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Had long association with Burial Board

Published 21/03/2012 | 09:40

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Paddy Mcnally 1936 - 2012

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PADDY MCNALLY, Toberona Cottages, Dundalk, who died suddenly at his residence on March 2nd, had a long association with Dundalk Burial Board.

Aged 76, he was son of Bernard and Elizabeth Mcnally, Toberona, one of a family of six, all boys.

While he was at school, Paddy would help his father dig graves in the evenings and also milk cows at Mckeown's farm, in Tateetra.

Following his education, he went to work for Michael 'Flier' Begley, who reared greyhounds and livestock. He then bought his own Morris Minor van when only in his twenties, setting up business in the livestock industry where he would be often on the road in the early hours of the morning heading for markets in places as far away as Bantry, in Co. Cork.

It was around this time that Paddy met his future wife, Elizabeth Clifford, who hailed from St. Patrick's Terrace, in Dundalk. The couple married and set up home in Toberona, where they raised their family.

Paddy again showed his business astuteness by buying himself a JCB, working for different builders in the area and private enterprises. He was then employed by Dundalk Burial Board, digging graves in St. Patrick's Cemetery and spent 17 years in this role. His work also took him to other parts of the county.

In his spare time, Paddy took great pride in his garden and vegetable patch.

A very obliging person, even after he retired, he helped friends and neighbours with building work, all done to perfection.

Two of his best friends were Joe Mcgrane and Jim Morgan, the three of them sharing many good times over the years.

Paddy enjoyed all kinds of sport, especially GAA; he was an avid supporter of the Louth senior team.

Paddy is survived by his daughter Sandra; sons; Kevin, Patrick and Damien; brothers, Dominic and Joe; grandchildren, family, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth; sons, David and Raymond, and brothers, Gerard, Eddie and Thomas.

The family thank Shevlin's funeral directors, Fr. Mcelwee, all their neighbours and friends who helped out and all who called to the house to pay their respects.

After reposing at his residence, Paddy's remains were taken to St. Joseph's Church, Castletown, on Monday, March 5th, for Requiem Mass celebrated by Very Rev. Fr. Christopher Mcelwee, PP, who delivered the eulogy.

The Reading and Prayers of the Faithful were read by Fr. Mcelwee, while the Offertory Gifts were taken to the altar by daughter-in-law, Aisling, and grand-daughter, Kori-lee. Paddy's favourite music was played during the Mass. After Mass, burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery. Months Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, 25th March, at 11.30am in St Joseph's Church, Castletown.

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