May 8, 2021

Sadness at passing of ex-international hockey player Nikki Dignam (43) who ran the Woodpecker Bar in Wicklow

Well-known hockey player Nicola (Nikki) Dignam, who ran the Woodpecker Bar & Restaurant in Ashford, has passed away aged 43.

The Limerick sportswoman, who previously played international hockey for Ireland, died last weekend after fighting a long illness in recent years.

The mother of three, who was originally from Castletroy, was due to celebrate her 44th birthday in the coming days.

She captained Dublin hockey side Loreto for two seasons in Europe and also represented Munster in the sport, and  at one stage played for Bray Hockey Club.

Nikki was also a PE teacher in the Teresian School in Donnybrook after attending Crescent Comprehensive College growing up.

Her death notice reads as follows:

Nicola (Nikki) Dignam (née Lyons) Nunscross, Ashford, Co. Wicklow and formerly Castletroy, Limerick, 9th February 2020 peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family. Sadly missed by her loving husband Alan, children Anna, Kian and Nial, mother Renza, father Ken, sisters Jennifer and Karen, brother Keith, mother-in-law Tussie, father-in-law Bobby, brothers-in-law Tom, Owen, Robert, Richard, Peter and Charles, sisters-in-law Alex, Jane, Joanne, Amanda and Emma, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Rest In Peace.

Nikki will be reposing at McCrea’s Funeral Home, Dublin Road, Wicklow Town (A67 E003) Tuesday evening from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Funeral arriving to Church of the Most Holy Rosary, Ashford Wednesday for 12.00 noon Funeral Mass followed by interment in Rathnew cemetery.


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