Kevin Doyle

By | December 4, 2007

I’ve criticised families before when the dead sons are coyly described as being “the life and soul of the party” and no reference made to the circumstances of the death.

So I have to commend Doyle’s family for issuing a truly brave and honest statement tonight. These are good people. We need more like them.

“The family of Mr Doyle said they were devastated by the death and urged people not to take potentially deadly substances.

“Kevin will always have a special place in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers – not only because of his untimely death but also because of the heroic manner in which he overcame life-threatening cancer,” they said in a statement.

“He was a dearly loved son, brother and grandson and he will be sorely missed.”

The family said Mr Doyle had a wonderful life ahead of him which he had only just had the opportunity to pursue after his brave battle with cancer.

“We sincerely hope that no family has to suffer the pain and anguish that we are going through,” they said.

“We would earnestly ask all those – both young and old – who may be tempted to dabble in potentially lethal substances to simply say no. No amount of so-called fun is worth the loss of life that so often befalls young people in Ireland today.”

23 thoughts on “Kevin Doyle

  1. Tom N

    I know I will get flack for saying this but eventually someone is going to have to take responsibility for their own actions with regards to the cocaine blizzard. Yes it’s a tragedy that the kid died…but he was not a kid, he was 21.

    People blame pushers, gardai, politicians, schools, the celtic tiger, the deterioration of family life, work pressure, etc. About time the users start taking responsibility for their own actions.

  2. Sarah Post author

    Yeah but the statement doesn’t do any of those things. They do put the responsibility on the user.

  3. Ed

    I just watched Prime Time about the cocaine problem in Ireland and the death of Kevin Doyle. At the end of the piece the presenter said “our thoughts are with the families of Kevin Doyle…and Katy French”. This implies her illness is cocaine related, or was it a slip of the tongue?

  4. Rob Hickey

    Yeah – I noticed that too. What is that all about? Miriam O’Callaghan said as if it had been confirmed.

  5. Tomaltach

    Tom N,
    I think you have a good point about taking responsibility. While more needs to be done to tackle drug smuggling and the criminal rings around it, I think the demand side needs far more action.
    We see in relation to alcohol, tough new adds linking drink to road deaths. In parallel there’s the move on random breath testing etc. There should be equally shocking adds showing how your line of coke is funding the scum that are in perpetual gangland warfare. Each line of coke in some small way leads to those deaths, innocent and otherwise. Further, I personally think that the gardaí need to be hitting house parties and venues in towns and cities. And really hitting the guys who are using it. At the moment it is rife and users know they are taking no legal risk.

  6. Sarah Post author

    My jaw dropped when I saw what Miriam did. It was very sly. She said “We are not talking about Katy French tonight and our thoughts are with her family, but really, cocaine is desperate isn’t it?” (paraphrased 😉 ). In other words, telling everyone that cocaine was the cause of her illness. It hasn’t been confirmed at all though the rumour mill is rife. But does Prime Time depend on rumour? It was obviously a major editorial decision to say it like that. She didn’t say it off the top off her head. Maybe its the truth, but………

  7. Tomaltach

    There was absolutely no need for Prime Time to mention Katy French at all. And that sort of sly remark should be beneath the public service broadcaster. But we know what RTE is like.

    Having said all of that. French herself can hardly complain. She craves publicity and is a self-confessed coke head.

  8. Sarah Post author

    Em, well, she confessed first that she never touched the stuff and then that she used to but no longer does. But according to Roisin Ingle in the IT today she was pretty upset by harsh criticism she was getting in the meeja and online. People do go over the top, but she invited, begged, the public to get involved in her private life. She should’ve been prepared for the inevitable backlash.
    I got the hair done today and yer man was telling me that Dublin is so rife with coke that one bar took to smearing vaseline on the toilet cisterns so people couldn’t do lines on it. So it looks like Justine D-W was closer to the mark than I was giving her credit it for.
    For future commenters, can we go easy on Katy? The family will be reading stuff. Miriam pulled a stunt last night and lets not lower ourselves…

  9. Gerry

    how it is topical that people are taking cocaine. Ireland – just like everywhere else. I can’t see the story here. And who the hell is KAty French?

  10. Gerry

    “vaseline on the cisterns’ – you sound like my Ma Sarah.

  11. Sarah Post author

    hmmmm Anne-Marie Hourihan follows up in a thoughtful column in the IT today – it appears they are taking the line that the criticism French got was unfair…

    “In Ireland, the pin-up girl is left with promotional work and the odd pose in the newspapers. For a young woman this might be imagined to be enough, and Katy French has always been game. “I love my work,” she told a journalist earlier this year. “I am fascinated by the media.” Katy French inhabits a new female world which has not been properly observed or recorded by the broadsheet press. This new female world is not simply characterised by a year-round tan and a fondness for limousines. Armed only with the advice given by her mother – “just be honest” – Katy meets the media entirely undefended. As a toiler at the lower end of the public relations food chain, it never seems to have occurred to her why the executives at the top of the food chain might be paid vast salaries to handle the press.

    Thus, on being asked which luxury she would bring to RTÉ’s reality show Celebrities Go Wild, Katy joked that she might bring her vibrator. In the end – and this says a lot – she brought mascara instead. She was the first celebrity to be voted out of Celebrities Go Wild. She believed – probably rightly – that she was voted out because of her forcefully articulated views on abortion. Not every Irish girl of Katy French’s age is a pin-up girl – although an awful lot of them dress that way. This is the pleasure generation, with Paris Hilton as its role model, a commercial company paying for the tequila at birthday parties and such a blind belief in fame that it does not yet have the cynicism to do what the grown-ups do, and lie. Katy French is a real person, beloved by her family for whom this latest drama is all too real. We hope that she makes a full recovery from her illness. She deserves better”

    I don’t know if I like where this is going. I hope there’s going to be no public outrage at people who were mean to Katy. She didn’t deserve to end up in a hospital bed fighting for her life, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t deserve criticism for exposing her private life in order to promote her chosen job.

  12. Tom N

    Just heard on Today FM that “she passed away”.

    I always relished in my schadenfreude seeing Sunday Independent types get their comeuppence. However even I did not want to see her or Kevin Doyle or anyone die.

    Fair point that Kevin Doyle’s family did not blame anyone else. However I had the pleasure of seeing some of those self contained celebrity types in the Shelbourne a couple of weeks back and openess and brazeness with which they talk about doing coke is unbelieveable.

    Justine Delaney Wilson was spot on. She just put down on paper and celluloid what a night in fancy pub in Dublin would already confirm.

  13. Sarah Post author

    Jaysus. This changes the ball game completely. Firstly, you are right – Justine is off the hook. Secondly, how will this affect that rubbishy set? Will her colleagues change their ways or simply use this dreadful tragedy as they have everything else – for their own relentless self-promotion? Let’s hope that the French’s follow the example of the Doyle’s. Standby for the backlash…..

  14. P O'Neill

    Reading between the lines, she was never conscious after the party. “passed away” = prognosis of zero chance of recovery, so life support removed. I might not be cynical enough but I think this one will actually scare people. 24 is very young to be suddenly gone.

  15. Sarah Post author

    I think so. People are used to drug related deaths of “unimportant” marignalised young men. This is will have an enormous impact. It’s shocking, even though we were expecting her death for the past few days. I guarantee the SINDO will have a go at the critics even though they are the ones who relentlessly drive the creation of these personalities in the first place.

  16. Gerry

    scare people into doing what? stop taking cocaine? highly likely as i i’m not sure there’s been a high profile death from drugs before. Now that’s there has been one I would say people will change their ways.

    It’s getting a bit weird this blog.

  17. Sarah Post author

    its been weird for a long time…;-)
    sigh, I guess we’d better open a Katy post….

  18. Justin Mason

    btw, all this furore about “sure Ireland’s full of coke these days” drives me up the wall.

    Sure, if you go to Cafe En Seine or one of the other horrible Dawson St nitespots frequented by C-listers and hairdressers, I’m sure there’s plenty. but the “High Society” line that it’s all over the country? I doubt it…

    In the past year, I haven’t seen any hint of anyone doing it — aside from long queues for the cubicles at one dance gig I went to, and that has always been the way since about 1995.

  19. Gerry

    I mean it’s getting weird in that it’s sounding more like the letters page from Ireland’s Own every day. Sure it’s sad when anyone young dies but it has zero wider impact after a week. people will go back to doing what they do, including taking coke every once in a while and where’s the problem? I will admit to a certain discomfort with the trade itself of course, but apart from that… it’s a part of life. It does appear from what you read at least to be becoming a bit more mainstream in Ireland but that’s fairly inevitable isn’t it?

    there just isn’t anything to get excited about.

  20. Sarah Post author

    :-) true I suppose.
    I think we appear to be divided..there are those who are in coke circles who see it everywhere, and those of us down the cul-de-sac who are bewildered and have no way of figuring out what the true extent of the problem is.
    I suppose Dublin just turned into NY for a few years (em, well, not really, but you know what I mean…;-) )

  21. Clare

    I am an 18year old and live in waterford and know cocaine users my own age! People my age are well aware off the consequences when they take the drug and it still doesnt seem to be making a diiference. Some of these people have lost close friends and family and dont have the cop on to stop. I also found it interesting that following the death of john grey and kevin doyle there wasnt nearly the amount of concern for the drug as there was when we hear of celebs dieing….whats the difference we all know that nearly every celebrity has tried it and alot are everyday users! why dont tho cops start targeting them more after all they are ROLE MODELS!

  22. Joc

    I don’t know if anyone still checks up on this but kevin was a very good friend of mine, he was my fiances best friend, since they were in primary school.
    It is a tradgedy that he died, and he definitely didn’t deserveto die. He just got over cancer, and he was dragged along to a party he didnt even want to go to with his other friends. He wanted to go home. Isnt it strnage how, if he had gone home, and only john grey had died, that he wud be sitting here saying “that could have been me” but i dont think it would have hit him. It wouldnt have hit me anyway.
    Of course he has to take responsabliity for his own actions, no one else can. But he has paid with his life. I use to take coke alot, and i know exactly what it is, what it does and how that lifestyle is. Its not the worst mind you, until you get sucked into it. I have a son no, which is why i stopped taking drugs in the first place before kevin dies.
    The main reason peopl take drugs in this country…and im not speaking for everyone, but for myself and my own friends…..there was simply nothing to do when we were younger. Bit of fun……personally, it also cheered me up a bit, but i wasnt really a junkie….just fun as i said. Stay in all night with a big bag of coke….mmm….
    But now i have other things in my life to think about and i wudnt go near the stuff again…..I think thats what people need to realise that its a waste of time and as stupid as it is, it can take the people you love and for the unluckiest, never give them back.

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