The town of Stradbally was in mourning over the weekend after the death of Michael McEvoy on Sunday morning, after a long illness.
Michael (26) was well known due to his football and rugby success, having played for both Stradbally and Portlaoise RFC. He represented both with distinction in what was unfortunately a sporting career cut tragically short.
With Stradbally, he won medals from U-12 all the way up to adult grade, at junior and senior level. In rugby, he was named Player of the Year twice in Portlaoise RFC, won a Gale Cup in 2005, and had just gone to play with AIL side Garryowen, in Limerick, when he was diagnosed.
Michael is survived by his parents JJ and Catherine, sister Frances, grandmother Frankie and girlfriend Bríd Ann. He is reposing at his parent’s home Brooklyn House, Ballinteskin, Stradbally. Removal on Wednesday, 22nd January, to the Sacred Heart Church, Stradbally, for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment afterwards in Oakvale Cemetery, Stradbally.
For a full obituary, see page 85 in this week’s sports section.