Liam Foley RIP

I have a story to tell. A story I’ve been meaning to tell for more than a year now. Many moons ago I posted the picture above. It was taken on August 28th, 2006 and posted shortly afterwards. Just over a year later Sinead Foley, niece of the man pictured above contacted me. His name was Liam Foley, and unfortunately he passed away 2 months after this photo was taken.

I was shocked at the news, but also so glad that I had this photo of her uncle; he’s relaxed, himself, enjoying a cigarette. I emailed Sinead, giving her the image to print and asked her to tell me about her uncle:

Many thanks for sending that on, it’ll be lovely to give the family.
His name was Liam Foley and he drank there and the Capwell S&S Pub in
Douglas Street. He passed away on November 1st 2006 (just 2 months
after the picture was taken) and he wasn’t sick at the time the photo
was taken. He fell ill just 5 days before he died. It was a friend of
the families that noticed this picture while surfing the Net. No he
didn’t know his photo was on the Net, something tells me he probably
didn’t know what the internet was.

Uncle Liam was 69 years of age.

May he rest in peace.




  1. Reply
    red mum February 9, 2009

    God I got shivers and all emotional with this post. I am delighted as well the family got the pic, its a fantastic portrait and thanks for sharing that.

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    Grannymar February 9, 2009

    RIP Liam!

    Lovely story Donncha.

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    Pete February 10, 2009

    Great story Donncha, I’m glad that his family got such a great picture of him – it’ll look lovely in a nice frame

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    urbanghost February 11, 2009

    a touching story. he looked like a great guy to sip a pint with. r.i.p.

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    Liam Foley June 26, 2009

    What a great picture and story of my namesake, may he rest in peace.

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