Com­mu­nity mourns a leg­end of the Shan­non as Paddy Fur­long (96) dies

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A large con­gre­ga­tion gath­ered last week to bid farewell to a true leg­end of the Shan­non, Paddy Fur­long who passed away last Mon­day at the age of 96. An ex­tremely well-known char­ac­ter, tributes poured in last week fol­low­ing Paddy’s pass­ing with many re­gard­ing him as be­ing one of the last of the town’s old stock.

Per­haps what Paddy was best known for was his pub and gro­cery busi­ness in Tem­ple­shan­non. Over the years, he en­grained him­self in the fab­ric of the com­mu­nity and he loved noth­ing more than chat­ting with cus­tomers on a daily ba­sis, forg­ing life­long friend­ships in the process. Start­ing out in 1966, Paddy en­joyed the view from be­hind the bar for many years, play­ing cards, join­ing sing-songs, com­plet­ing cross­words and dis­cussing horses with the reg­u­lars, only call­ing time in re­cent years. De­spite his grow­ing years, he could still be seen around the pub chat­ting away to cus­tomers and flash­ing a trade­mark smile.

As well as be­ing a highly thought of lo­cal busi­ness­man, Paddy was a lov­ing hus­band to Mary and fa­ther to Pa­trick, Pa­tri­cia, Ma­jella, Thérèse, Mary Lu­cia, John, Peter and Ros­aleen. ‘He was a kind and lov­ing fa­ther,’ said daugh­ter Thérèse. ‘Any time you were go­ing away any­where or com­ing home, he’d be the first one there to meet you off the bus.’

The large crowds at St Se­nan’s Church on Wed­nes­day of last week were a fit­ting trib­ute to Paddy and how highly thought of he was within his lo­cal com­mu­nity. He re­ceived a won­der­ful send off and one of his favourite songs ‘Boolavogue’ was played as he was car­ried from the church be­fore be­ing laid to rest in Gar­rynisk Ceme­tery.

Paddy is sadly missed by his lov­ing wife, sons, daugh­ters, brother, sons-in -law, daugh­terin-law, grand­chil­dren, broth­erin-law, niece, rel­a­tives, friends and the Tem­ple­shan­non com­mu­nity at large. May he rest in peace.

Full obit­u­ary to fol­low in next week’s Guardian.

The late Paddy Fur­long.

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