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Kilkenny in mourning as “Mr Graignamanagh” passes away

Cllr Peter 'Chap' Cleere is among those leading tributes to Billy Hoare

Kilkenny’s today mourning the loss of a man known as ‘Mr Graignamanagh’.

Billy Hoare, a popular member of the town’s community, passed away yesterday.

Billy was a well-known hurler as well as a beloved postman and peace commissioner.

He helped to found the local credit union and was a much-loved family man, and a highly regarded GAA administrator.

Cllr Peter ‘Chap’ Cleere says he’ll be missed by many in the town.

“It’s a very sad day to see that Mr Graignamanagh, Billy Hoare, has passed away” he told KCLR News. “Billy was everything that’s great about a community. He immersed himself in absolutely everything. He was a brilliant man, a brilliant historian and a friend to all. Graignamanagh is a sadder place today after his passing.”

Billy’s funeral will take place privately tomorrow and can be viewed live here.