The pain – and fun – of saying goodbye while you're still here
Published 28/04/2014 | 02:30
THIS is the true story of Paddy Joe Keane, the man who attended his own wake while he was still alive.
Paddy Joe's farewell was a traditional Irish wake with lashings of drink and a sing-song. But even Paddy couldn't cheat death, and three weeks after the living wake, hundreds of mourners paid tribute to a brave and funny man who finally lost his battle with lung cancer. Paddy Joe was a 40-a-day man and in the end it was the cigarettes that got him. He was only 53.
Paddy Joe lived in Killenard in Coy Laois, the puck of a five iron away from the palatial Heritage Golf and Spa club.