The Peninsula of Howth is all the sadder since the passing of Damien Coady. Brought up on Strand Road, the son of Pat and Collette, Damien took the water……well, literally as ducks do! On land, he had a mischievous presence, a warm word and a quick wit.
Maybe personifying his home and upbringing, he was a fearless sailor and plied his trade with the Howth 17 fleet for a number of years. Off the water, his exploits were legendary and his feat, skateboarding on top of the counter in the Summit Inn Pub embodied his spirit, his can-do attitude and assurance.
Living in Harbour View, Howth for a number of years, he was ever-present in the village, but maybe he was even more at home on water. Fittingly commemorated with the recent Paddle Out For Damo, he will always be remembered for who he was, a pleasant, plucky and courageous character, who provided colour to the lives of all who knew him.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
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