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'Stalwart' Tributes paid to retired Dublin firefighter and 'devoted dad' Noel Monaghan

What can I say about Noel that hundreds of people won't say? He was a really lovely and gentle man, always smiling and laughing, if you had or were having a bad day, meeting Noel and you forgot it"

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Noel Monaghan

Noel Monaghan

Noel Monaghan

Dozens of heartfelt messages have been left in honour of a popular former Dublin Fire Brigade member who passed away recently. 

Retired firefighter Noel Monaghan, who served between 1971 and 2009, was described as a “stalwart of C Watch” by colleagues in a moving tribute.

“It is with deep sadness that we learned of the death of Noel,” a post on the Dublin Fire Brigade’s Twitter account reads. “Our thoughts are with his family, particularly his sons Ken and Trevor, both serving members.”

On his death notice on RIP.ie, it says that Noel who lived in Kilmanagh, passed away peacefully on February 2, “in the wonderful care of the staff of the Coronary Care Unit at Tallaght University Hospital and in the presence of his loving family”.

The "beloved husband" of Phyllis was a "devoted dad" to his children Ken, Tanya, Trevor and Tracey He was predeceased by his parents, brother Brian and sister Joan.

A private funeral will held held for Noel in line with current Government guidelines regarding public gatherings.

Those who would like to join the service remotely by webcam can do so by going to https://churchmedia.tv/camera/st-kevins-church-kilnamanagh on Saturday at 10am.

In a Facebook post, friends and former colleagues remembered Noel as a “really lovely and gentle man”.

“It is with the greatest of sorrows that we say goodbye to retired firefighter, Noel Monaghan, ‘C’ Watch, Tara Street Headquarters, Dublin Fire Brigade. Rest in Peace,” one post reads.

“What can I say about Noel that hundreds of people won't say? He was a really lovely and gentle man, always smiling and laughing, if you had or were having a bad day, meeting Noel and you forgot it.

“Everyone gained something from him (whether) a recruit or a senior man. His travels, journeys, tales are notorious. Sleep tight Noel, your duty is done.”

It adds: “Rest in Peace - may you be in heaven a day before the Devil knows that you are gone - your old mate Buzzer.”

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Other messages of condolence have been written, including, “Worked with Noel in Tallaght, a true gent RIP,” and “RIP Noel. An absolute gentleman. Condolences to Phyllis and family.”

Another person who worked with Noel, said: “Saddened to hear about the passing of Noel Monaghan, I had the pleasure of serving with Noel in Rathmines back in the day, a great firefighter and friend, may he RIP. Condolences to his family at this sad time.”

Another added: “So sorry to hear about the sudden passing of Noel just talking to him and Ray Hurley while they were out for their regular walk 2 weeks ago.

“Worked with him in HQ when he was on light duties, but he couldn’t be beaten on the table tennis table in there either, one great guy to have a chat, may he rest in peace and condolences to his family and friends.”

Another added: “Sorry to hear the sad news of Noel's passing always loved to chat to him coming on or knocking off duty in Tara street.

"Thoughts and prayers with his sons Ken, Trevor, his brother Kevin and nephew John class 1/2002 and the rest of his family.”

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