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Fireman hailed as a hero as he loses cancer battle.


Robert Kane has been remembered as someone who has saved “countless lives”.

The fireman, who joined the brigade in 1996, began his admirable career in Kilbarrack.

His job, a sub officer was one of the most difficult of the trade.

People flocked to the streets of Donnycarney as he was taken to Our Lady of Consolation Church.

Accompanied by his colleagues, the sub officer was carried to the church on a turntable fire tender.

To commerate his great work, a fire helmet and an axe were placed with a fire brigade flag on the coffin.

Members of his local GAA club, St Vincent’s and the Dublin Fire Brigade Pipe band accompanied Mr Kane.

Senan Moylan, from Tara Street B Watch, a colleague of Robert’s spoke movingly about the fireman.

“He fought very hard and was put to the test. On Friday morning he lost that test, but through all his pain and anguish he always carried himself  with the utmost dignity, humility”

Mr Moylan said that Robert had “saved countless lives”.

His moving eulogy concluded with “Robbie, I’ll be lost without you.  I will miss the crauc. I will miss the nights out, and I’ll never be the same without you”.

St Vincent’s GAA club remembered Kane as a very athletic man, who loved sport, enjoyed the competition and was very focused.

Mr Kane was a member of the Dublin Minors group who won the Minor Championship in 1986.

“He would never back down or give up”.

Mr Kane is survived by his daughter Lilly Rose, brothers Barry, Derek, Gerard, John, his loving parents Thomas and Eileen, extended family and friends.

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