MARTIN PROUT – A MAN OF MANY GOOD DEEDS
The Village of Ringaskiddy and surrounding areas were trust into shock and deep sorrow when the news of Martin Prout’s untimely passing was announced. His loss is uncalculable.
A MAN OF MANY GOOD DEEDS
There was standing room only in the Church when Fr. Sean O’Sullivan presided at the Requiem Mass
for Martin. In his homily he alluded to the wonderful kindness and generosity that was the trade
mark of this decent Christian gentleman. So much of his life was in giving and doing good for others
with unfailing regularity. If you wanted help or something done, then Martin was the one to call. He
did not have the word “no” in his vocabulary. He treasured his family and grandchildren who all
relished their next visit to Grandad. He surely enriched the lives of so many people.
Martin was a long serving active member of the Club where he held many posts. He made huge
contributions at under age level and was associated with many successful teams. He was for many
years Vice-Chairman of the Club and played a significant role when the Club celebrated its centenary
year in 1998. The workload was enormous but Martin was always equal to any challenge. He saw
his own sons Peter and Michael come through the ranks to play at all levels including Carrigdhoun
and Cork. His wonderful daughter Deirdre was a very keen camogie and Ladies Footballer. Martin
was always very proud of them. He got his reward in giving and always endeavouring to make
things better for someone else. As his remains were carried from the Church draped in the
Shamrock colours, a guard of honour draw from young and old members stood in silence and in grief
bidding their final farewell. He was surely journeying to join his late beloved Helen in a better place.
Countless tributes poured in from many quarters as so many people and organisations tendered
their sympathies in this time of great sorrow. Former work colleagues, The National Schools of
Monkstown and Shanbally, the Local Community, the GAA and the Parish Council along with so
many others were lamenting his great loss. We were all privileged to know and befriend this noble
and man of good deeds.
We extend our heartfelt sympathy to Peter, Deirdre, Michael, his Grandchildren, brothers, sisters
and many other relatives and friends. May his reward be great.
Seán Ó Tuama