rita Higgins from the Kerries was a quiet unassuming and gentle lady . We extend our sympathies to son John, a lifelong club stalwart, and the entire Higgins family.
May they rest in peace.

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