My father died at 39. I named my daughter in honour of him

‘You see friends with their own two parents and you think: why haven’t we got that?’

Ciarán Foley with his daughter, Robyn and a photograph of his late father, Robert. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ciarán Foley with his daughter, Robyn and a photograph of his late father, Robert. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ciarán Foley is co-owner of Area 9 Barbers on Store Street in Dublin city centre and a first-time dad to baby Robyn.

He was just seven when his own father, Robert, died aged 39 from melanoma. “I don’t have too many memories, to be honest,” Ciarán says. “He was big into his running and he worked for Eason,” he recalls. “The one main thing I remember was going down to Killarney for a family holiday. And my mam has a home video where we’re all dancing around and listening to Michael Jackson. He was big into his music.”

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