Richie(35) wasthe­beloved fa­ther of two lov­ing chil­dren

Enniscorthy Guardian - - NEWS -

A month on, the com­mu­nity of David­stown and fur­ther afield is still reel­ing from the sud­den and tragic pass­ing of 35 year-old Richard ‘Richie’ Sin­nott. There was a huge out­pour­ing of grief at Ra­heen Church for Richie’s fu­neral mass as peo­ple trav­elled from all over the county to bid a fond farewell and lend their sup­port to his heart­bro­ken wife Mairead and their two chil­dren Ciara (12) and Dar­ragh (10).

One of six chil­dren born to Michael and Stella Sin­nott, Richie went to school first in Clon­roche and then to sec­ondary in Adamstown. He had no prob­lem mak­ing friends in ei­ther as with his fun-lov­ing spirit and sharp wit, he felt com­fort­able chat­ting away to peo­ple of all back­grounds. It was while they were teenagers that Richie met the love of his life Mairead. Be­ing best friends with her brother, he al­ways had a rea­son to be around the house and ro­mance blos­somed be­tween the two. They were even­tu­ally mar­ried and en­joyed the fairy­tale wed­ding in the beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings of An­tigua.

Fam­ily was some­thing of huge im­por­tance to Richie and he ab­so­lutely adored his two chil­dren - Ciara and Dar­ragh. He was the epit­ome of a proud fa­ther and took great in­ter­est in ev­ery­thing they did. For Ciara, he was mas­sively sup­port­ive of her in­ter­est in ponies and he brought her to ev­ery show he could with Ban­now and Adamstown two par­tic­u­lar favourites. Dar­ragh’s re­cently hav­ing made the U11 School­boys League Wex­ford team was a source of mas­sive pride to Richie and he did ev­ery­thing he could to sup­port him.

Richie was hurl­ing mad and it was some­thing he shared with his whole fam­ily. He would travel all over the coun­try to watch Wex­ford, it didn’t mat­ter if it was a Walsh Cup game or a day out in Croke Park. It wasn’t just Wex­ford he loved watch­ing ei­ther. He loved at­tend­ing Ciara and Dar­ragh’s matches and it was a com­mon oc­cur­rence to see a trac­tor parked at the side of pitches in the area, Richie hav­ing come di­rectly from work to cheer them on. The whole fam­ily en­joyed go­ing out for a puck-around and they are now cher­ished mem­o­ries for them all.

An ex­tremely hard-work­ing man, Richie ini­tially qual­i­fied as a welder, but he was best known for driv­ing trac­tors and lor­ries. He would have been a fa­mil­iar face in farm­yards all over Wex­ford and he made some great friends through his work where he was known to be as straight as they come and a man who could turn his hand to any­thing. He had a huge cir­cle of friends from all kinds of dif­fer­ent back­grounds and was a real so­cial char­ac­ter.

‘He’d light up the room when he came in,’ wife Mairead said. ‘He was great craic. A real messer, he was al­ways crack­ing jokes. He was so proud of his chil­dren and ev­ery­thing he did in life, he did it for us.’

Richie took great pride in his home and when they built in Ra­heen, he en­sured that ev­ery­thing was car­ried out to his metic­u­lous stan­dards, par­tic­u­larly the gar­den. He loved noth­ing more than get­ting away on fam­ily hol­i­days. A favourite des­ti­na­tion was Florida, where they whole fam­ily went this time last year, and the phones would be switched off as Richie made the most of time with the ones he loved.

Thou­sands of peo­ple ar­rived both at the house and to the church for Richie’s fu­neral mass to pay their re­spects, pro­vid­ing ev­i­dence of just how highly thought of he was among those who knew him. Fol­low­ing a mov­ing cer­e­mony, he was laid to rest in Clough­bawn Ceme­tery.

Richie was a dearly loved hus­band of Mairead; lov­ing fa­ther to Ciara and Dar­ragh; beloved son of Michael and Stella and brother to Michael, Marty, Gary, Lo­rainne, Tara and John Joe. He is sadly missed by his heart­bro­ken fam­ily, fa­therin-law, mother-in-law, aunts, un­cles, broth­ers-in-law, sis­ters-in-law, neph­ews, nieces, rel­a­tives and a large cir­cle of friends.

May he rest in peace.

The late Richie Sin­nott.

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