Our friend Bosco is coming home

    Larger than life, the late Bosco Buckley

    By Jimmy Rhatigan

    A POPULAR son of our city who passed away recently in England is coming home to be laid to rest with his parents.

    Bosco Buckley, otherwise Martin John Don Bosco Buckley from Newpark had spent almost 30 years in England where he ran pubs in Luton and London, The Mother Redcap in Luton and The Neptune in the capital city.

    Bosco died in late February in Clacton-on-Sea near London, a week after he had celebrated his 80th birthday with members of his family who had travelled from Kilkenny.

    His ashes will be brought home in an urn to his native city for burial on June 2 after 10.30am Mass in St John’s Parish Church.

    There is an open invitation to friends to join the family in a final farewell to a man of great humour and wit.

    Bosco will be buried with his parents, Stephen and Anastatia Buckley, formerly of the Johnswell Road, at St Kieran’s Cemetery.

    He was one of a family of nine children, three boys and six girls.

    He went to school in Kilkenny CBS and then worked at different times in Crotty’s Bakery as a bread salesman, with Rentokill, he sold Gateau Cakes, had a vegetable van business and worked in Lambskins on the Kells Road as a salesman for fur coats.

    He loved to return home to Kilkenny for holidays where he inevitably met friends at Phelan’s Bar in Parliament Street. He had not been home for some time as he was in ill health for three years.

    He was cremated on April 3 in Wheelie, Clacton-on-Sea, following a church service in Clacton. All members of family from Kilkenny were at his final Requiem.

    A keen sportsman, Bosco played hurling for Eire Óg and Newpark Sarsfields, managed by one of the true gentleman of sport, the late Tommy Long, who, like Bosco, was a bread delivery salesman.

    With Newpark, Bosco won county junior honours in 1971. He played minor hurling for Kilkenny in 1956 and won Leinster honours.

    He played soccer for a short time with city club, Freebooters.

    His club before he retired from the game was the then Ye Faire Citie where he played on the same team as his son Eugene.

    Bosco is survived by his wife, five sons, two daughters, sisters, brothers, in-laws and grandchildren.