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