JOE KINSLEY R.I.P.
The death occured recently of Joe Kinsley, a member of the squash club for many years and, indeed, one of the founder members when the club was opened back in the 1972-73 season. Born in 1928, Joe played squash into his 80s and was still playing doubles in tennis at Sunday's Well up to 3 years ago.
A glance at the past captains page will show that Joe was chairperson for the squash club in 1975-76. An acccompished squash player who played on many Highfield Squash League teams over the years he was also a qualified squash coach who brought some notable players through the Highfield ranks. Current club players Donal Coughlan, Cyril O'Mahony, Conchúr O'Sullivan, Dermot Ryan along with Laurence O'Donovan were all coached by Joe many years ago in their first league campaign and although they didn't win that league, they certainly enjoyed the experience.
Joe and his squash friends occasionally spent time in the bar in Highfield where all were in thrall to his easy companionship and sharp wit. From Little Audrey to Dan's party piece to "There was a young lass from Aberystwyth" we went home after such evenings hoping we could remember even half of his stories and jokes on the following morning. Being possessed of an encyclopedic knowledge of the old catechism if you ever needed to know "What else is forbidden by the Sixth Commandment" or "Is it a sin to be a member of a secret society" Joe was your man!
On one infamous occasion it is alleged that Helen, his wife of 61 years, queried why he was home so late from Highfield. Joe explained that he had been discussing squash with Tommy Kelly and the lads. Helen wondered how it could have taken so long as it was basically just "every second shot against the wall".
Joe is survived by his wife Helen, his daughters Susan and Liz and his son Brendan - who also played squash in Highfield. He will be missed and fondly remembered by his many friends among whom his Highfield Squash buddies are happy to be numbered.