There is great sadness in the Enniscorthy area following the death of Tony Green, Knocknagros 2, Brea.
Oni, aged 92 , died on August 21.
A lifelong sports fan, he was one of the founders of the Bree Athletic Club in May 1970, which recently celebrated half a century of sporting success.
Tony, from Ballinavarry in the parish near Davidstown, was among the first residents of a new 10-unit County Council housing estate in Knocknagros, Bree, with his late wife Mary and their seven children. It was around the same time that the Bree Community Center opened in 1969. His wife, Mary, died 18 years ago.
An artist by trade, Tony had many local connections through his work, including Silas Byrne in Clonmore, Paddy Byrne in Corlican and Chivers in Enniscorthy. He was also a patron of the Bree Community Center for many years.
Sports played a big role in Tony's life; In 1953 he won the county junior championship with Kyme and in May 1970 he founded Bree Athletic Club.
He was treasurer for several years and was present when the club registered with the BLE (Bord Luthchleas na h-Éireann) at a meeting held in the defunct railway hotel in Templeshannon, Enniscorthy.
As a teenager he played goal for Davidstown-Courtnacuddy GAA Club and his interest in sport led to a lighter lifestyle at Brea Billiards Club. He also followed GAA and horse racing.
Tony and his family are well known and respected in the community and the news of his death was received with great pain and loss.
His funeral service was conducted by the Reverend Michael Byrne at the Church of the Ascension, Brie, in front of a large congregation. Burial was in Davidstown Cemetery.
Members of the Brie Athletic Club formed a guard of honor at the funeral.
Tony was the husband of the late Mary and beloved father of Willie, James, Brady, Lizzie, Anthony, Mary and Patsy. She is greatly missed by sons, daughters, sons-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, relatives and friends. TEAR