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RIP Funeral for Storm Eunice victim Billy Kinsella to take place this week

William “Billy” Kinsella (59) was clearing trees when another came down in the strong winds, fatally injuring him.

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William 'Billy' Kinsella

William 'Billy' Kinsella

William 'Billy' Kinsella

A council worker who died while clearing debris caused by Storm Eunice last week will be laid to rest this Wednesday.

William “Billy” Kinsella (59) was clearing trees when another came down in the strong winds, fatally injuring him.

The incident occurred late Friday morning in the Ballythomas area of Wexford, close to the Wicklow border.

Mr Kinsella is survived by his wife Rita, son Conor, and siblings Patrick, Elizabeth, Shay, Sean, and Aileen.

He will repose at his home in Ballythomas Hill, Gorey in Wexford on Tuesday, 22nd February, from 4pm until 8pm.

A funeral service will take place the following day, Wednesday 23rd February, at 3pm in The Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Ballyfad followed by a burial in the adjoining cemetery.

A notice on RIP.ie reads: “The death has occurred of Billy (William) Kinsella following an accident on the 18th February, 2022.

“Beloved husband of Rita and loving father of Conor, son of the late Paddy and Bridie, brother of Patrick, Elizabeth, Shay, Sean and Aileen.

“Deeply regretted by his loving wife and son, his brothers and sisters, aunts, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, grandnephews, grandnieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours, work colleagues and friends. May he rest in peace.

“Reposing at his home on Tuesday, 22nd February, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral arriving to The Church of Our Lady of the Nativity, Ballyfad, on Wednesday, 23rd February, for Funeral Mass at 3 p.m. followed by Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

“The family very much appreciate your support and co-operation during this very sad and difficult time.”

Tributes have flown in online for “brave” Billy over the past few days, with loved ones remembering the council worker as a “true gentleman”.

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Writing on RIP.ie, a former colleague said: “Condolences to all the Kinsella family and friends, it was a pleasure to have worked with Billy, a true gentleman in every way, rest in peace Billy.”

Another colleague wrote: “Shocked and saddened to lose a work mate doing his work, a gentle giant. My deepest sympathy to Rita and Connor, who he was so proud of. May Billy rest in peace.”

Someone else said: “Rita, I’m so sorry for you with this sudden and shocking loss for both you and Conor. May you find consolation in the days and months ahead. A brave man doing a hazardous job.”

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