On Sunday, 30 December 2018 at 12.30pm there will be a walk leaving from Aghada GAA pitch to celebrate the life of local man, Charlie McCarthy, whose 1st anniversary occurs on Christmas Eve. He was senselessly and tragically killed in Perth, Australia at just 32 years of age, leaving behind his wife Nicole, children Clara and Niall, six siblings, Karina, Daniel, Michelle, John, Sinéad and Síobhán and his parents, Charles and Margaret. Speaking with his family, they remember Charlie with hearts full of pride, “He was the most loving and genuine person, known for always smiling and having the most infectious laugh. He was generous to a fault and he kept giving, even after his death, as his organs were donated and have given the gift of life to many families, as his own was lost to ours.”
Charlie headed to Australia in February 2009 with two friends David O’Keeffe and Eoin O’ Donovan. He had done little travelling before making that long journey from the places around his local community in which he grew up, but with people from Aghada already in Perth and others who had followed out over the years, it soon became a place where he felt he could also call home. Charlie met and married an Australian girl named Nicole and together they settled into life in Perth where soon their home was joined by two beautiful children, Clara (5) and Niall (3). Charlie worked as a cable layer with Complete Cabling and found not only a great boss but an amazing friend in John Whelan. He was lucky with both a happy working and personal life. He was in constant contact with loved ones back in Aghada, and kept up to date with the local GAA news. His last trip home was in September 2016, and his family says it was “A wonderful visit filled with happy, fun memories for everyone.”
Friends and family from the surrounding communities in Aghada, Rostellan, Whitegate and further afield have been an overwhelming support to the McCarthy family following the sudden and heart-breaking loss of Charlie. On the 30th they will gather, walk, chat and reminisce to celebrate Charlie's life and the memories that life has left behind to comfort them through the challenges of their grief.
Refreshments will be served after the walk in the Aghada GAA Clubhouse. All are most welcome to attend.