Stephen Coy Longford, originally, Ballyliffin, County Donegal. Son to parents Steve (Kildare) and Sarah (Mc Maughlin, Donegal) Coy. Father was also an army man, and Stephen was reared up in the camp Curragh. Three brothers JJ John Joe, Phillip and Anthony, four sisters, Ann, Birgid, Diedre, and Rosemary. Was a great place to grow up, had everything there swimming pool, gym, schools, handball court, playing pitches, and cinemas, plus a bus into Newbridge, if we wanted to go into town, the biggest camp in Ireland. Thousands on it, we were in the married quarters, like a town, many kids grew up in it, always something to do, primary school and tech school, with army teachers, as you would expect was a nice, but of course well disciplined way about it militaristic. Father was in army as was four Uncles, and grandfather was in army, and on mother's side, Joe McLoughlin, was a quartermaster in Dunree, Fort, which is now a museum, after growing up the Curragh Camp, was just a natural progression, to join myself. I joined the army when I was just seventeen years, in the Curragh, general part of it, three brothers also joined, but it wasn't like we were forced or anything, we genuinely wanted to be part of it. Best comrade had the pleasure of meeting on the day we both joined up Ronnie Hawel, Kildare, a lifelong friend. Same platoon joined up in the Curragh, passed out in the Curragh, also over sea tours together,cyprus lebanon we were there after the infamous At Tiri incident. Was only a three month training and then you would pass out, joined the Tank squadron, Plunkett Barracks. 1972 then to Longford Barracks we were then the forwarding company, to set up then barracks, was in June 1972. I mentioned about the tank that used to be just inside the gates of the barracks on the slant, he told me was ‘’Comet, that's what we called that tank, yes that was always a part of Longfords Barracks, the ‘Comet’ is in Athlone Barracks now, We were part of the border unit, time of the troubles, to help anybody that wanted to come over the border. Settled down in 1974, I had met Bernadette my now wife along the border where she was seconded as part of Red Cross. Sport big part of my life, Con Boyle, and Sean Stakelum, great person behind Longford Hurling. Rugby is big part of all the family's life, myself and berni, and daughter Claire, all started with a mentor Roger MacCowley, member of Longford Rugby Club, coerced myself into rugby, which was to become such a big part of our lives and still is. Won with slashers county medals, and league medals, also played county, and took to rugby, stayed with it, many good years. A player, captain and coach, was part of the towns only cup winning side in 1982. A great honour when I served as President for two years, 1986’88, great times. Bernadette is on committee for the ladies Rugby, daughter Claire is the founder of ladies Rugby, and son Stephen captained Longford Rugby team too. I myself was part of Leinster rugby, community, coached in schools, and youth section, after finishing serving in the army in 2000, I took up that role as Community Rugby Officer, covering East and Midland area. Retired, supposedly in 2017, still a great interest for it, and still help out with bit of coaching. As Well as the Rugby, also part of Peter Keenan Branch, for ex servicemen and women, on Facebook as Peter Keenan O N E Longford. Main role is a ceremonial one funerals or ex service men and women, remembrance days, good to remember and meet up also, forty members currently btu will always grown and be around. Myself I was appointed as Director to main board of ex servicemen nationally, completed World War 1 Armistice Day Ceremony a 100 year anniversary,in conjunction with county’s Heritage, which is run by County Council and represented by Mary Carlton Reynolds. Two of my greatest joys now are my grandchildren Evie and Fionn, love being around them.
Left me with ‘’Tomorrow is another day, take it as it comes, one day at a time.