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Cathal N. Young (6th January 1935 - 23rd January 2015)

Notice dated 25th January 2015

Cathal Noel Young passed away after his 80th birthday in Blackrock Clinic beside his Alma Mater. Born in January 1935 on Ashe Street (formerly Wesley Street) in Cavan Town. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Anne, his five children and thirteen grandchildren.
Cathal was educated by the De La Salle brothers in Cavan before entering Blackrock College. He subsequently attended UCD to study Engineering before embarking on a career in law.

Cathal obtained an apprenticeship in Ballyconnell from Thomas P. O'Reilly. T.P. was a well-known former footballer and chairman of the Cavan County Board. T.P. would eventually be appointed as a District Court Judge and his son would go on to become a partner of Cathal in 1976. Cathal commence his professional career in Herman Goode's office (later to become Herman Goode, Wine, Stokes and Jay) on Dawson Street. The firm was the busiest criminal law practice in the country and a wonderful learning experience for a young lawyer. Amazingly, all of the partners in this firm would go on to become judges as well. He worked mainly in criminal law before going on to set up his own general practice in the 1960s.

Cathal practised as a solicitor for nearly 50 years and worked tirelessly for his clients. He was a man renowned for practical advice and he was blessed with wonderful staff. His retirement allowed him to devout more time to the golf course. He embraced retired as he was incapable being bored. He would always find something to keep him occupied. Cathal was a ferocious reader, was passionate about politics and loved sport.

He was the son of Thomas (Tommy) and Rose Young. Tommy was a successful Cavan publican who trained in Dublin. Tommy was a former captain of the Cavan Gaelic Football Team and Cathal was proud to follow in his footsteps in wearing the royal blue of Cavan (but dismissed his intercounty experience as "just a few gallops"). He devoted much of his spare time to the Cavan Gaels Club from the date of foundation to his very last day. His affection for U.C.D. never diminished and he remained actively involved in U.C.D. Gaelic Football Club until his passing. Cathal was one of only four men to be on both the first Cavan Gaels Team to win the League and Championship. He never forgot his roots despite coming to Dublin at a young age. He soldered his way to Breffni Park to witness another County Championship a few months before his death. He would prove to be his last visit to his home town. One of his proudest moments was winning a Sigerson Cup Medal in 1958.


He is survived by his wife Anne, his five children (Sharon, Aisling Fergal, Orla and Cathal) and thirteen grandchildren (Síobhra, Sean, Alex, Karl, Anna, Caoimhe, Cian, Conor, Eoghan, Jessica, Liam, Ross and Robbie).  He would describe himself as "the last of the Mohicans" and he has sadly fallen.

Funeral Notice:-

Peacefully in Blackrock Clinic with great dignity and courage after a long illness. Beloved husband of Anne, much loved father of Sharon (Quinlan), Aisling (Dargan), Fergal, Orla (Dunne) and Cathal (C.B.), beloved brother of the late Anthony and Michael. He will be very sadly missed by his wife, children, sons and daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended relatives, everyone at Cathal N. Young, O’Reilly & Co., and friends especially his sporting comrades at Cavan Gaels, U.C.D., Civil Service G.F.C. and Woodbrook G.C.

May He Rest in Peace.

Reposing at Carnegies Funeral Home, Monkstown, on Monday 26th Jan, from 2pm to 4pm with removal to Our Lady of Perpetual Succour Church, Foxrock, arriving at 5pm. Funeral Mass at 11.30am on Tuesday (27th Jan) followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Irish Cancer Society.

Date Published: Sunday 25th January 2015
Date of Death: Friday 23rd January 2015