Com­mu­nity is saddened by the pass­ing of Nicholas Dev­ereux

Wexford People - - NEWS OBITUARIES -

PEO­PLE THROUGH­OUT the Broad­way and Tacumshane ar­eas were saddened re­cently to learn of the pass­ing of Nicholas (Nick) Dev­ereux, who lived in Bal­ly­macane.

Born on Novem­ber 19, 1921, at the Grange, Broad­way, he was a son of John Dev­ereux and Elizabeth Barry. Nick fol­lowed in the foot­steps of his fa­ther and served his time in the forge, learn­ing the trade of a black­smith. How­ever, farm­ing was also a life­long pas­sion of his and he of­ten spoke of the hard­ships as­so­ci­ated with the pro­fes­sion.

Nick was a keen plough­man and such was his in­her­ent skill and tal­ent that he won a county ti­tle for ploughing.

He also had a life­long pas­sion for Gaelic games and took ac­tive par­tic­i­pa­tion through­out his life. When he stopped play­ing he re­mained in­volved and took up man­ag­ing po­si­tions and ad­min­is­tra­tive roles within his lo­cal club, Our Lady’s Is­land.

He worked very hard along­side other ded­i­cated club mem­bers to build the or­gan­i­sa­tion and he also had a pas­sion­ate in­ter­est in county and na­tional GAA.

Many sto­ries were re­called to fam­ily mem­bers and friends of cy­cling trips to Dublin to at­tend matches with his broth­ers and friends.

As one fam­ily mem­ber told this news­pa­per: ‘The Sun­day Game was sacro­sanct in our home right up un­til the end’.

Nick mar­ried Phyl­lis Wright, of Sig­gin­stown, in 1963, and the cou­ple bought Bal­ly­macane Farm - which is the site of a Nor­man Cas­tle.

They had seven chil­dren, how­ever, they suf­fered the be­reave­ment of their youngest child, Adrian, when he was just four months old.

Nick worked hard with Phyl­lis to build up the farm, ini­tially as a tillage op­er­a­tion with a fo­cus on pota­toes. In 1973 he built a milk­ing par­lour and be­gan fo­cussing on dairy, build­ing up the herd year-by-year. Such was the suc­cess of the cou­ple as dairy farm­ers that they won an award for be­ing best milk pro­duc­ers in the county - se­cur­ing the pres­ti­gious, Milk Pro­duc­ers’ Cup.

Nick was a dis­ci­plined man who be­lieved that in or­der to achieve things in life one had to work hard - whether it was in school or in the work place and that out­look was some­thing he passed on to his chil­dren.

A man of many in­ter­ests he also raised and raced greyhounds.

He worked pri­mar­ily with his close friend, John­nie Mar­ley, in rais­ing and train­ing dogs for the Ir­ish, English and Amer­i­can tracks. It was an area Nick ex­celled in and he was blessed with a great tal­ent for spot­ting a good dog early in the an­i­mal’s rac­ing ca­reer.

He was also in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics and in par­tic­u­lar, Fianna Fail. Nick was some­one who took an ac­tive in­ter­est in his lo­cal com­mu­nity and over the years he was a mem­ber of var­i­ous com­mu­nity and par­ish com­mit­tees. He was also among those who spear­headed the lo­cal water scheme along with other com­mu­nity based ini­tia­tives.

De­spite all of his in­ter­ests it was fam­ily that al­ways re­mained cen­tral to his life. Every­thing he did was with the aim of pro­vid­ing for his fam­ily and en­sur­ing they were happy. Along with his wife, he worked hard to ed­u­cate their sons and daugh­ter and Nick al­ways took an in­ter­est in the re­spec­tive ca­reers of all their chil­dren.

‘His hard work was born out of love for fam­ily,’ said one fam­ily mem­ber.

In lat­ter years he took great in­ter­est in watch­ing his grand­chil­dren grow­ing up and he loved their pres­ence in the fam­ily home. As with his chil­dren he al­ways en­cour­aged his grand­chil­dren in school, sport and per­sonal de­vel­op­ment.

When he re­tired from farm­ing he spent his days grow­ing veg­eta­bles and fruit, gar­den­ing, and en­joy­ing re­tire­ment with his fam­ily around him.

The high re­gard in which he and his fam­ily are held within the lo­cal com­mu­nity was high­lighted by the large con­gre­ga­tion of mourn­ers who gath­ered in St. Cather­ine’s Church, Tacumshane, for his Re­quiem Mass.

Nick is sur­vived by his wife, Phyl­lis, sons, Fr. Sean, Paul, Noel, Kieran, and Ea­mon, daugh­ter, Siob­han, sis­ters, Sr. Ge­nieve, Peg, Betty and Nora, son-in-law, daugh­ters-in-law, grand­chil­dren, nieces, neph­ews, rel­a­tives and large cir­cle of friends.

The late Nicholas (Nick) Dev­ereux

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