OLD PALS The late Ray Kennedy at a function in Westport in 2009 with his great friend, Martin Curry, who died just under a fortnight ago.
Renowned cyclist and musician dies in Dublin
THE death has taken place in Dublin of well-known Westport native, Ray Kennedy, a renowned musician and cyclist.
Ray, a native of Mill Street, has lived in Dublin since the 1960s but was a very frequent visitor to his beloved native town, and he had planned to visit again this autumn. He had been ill for some time, but his death in the end was sudden for his family and friends. His passing also comes less than a fortnight after the death of one of his great Westport friends, Martin Curry, former editor of The Mayo News.
As Connaught cycling champion, Ray rode in the Rás Tailteann race with the Mayo team between 1959 and 1961, before moving to live and work in Dublin with Aer Lingus. He also performed on the cabaret circuit for three decades, including Doyle’s Irish Cabaret in the Burlington Hotel and made many TV appearances, guesting on the Late Late Show and other programmes.
He is mourned by his loving wife, Joanne Kennedy, and their three children, Ray (of RTÉ), Gordon and Emma. His funeral arrangements are expected to be announced later today.