Castleknock College Union

Henry Wall, class '54

In Memoriam

Aug 23, 2016
Henry Wall, class '54 -


The Union is saddened to hear of the passing of Henry Wall, class '54.

The death has occurred of Henry WALL
Crookstown, Cork

Wall (Crookstown). On August, 23, 2016, Henry (M.R.C.V.S), peacefully at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, after a long illness bravely borne, much loved husband of Déirdre and father of Edmond, Billy, Róisín, Fionnuala and Gráinne and brother of Ann. Deeply regretted by his family, sister, daughter-in-law Sharon, sons-in-law Liam, Dara and Ted, grandchildren Peter, Natasha, Ronan, Alice, Jack, Alan and Leo, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Reposing in Fitz-Gerald's Funeral Home, Macroom, from 6pm Thursday with removal at 8pm to St. Joseph’s Church, Cloughduv. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11.30am. Funeral afterwards to Moviddy Cemetery, Crookstown. Donations, if desired, to Marymount.

Carpe Diem

Date Published: Wednesday 24th August 2016

Date of Death: Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Henry was an all-rounder for in each of his six years at Knock, he treaded the boards in the Gilbert & Sullivan productions the College then staged, and featured prominently in Debating Society notes and academic prize lists, but all this played second fiddle to sport. He was a great tennis player and even better at rugby.

The 1950-51 JCT report that “T. Crotty and H. Wall played themselves to a standstill” in dispatching Belvedere 3 - 0 but only after the first two games had ended in scoreless draws. That fixture load didn't help when just two days later they lost the second round 0 - 3 to CUS. Henry was also to the fore for the 1953-54 SCT but here Belvedere had their revenge, winning the semi-final 0 - 11.

Whilst studying veterinary at UCD his rugby career blossomed in what was a purple patch for that club. He was elected captain in 1959-60 season and again the following year for the 1960-61 Golden Jubilee season. He was also on the 1964-65 Irish Universities team (past and present) which was the first to defeat South African opposition. It was no surprise then when he was nominated for the UCD Team of the Century 1910-2010. Henry on graduation returned to practice in his native Cork so was playing for Dolphin RFC when he gained his two Irish caps at no.8 - both away fixtures against Scotland and Wales.

When he eventually hung up the boots, the outdoor life continued unabated, as apart from the golf he was a dab hand at shooting, hunting and fishing.

Henry married Déirdre Bannan, a sister of the Durrow trio at knock (Enda, class '60; Eamonn, class '65 and Liam, class '67). The union was blessed with five children, daughters; Róisín, Fionnuala and Gráinne and two sons who followed Henry to Knock: Edmond, class '82 and Billy, class '84.

To them and to his many friends, we extend our deepest sympathies.

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