Patrick Samp­son served in army

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

THE death last week of Mr. Patrick J. Samp­son in a Dublin Nurs­ing Home has re­moved one of the most ac­com­plished and re­mark­able fig­ures that one could wish to meet. At, the early age of 48, the late Mr. Samp­son, who was a na­tive of Duleek, had numer­ous friends all of whom will re­mem­ber his out­stand­ing tal­ents.

De­ceased was the el­dest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Samp­son, well-known Duleek vict­uallers. He was ed­u­cated at the C.B.S. in Drogheda and dur­ing his early twen­ties as­sisted his late fa­ther in the butcher­ing busi­ness. Sub­se­quently, dur­ing the Emer­gency, he joined the Ir­ish Army in the Sup­ply and Trans­port Depart­ment and it was dur­ing this pe­riod that he was in­volved in a road ac­ci­dent which par­ti­cally in­ca­pac­i­tated him.

It was as ironic as it was tragic that a young man, still in his twen­ties who loved the out­door life, who lived for fish­ing, shoot­ing and ten­nis, should find him­self, overnight, con­fined to a wheel­chair. But the late Patrick Samp­son, who was thus af­flicted un­til his death a week ago, was not one to throw in the towel. His was a spirit few pos­sessed but many en­vied and his tri­umph over ad­ver­sity was the ad­mi­ra­tion of all.

His army ca­reer at an end the late Mr. Samp­son took up a ca­reer as courier with a Dublin travel agency and this work brought him to many parts of Ire­land and — not­with­stand­ing his disability —to many parts of Europe. How­ever, even for a man of his in­domitable spirit, a de­te­ri­o­rat­ing health was the even­tual win­ner and Paddy had to search for a less-ex­act­ing oc­cu­pa­tion.

En­cour­aged by his fine ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion in the Drogheda C.B.S. he de­cided to study elo­cu­tion with the R.I.A.M. and soon se­cured his de­gree of L.L.C.M. For some years he taught elo­cu­tion in the Au­gus­tinian Col­lege at Rath­farn­ham, and at the same time found yet another out­let for his ver­sa­til­ity by join­ing the Abbey Theatre Group.

Although he took no ac­tive role with the Play­ers he was noted for his splen­did recitals of bal­lads both in the Abbey Theatre in Dublin and dur­ing the Com­pany’s itin­er­ary through­out the coun­try.

He was a per­sonal friend of Anew McMaster and was also a val­ued con­trib­u­tor to many mag­a­zines in­clud­ing ar­chae­o­log­i­cal jour­nals. He is sur­vived by his wife, Mrs. Mar­guerite Samp­son, En­niskerry Co. Wick­low; broth­ers. Messrs. John (Duleek), Ea­monn (do.), and Jim (Dublin); three sis­ters, Sr. Mary Eu­gene, Sis­ters of Char­ity, Dublin; Mrs. Laura Cul­li­nan, Omagh, and Mrs. Irene Mur­ray, Omagh. The fu­neral took place to Lit­tle Bray ceme­tery and Rev. Fr. De­lany, P.P., En­niskerry, as­sisted by Rev. Fr. Har­mon, O.P., of­fi­ci­ated at the grave­side.

St Fechin’s mem­bers, Larry Cor­ri­gan, Gabrielle Leech, Frank Car­roll, Don­ald Mur­phy, Dorothy McCul­lough and Jim Mooney.

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