Remembering Conor Ringland RIP

Conor Ringland


The very sudden and tragic death of Conor Ringland, late of Ardfert, Co.Kerry & Trinity College occured on the 22nd of October 2018. Adored son of Mom Bróna and Dad Alan. Much loved brother of Aislinn, Caoimhe and Sorcha. Beloved grandson of Dick and Sighle Conway (Howth), aunt Daire, uncles Rory, Peter, Robert and Kieran, special cousins Lara, Adam and Victoria, relatives, his wonderful friends and colleagues.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Reposing in his grandparents’ home, on Wednesday 24th October, from 5-8pm. Removal to Ardfert, Co. Kerry on Thursday, where he will be reposing at home from 4-7pm. Everyone is welcome to both homes. Removal to St. Brendan’s Church, Ardfert on Friday afternoon for 12pm Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Ardfert Cemetery.


Conor Ringland Remembered


A strong natural sportsman, who also played golf to a high level, Conor enjoyed squash with clubs in Kerry, in Sutton, and in TCD.  In 2014 he was elected captain of the squash club in Trinity, combining the administrative and social responsibilities of the position with his studies during his final undergraduate year. He continued to represent Trinity in the Leinster Squash League as a young graduate while working towards qualification as a solicitor.  In the course of the summer he had changed jobs, moving from one firm of solicitors to another in which he was enjoying the experience of exposure to work in different areas of law.

Having been on the periphery of Trinity’s Division 1 team for a couple of years, it looked in recent weeks as though he had established his place for this season.  His game had improved significantly over the summer, and in the opening league match, on Monday 15th October, Conor outlasted his opponent over 5 long sets on one of the warm, bright, new Sutton courts – playing patient, mature, and impressive squash – to win, 3-2.

Four of us drove back to the city centre together after the match.  We talked of organising strength and conditioning training, and discussed other plans and prospects for the coming season.  I dropped Conor off on Barrow Street, where he had caught the Dart to Sutton earlier in the evening, and watched him unlock his bicycle and set off, helmet on, squash bag on his back, heading for home.  We parted with the usual suggestion that we would try to get on court together later in the week, but this time it didn’t happen.

Conor Ringland died suddenly on Monday 22nd October.  He was thoughtful and articulate, conscientious, calm, and supportive.  He was a good captain, team-mate, and friend.  We in the Trinity squash community enjoyed the time he spent with us, and will miss him greatly.

Roland Budd
President, Dublin University Squash Rackets Club