Kevin Kirk

2 February 1938 - 16 April 2023

Kevin was born in Derryfalone Co. Louth on 2nd Feb 1938. He was the youngest of 9 children. His father was Hughie and his mother was Winnie. He attended the local school at Drumsinnot until he left at the age of 13, to help work on the farm with his father. Due to the economic situation in the 1950s, he followed his older brothers to England. There, he worked in various jobs including Goodyear Tyres in Watford, with his oldest brother Paddy. It was also during this time that he discovered his love of motorbikes, a love which carried on throughout his life, even in his 70s he could be seen driving his Blue Bandit 500 cc bike. After a few years in England, he decided to return to Ireland, a friend of his, Patsy Curran passed on his brothers details and told him to look him up when he got to Dublin. He did indeed call on John and Nora Curran and was invited to stay for the weekend,...It was nine years before they finally managed to get rid of him. Kevin had many stories to tell about his stay with the Curran family, in particular the pranks he would play on their young children. One in particular backfired on him when he convinced one of the young boys that he was good friends with the famous cowboy Cheyenne Bodie, Kevin was woken early one Saturday morning to find the street packed full of children from the local area wanting to meet the friend of Cheyenne Bodie and get his autograph. At weekends he would travel home to Louth where he played GAA for the local team Fane Rangers and it was after a match in 1965 where he met Marie McKeown while she handed out tea and sandwiches in her family home to some of the players of the team. One weekend in Pauls shop in Castlebellingham after a football match Kevin plucked up the courage to ask Marie out, he was a little panicked when she asked what car he'd be picking her up in because of course he only had a motorbike at the time. Fortunately, his brother Tom came to the rescue and lent him a car for the evening. Marie and Kevin got married in 1971 and lived in Leixlip. He bought a small lorry and whilst driving round on his deliveries he discovered Donadea, He fell in love with the local area as he was always a country man at heart. He bought the house in Derryvarrogue and had a great life until his passing. He always made sure there was a family holiday every year and as a family there were many happy memories growing up, spending summers in Brittas Bay in the caravan. Kevin made many friends during his time in Donadea, especially through his love of shooting and he joined the Derry Gun Club where he became an active member. He also organised and ran Clay Pigeon shooting and entered and won many trophies in the Leinster area. In his retirement, his great love was his grandchildren, he enjoyed telling them tall tales and bringing them for walks around the Bog and Forestry like he did with his children when they were young. During his funeral and while reading the messages that were sent to the family one word that was always mentioned " Gentleman". He was a gentleman and what a way to be remembered. We as a family would like to thank everyone that sent cards, messages , called during his funeral and after. The wonderful neighbours that assisted us at his funeral and who still assist us during our time of grief. To our extended family thank you for sharing your memories of Kevin. Finally thank you to Kevin for leaving us all with lovely memories.

About Kevin Kirk

birthLocation:Derryfalone, Co Louth

deathLocation:Connolly Memorial Hospital. Blanchardstown.

memorialLocation:Derryvarrogue. Donadea.

hometown:Derryvarrogue, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare.

parents:Hugh & Winnie Kirk

siblings:Paddy, John, Hughie, James , Fr Gene, Tom, Maura & Winnie (Str Ita)

maritalStatus:Married 25th September 1971.

spouse:Marie McKeown

children:Shane 1972 & Sinéad 1975

grandChildren:Lauren, Rebecca, Ciaran, Ciara, Ruaidhri & Ruby

occupation:Lorry Driver

accomplishments:Played for Louth GAA

hobbies:Claybird Shooting. Walks & Motorbikes.

favouriteColour:Blue check shirts




favouriteBook:The Star Newspaper

favouriteMusicGenre:Country music

favouriteHolidayDestination:Killarney Co Kerry

Kevin Kirk's Memorial Stories

Poem for Kevin

For Kevin Deep in my heart, the Derryvarrogue Bog The love of field and bog, of our green shaded lane, Of woods and hunting, always run...