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A noted Greystones resident for 24 years, Ballina-born Noel Corley has sadly passed.

Missed by loving wife, Jacky, daughters Katie, Georgina and Siobhán (as well as his grandchildren, and extended family), Noel’s funeral will be held in Luton, Bedfordshire this coming Thursday.

In the meantime, we asked the family to pen some words on the piano man they loved so well…

One of the legends of Greystones’ past moved on to a happier place on 7th November in Luton, UK. Noel Corley, who lived in Greystones from 1980 to 2004 with his wife Jacky and three girls, Katie, Georgina, and Siobhán, certainly left his mark. He’ll be greatly missed by his family and many, many friends, whose lives he touched around our town.

A central member of the renowned Greystones Operatic and Dramatic Society (GODs) during its ’80s and ’90s heydays, Noel is remembered for his natural ability to entertain, on and off the stage! The old classics American Pie and Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da are just two of the songs this man seemed to make his own on piano-filled nights in the Corley house, with Noel hitting the keys until the early hours. He’s also known for being a Class A gent about town. Not only was he the life and soul of every party, he always made sure everyone around him was looked after and having a great time too.

For his wife, three girls and nine grandchildren, he’ll be remembered as their loving, kind, funny, warm and wise husband, dad, and granddad, someone who always kept their spirits lifted with his love of stories, a wise crack, and even a poem or two.

After leaving Greystones to retire to Brittany, France in 2004, Noel and Jacky moved back to the UK to be near their daughters in 2014.

The Corley family would like to thank you all for your messages of support during this sad time.

Given the current restrictions, a private funeral mass will be held for Noel Corley in Luton, UK on 26th November 2020 at 11.15am. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, here, condolences here.

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