Saturday 29 August 2015

'The best husband, best father, best brother': funeral of father of resigned TD Patrick Nulty

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 22/04/2014 | 13:17

Former TD Patrick Nulty
Former TD Patrick Nulty

A LARGE congregation filled a Dublin church to overflowing at the funeral of the father of resigned TD Patrick Nulty today.

Rose Nulty,  widow of Patrick Snr, spoke movingly of her husband Paddy at the beginning of the Requiem Mass at Saint Brigid's Church in Blanchardstown.

"He was the best husband, the best father, and the best brother," she told the congregation which overflowed into the yard outside.

She said the family loved him so much.  She and the family will make sure his memory is kept alive forever, she said.

Mr Nulty is survived by Rose and his two children Patrick and Leanne and his extended family.

The late Mr Nulty had publicly supported his son Patrick when he resigned as an Independent TD last month after admitting he had sent "inappropriate messages" to a 17-year-old girl on Twitter while under the influence of alcohol.

Paddy Nulty, when approached by the media after his son's resignation, had declared: "He's a good lad."

Celebrant  Fr Liam McClarey paid tribute to the former TD's father for "living a good life"  and for giving generously of himself throughout his life.

The Pallotine priest said "three Fs" were important in Paddy's life - family, faith and football.

Among the gifts brought to the altar at the beginning of the Mass were a mini-replica of Manchester United's stadium Old Trafford and three football jerseys : Saint Mochta's FC, a Dublin GAA, and Shamrock Rovers.

Fr McClarey said Paddy Nulty did a great amount to support his family and his community and local sports clubs.  A guard of honour was provided by members of St Mochta's club.

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