About Kieran Finlay

Kieran Finlay – from Ballybay Co Monaghan, Born October 22nd 1953- aged 58 when he died.
Family-Married to Ann and had four children, Kevin, Paul, Ciara and Laura. Worked for Legal Metrology Service (NSAI) for more than 20 years.

What many people will remember about Kieran is the positive manner in which he approached life and the challenges it presented. There was no such thing as ‘’cant do’’: whether it be fundraising, work related or personal. He approached things head on, and always managed to coax people into assisting or becoming involved. He was never one to be idle and enjoyed having projects to focus on and organize. He was a very sociable and out-going person who made friends easily, he could always be relied on to offer support whenever it was needed. He might even give words of advice even if you didn’t agree with him!

He displayed a great talent for Gaelic Football, playing with his club Ballybay at all levels and also enjoyed a long career playing for Monaghan. He achieved his greatest success with Ballybay when they won the Senior Football Championship in 1987. He was a member of the Monaghan team that won the Ulster Senior Football Championship in 1979, his performance against Donegal in the final was a most memorable occasion for him as he scored one goal and nine points, a record score in an Ulster final that wasn’t beaten for 20 years. He also represented Ulster in Railway cup matches and Compromise Rules.
Quote from a newspaper article – ‘’Kieran was legendary in GAA circles and was affectionately known as ‘’the Jap’’ the length and breath of the country, following his death local and  national newspapers paid glowing tributes to his outstanding talent as a footballer. He was a prominent member of Ballybay Golf Society and was Society Captain in 1999. He enjoyed the competitive edge of the game and achieved his goal of holding a single figure handicap.

Newspaper quote– ‘the Ballybay man was blessed with a lovely singing voice and will be fondly remembered for his signature tune ‘Will the Circle be Unbroken’. He was renowned for singing it on almost every social occasion. Other favorites included Red Rose Café and Sweet Caroline.

He was actively involved with the Ballybay Development Association and the Ballybay Community Crèche, he served as Director with both associations and always did his utmost to help out in any way he could. He was a major person for fundraising for charities and never refused a request for help in this regard. With his high profile he had many contacts and was never shy about asking for their support and involvement to raise funds for good causes.

Some charities he has raised funds for in the past include-Down syndrome Ireland, Crumlin Hospital for children, St Mary’s Nursing Home Castleblayney plus many more very worthy causes.

About the program

Our memorial fellowship program was set up at the request of families and friends of some of our patients who have lost their battle with blood disorders. The named fellowship will embody the spirit and outstanding courage these great characters displayed during the course of their blood cancer journey. Each of these individuals were committed to the need for ongoing active research into blood disorders. Their memory will live on as the human faces of our scientific fellowship programs.