Archive for January 1st, 2008

Philip Hogarty 1988-2008


Philip Hogarty, 19, died on Tuesday 1st January 2008, after been knocked down in a tragic accident early that morning. He was struck by a Garda patrol car around 2.30am.

We send our sincere condolences to Philip’s family at this very difficult time. May he rest in peace.

The service for Philip takes place at 11am on Saturday, 5th January, at St. Thomas Church in Jobstown, followed by Newlands Cross crematorium.

St. Thomas Church, Kiltalown Way, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24st-thomas-church-jobstown.jpg

Rathmines Chess club has lost a cherished member and a treasured friend. Philip was an extremely good chess player, having recently achieved expert status with a rating of 2069, and had started this season playing for the Rathmines ‘A’ team in the Armstrong Cup (our strongest team) on board 3, with a very impressive 4/6.

Philip was Chairperson of the Irish Chess Union and did tremendous work for Irish chess over the last 18 months or so. He will be terribly badly missed by all members of Rathmines chess club, all the very many other chess players he knew, and Irish chess in general. We are all in shock at this terrible tragedy.

Here are some personal comments from Michael Kennedy and John Burns, both colleagues of Philip in the club, who have kindly added them to this posting. They reflect accurately the high esteem in which Philip was held, both as a chess-playing colleague and as a friend. He was mature beyond his years and his warmth shone out to everyone.


“Philip slotted into top board of the Division 2 (Heidenfeld) team of which I was captain for the 06/07 season…He scythed through opponent after opponent to win one of only three board prizes awarded in the division by scoring a breathtaking 9/11 against the finest the Heidenfeld could offer. This was the highest score achieved by any one of the 150+ players who played in Division 2 in the 06/07 season. Philip won the league for us almost single handed.”

Michael’s full comments can be read below. Here is a picture of Philip holding the Heidenfeld trophy that he won with the Rathmines team last year.
Philip Hogarty with the Heidenfeld Trophy, 2007.

John talks about Philip’s selflessness and maturity:  “Never in all my years captaining chess teams have I come across somebody so enthusiastic and helpful about lending his services.” And he says of him: “Not just that, but he was a pleasant and humorous guy, and a very fine chess player. ”

Please keep sending all your personal messages.



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