“There is enormous shock in the area,” explained Fr Gerard Brady PP following the sudden and unexpected death of 42-years-old Peter Hopkins on Wednesday of this week.
Late of Newtowncashel, Peter resided at Leixlip, Co Kildare with his wife Bridget and their two children Amy and James.
Fr Brady said Peter was very well liked and well known and that he settled seamlessly into marriage and fatherhood.
Working as a building contractor at Intel, Peter took ill suddenly on Wednesday and was transferred to the A&E Department at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown where he passed to his eternal reward.
“He was in the fullness of health, there was no underlying warning and the news came as an enormous shock. Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his family,” said Fr Brady.
Peter played underage football with Cashel and although he resided in Leixlip, he kept a close eye on the fortunes of his native GAA club.
He was a frequent visitor to Newtowncashel where he had a large circle of friends.
Peter was also a very skilled builder and a number of years ago he spent some time working in Australia.
Peter lay in repose at his home in Leixlip yesterday evening and he is reposing at his parent’s home in Drumnee, Newtowncashel, Co Longford this evening (Friday, June 13) from 6pm.
Funeral takes place on Saturday afternoon after 4pm mass in St Mary’s Church, Newtowncashel, followed by burial at Saints Island Cemetery.
Sympathy is extended to his wife Bridget, daughter Amy and son James, his mam Carmel and dad Seán, brother John, sister Marie, mother-in-law Josie, father-in-law James, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, aunts, uncle, cousins, relatives and many friends.