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09-02-2018, 22:05   #1
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Sad news - RIP Gabriel Howard

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Will be greatly missed on the racing scene
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09-02-2018, 22:42   #2
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A true gentleman , friend and stalworth of Irish cycling for decades, RIP Gay.
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09-02-2018, 22:49   #3
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Very very sad news. Had the pleasure of listening to him both from the bunch and the sidelines. The Phil Liggett of Irish Cycling. It won't be the same without him.
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09-02-2018, 22:54   #4
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RIP Gabriel.
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10-02-2018, 01:17   #5
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A God among men.
A voice you could here for miles and a man you would see at even the most obscure race either watching, helping, running or commentating.
God's speed
RIP Gaybo
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10-02-2018, 10:17   #6
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Gabriel Howard was a true legend.
He raced The Rás 21 times.
He won a stage in 1965.
He was 3rd on GC in 1971.
He was an unofficial participant in the 1972 Munich Olympics Road Race.
He was a constant on The Rás as an official for over 30 years.
He was ever present at races all over the country, helping riders and organisers alike. No race was too small or too big for Gaybo.
His voice was heard, as M.C., at races for as long as I've been involved in cycling.
Nobody was safe, when Gaybo had the mic in his hand. Many times, down the years, I was the object of his unique wit.
It's said, that nobody is indispensable. Gabriel may well be the exception to the rule.
He will be greatly missed.
May he rest in peace.

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10-02-2018, 13:07   #7
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He was a great character - I'd only known him for a few years but it was clear his passion for cycling was immense. Stamullen have been a great club for developing youngsters and he was passionate to protect the future of the sport

A tragic way to be taken - Article here



RIP Gaybo - your "dulcet" tones out there on numerous circuits throughout the racing season will be very sadly missed
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10-02-2018, 14:12   #8
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Had a read of that Meath Chronicle piece on him :

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Howard rode in 21 Rasanna , a total of 205 stages, over his career
Terribly tragic loss RIP
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10-02-2018, 20:02   #9
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A huge loss.

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HOWARD, Gabriel (Gaybo) (Stedalt, Stamullen, Co. Meath) – February 9, 2018, (suddenly), late of Stamullen Road Club and stalwart of Irish Cycling; sadly missed by his loving wife Kay, daughters Siobhan and Sinead, son Seamus, sons-in-law Paul and Pat, daughter-in-law Phebe, grandchildren Alexandra, Fintan, Gabrielle, Lorcan, Emma and Ryan, brother Dessie, sister Olive and a large circle of friends.

May he Rest In Peace.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday (13th Feb.) afternoon from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Removal on Wednesday (14th Feb.) morning to St. Patrick’s Church, Stamullen, arriving for 12 noon Mass, followed by funeral to Stamullen Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital, Crumlin.
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There was something comforting about seeing and hearing Gay at races. Not sure what it was, maybe just that he made us laugh or hearing him gave a feeling of familiarity, steadied the nerves. Hearing his voice always made me feel at ease. I have been a lot more upset at the news than I expected. I don’t think road racing in Ireland will ever be the same.

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11-02-2018, 18:04   #11
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https://www.lmfm.ie/on-air/shows/lat...to-gay-howard/

Above is a link to a podcast from the local radio station in Drogheda, LMFM.
It was aired today as a tribute to the late and great Gaybo. It was recorded in 2015.
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I only came into contact with him when I started racing last year, he could always make you laugh even if you were chewing your stem and breathing through your ears. He will be sadly missed, an irreplaceable personality.
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12-02-2018, 10:05   #13
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Really shocked and saddened to hear about this. My first ever open race was out in Stamullen at the Monie Nolan and I always loved going back to their races.

He's a massive loss to the sport. His passion for cycling was only matched by his quick wit and good humour.

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