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Dr. Larry Doyle, 1886 - 1958.

In Memory

Nationalist and Leinster Times.

June 28th 1958. (front page).

Death of Dr. Laurence Doyle.

"Old Doctor Doyle is dead"

This phrase echoed and re-echoed through Carlow on Monday and everywhere it was greeted with the same stunned sorrow.

Old Doctor Doyle -- that description had been his for many years, not because of age but rather to distinguish him from his son, Dr. Brendan Doyle, who also entered the medical profession in Carlow.

Dr. Doyle was an integral part of Carlow life.

He was regarded with affection by hundreds of people because he had shared with them the great moments of birth and death.

A born doctor, and a brilliant one, he retained a fresh and un-waning interest in his profession up to a retirement which was forced on him by ill health.

To the poor he was counsellor as well as physician ; he fought their battles and gave them experienced advice.

Occasionally he could be harsh but always it was for the patient's good --to bring them to their senses, to make them realise that it was time to act.

The late Dr. Doyle's sense of humour and warm hospitality are legendary and there are few in Carlow who cannot relate with pleasure some encounter with him.

A fitting tribute to a life given willingly and cheerfully to the care of the sick was his funeral which arrived from Dublin on Tuesday night.

Lining the route were hundreds of local people, many wheeling prams or leading toddlers by the hand. They came to pay their last respects to the Doctor and not even the torrential downpour could move them away, for they knew they had lost a friend. (see obituary, page 10).

Late Dr. L. Doyle.

Widespread sympathy was felt at the announcement of the death on Monday of Dr. Laurence Doyle, Dublin Street, Carlow. A native of Tullow where he was born in 1886, he had spent forty-five years in Carlow.

Educated at the monastery Schools, Tullow, at Knockbeg College and later at the University College, Dublin, he qualified in 1911.

He became a House Surgeon in the Mater Hospital and afterwards did a post graduate course in the Coombe Hospital and Crooksling Sanatorium.

The late Dr. Doyle came to Borris as Medical Officer and after a short period arrived in Carlow where he was dispensary doctor for forty-five years.

He was appointed County Coroner about twenty-five years ago and was Medical Officer to Carlow Fever Hospital from 1933 until his death. He was Medical Officer to the Carlow Branch of the Irish National Foresters for forty-five years and was Chairman of Carlow County Council Health Committee.

The late Dr. Doyle was essentially a man of intellectual pursuits.

A devoted sympathiser with the Republican Movement, he was closely associated with many of the leaders of the day. He was a personal friend of Kevin O' Higgins, William Cosgrave and Gearoid O' Sullivan, they often visited him at Carlow.

The late Dr. Doyle had a life-long association with Carlow Golf Club of which he was President at the time of his death. His hospitality to visiting golfers was well-known, and when the Club was in its infancy, this aspect of his character did much to develop its prestige.

The late Dr. Doyle was keenly interested in Carlow Rugby Club having played with Bective in his youth, with whom he toured in France.

The remains were brought from Dublin to the Cathedral of the Assumption on Tuesday night, and very rarely has such a large cortege been seen in the town. The remains were received at the Cathedral by Rt. Rev. Msgr. J. Conway, P.P., V.G.

On Wednesday, following Office and Requiem Mass, internment took place in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Prayers at the graveside were said by Very Rev. M. Coughlan, Adm., and Very Rev. P.J. Doyle, P.P. (brother), Naas.

The attendance included: Mr. W.T. Cosgrave; Mr. J. A. Costello, S.C. T.D.; General P. Mulcahy, T.D.; Mr. Liam Cosgrave, T.D.; Mr. J. Hughes, T.D. ; Dr. F. Humphries, T.D. ; Senator S. Hayes; Senator H. Barniville; Judge J.C. Conroy.

Also present were representatives of all local bodies, industrial and business concerns, medical and legal professions, and sporting associations.

The Pigs and Bacon Commission was represented by Mr. C. Hendrick and Mr. M. McDonald represented Buttles Barley Fed Bacon Company.

Chief mourners:- Mrs. Christine Doyle (widow); Brendan Doyle and Coleman Doyle (sons) ; Mrs. M. Power, Rathmines and Mrs. B. Daly, Ballinrobe (daughters); Very Rev. P.J. Doyle , P.P., Naas (brother).

Council's Tribute.

Carlow Urban Council on Tuesday night passed a vote of sympathy with the widow and family of the late Dr. L. Doyle.

Mr. Patrick Governey, Chairman, proposing the vote, said it was a source of regret to him that the doctor's death had come so shortly after his retirement before the Council could pay him the tribute he deserved.

"No words of mine", he said, "could ever describe his loss".

Mr. Ray McDonnell, said that Dr. Doyle had been a family friend to everyone in the Urban area and outside it.

Capt. P. Shevlin spoke of Dr. Doyle's consideration for the poor and said that during the Fight for Independence, Dr. Doyle had often gone to the mountains to care for Republicans, who needed his aid.

Mr. John Prendegast, Mr. John O' Brien, Mr. John Alcock, and Mr. John Callinan also joined in the tribute. Mr. J. Boland, Acting County Manager, associated himself with the vote on behalf of the staffs of Carlow Urban and County Councils.


His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr. Keogh, Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin, presided at Solemn Office in the Cathedral of the Assumption on Wednesday and celebrated Pontifical Requiem Mass.

Rt. Rev. Msgr. Miller, P.P., V.F., Newbridge, assisted at the throne. Deacon was Rev. Gregory Brophy, C.F. Curragh Camp ; Sub-deacon, Rev. L. Newman, C.C., Naas ; and Master of Ceremonies, Rev. Con. Crowley, C.C.

Forty-four priests are named as being in the Choir.

[Note added 2010. A Plaque erected in 1958 on Graigue Bridge reads:

To The Memory of

Doctor Laurence Doyle, Dispensary Doctor

1913 -- 1958.

R. I. P.

A Token Of Grateful Remembrance

Of The People Of Carlow And Graiguecullen.


Dr. Larry Doyle, 1886 - 1958.

I can remember the car he drove around in, it was black shiny with pointed corners on it don't know what it was called. I have just remembered it was a Triumph Mayflower. 



Source:  Michael Purcell c.2011
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