By Dan Walsh
The world of GAA is mourning one of its greatest stalwarts as a player, official and mentor, Willie Carley, a native of Wexford town who grew up and lived at Lambstown, Killurin, who sadly passed away on Monday.
Leading the tributes is Wexford GAA who recorded on social media its sympathy to the Carley family on the sad passing of Willie: “A Wexford All-Ireland Minor Hurling winner in 1963, a former St Mary’s Maudlintown player, former Wexford GAA Coaching Officer, member of Leinster GAA Council, a Wexford senior hurling selector, a county senior hurling title winner with his beloved Faythe Harriers and steering Glynn-Barntown as senior hurling manager to county finals and mentor on several county under-age teams, A good friend to everyone connected to Wexford GAA and a true Gael. R.I.P.
In the book, Gallant boys and girls of Glynn Barntown- 1885 to 2010 – marking the 125th anniversary of the club, compiled by Jim McGovern and John Wickham, Willie said the GAA had been “a way of life for him.”
Willie played in the Wexford town street league’s and captained Wexford CBS to victory in the schools’ championship. His greatest memories were playing on the victorious 1963 All-Ireland minor team and later in his career to play with two of his greatest heroes – Ned Wheeler in the 1968 county senior hurling final and Billy Rackard in the 1967 Leinster Intermediate Hurling Final against Dublin.
His six sons all played GAA as did his grandsons and grand-daughter, achievements that made him so proud and had a huge effect on his life. He added; “my family because of their involvement in the GAA married into GAA families and the tradition goes on.”
Willie was a very kind and well-liked person whose passion for the GAA and his family were paramount and his contribution to making the world a better place will be forever recalled in Maudlintown and Glynn-Barntown.
FAMILY NOTICE; The death has occurred of Willie Carley, formerly of Maudlintown, Wexford town and Lambstown, Killurin. Beloved husband of Catherine loving father of Angela, Shane, William, PJ, Mark, Paul, and Paschal and brother of Francis, Richard and the late Thomas, Theresa and Mary. Sadly missed by his loving wife, daughter, sons, sisters in law, brother in law, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. R.I.P.
Due to government guidelines, a family funeral will take place on Wednesday for (max) 50 people, and you are welcome to view Willie’s Requiem Mass on www.wexfordparish.com at 12 noon at Bride Street Church, Wexford, walking to church on Wednesday morning at 11.30am. Burial will take place afterwards in Glynn Cemetery.