I was very sorry to learn this morning of the death of the Reverend Noel Agnew.
He was the chaplain for the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland. He was a well known, highly respected and loved figure in the local community. Noel was a big football fan, and followed Burnley F.C.
On Friday 11th September, the retired Minister had a heart attack following practice for the Cookstown 100 motorcycle races. He died on the 30th September.
It was only a few months ago, on the 28th May 2020, that Noel had left a comment on this website. On my page on Tamlaght’s long-serving preacher, the Reverend Rainey, I had written that the preacher was 60 years at Tamlaght. But Noel updated the page, by adding:
He wasn’t too happy about that and banned anyone from the Presbytery from taking part in his funeral. I remember it well – Norman McAuley and Alistair Dunlop presided at the service in Union Road, Magherafelt.
I could tell you so many stories about that man if you’re interested in knowing more.
We subsequently spoke briefly in email and established contact via messenger. He was also subscribed to One Irish Rover. He emailed me one day saying: “William, had a great time this afternoon reminiscing about ‘John Joe’ with 2 friends. He was a legend.”
Sadly, he never did get around to telling me all those old stories of the life and times of the Reverend Rainey and the local area. RIP Noel.
Many thanks to Iris Service for alerting me to the tribute service which was posted on youtube. See below.