Saturday 21 October 2017

Obituary: Paddy Weston

Well-known craft potter, painter, bee-keeper and guide who also detailed his family's role in the 1916 Rising

Paddy Weston
Paddy Weston

PADDY Weston, who has died aged 86, was a craft potter of some note and a co-founder of Ceramics Ireland. A past pupil of Belvedere College, he was a trail-blazer for the art of pottery in Ireland. He produced hand-thrown pots with distinctive blue and oatmeal glazes.

He came to pottery late in life, having initially spent 10 years travelling the world as a radio officer with the British Merchant Navy. He then ran businesses in the 1960s and 1970s in Swords, Co Dublin, including a TV retail outlet and a supermarket.

A man of diverse interests, Mr Weston was also a painter, bee-keeper, and a guide at the historic Newbridge House in Donabate, Co Dublin.

A long-time resident of the medieval village of Lusk, Co Dublin, he was a recognised authority on the history and folklore of Fingal.

He was immensely proud of his family's involvement in the 1916 Rising. His father, uncle and two aunts were active in the Fingal Brigade, which carried out the only successful engagement of the disastrous Easter Rising.

Mr Weston's father, Captain Charlie Weston, was subsequently jailed in Frangoch in Wales with Michael Collins and other rebellious idealists.

Captain Weston went on to become a co-founder of the Irish Army.

Paddy Weston dedicated much of his leisure time to detailing the activities of the rebels and explaining their motives.

Before his death, Mr Weston was president of the award-winning Black Raven Pipe Band, co-founded in 1910 by his father and his co-conspirator Thomas Ashe.

Mr Weston is the father of Sunday Independent business columnist and Irish Independent Personal Finance Editor Charlie Weston.

He died suddenly at his home in Lusk last week.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys, and his children: Charlie, Mary, Ann Julie, Richard and Patricia.

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