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Friday 18 April 2014

Paddy was a quiet and intelligent man

Patrick Minogue 1923-2012

Patrick Minogue, St. Mary's Road, Dundalk who died peacefully in his 90th year at St. Joseph's Hospital, Ardee on December 13th was a member of the Customs and Excise Service who was born and grew up in Dundalk before embarking on a career in the civil service.

Patrick, or Paddy as he was known, then served in many locations, mainly round Dublin, but spent quite a spell in Dungarvan before he transferred back to Dundalk to complete his final two years in the service.

In a repeat of family history, Paddy worked for those two years at Dundalk Railway Station where his father, Michael was employed when the family first moved to the town.

Patrick's parents, Michael and Johanna owned a licensed premises in Clonmel when Michael was offered a job as a porter in Dundalk station, complete with accommodation and a pension, and the family made the move to town. Paddy was the fourth child of six, and was the last surviving sibling with brother, Sean and sisters, Lila, Bridget and Carmel and Maura predeceasing him, along with his parents.

Paddy was born after the family made their home at the Coast Guard station on the Point Road. They later resided at Barrack Street and subsequently at Wellington Place on St. Mary's Road. Paddy was educated at the Christian Brothers and entered the work place as a trainee shoe salesman and later became a night telephonist at the main Post Office.

He joined the Customs and Excise in 1951 and served for 36 years before retiring in 1987.

He lived with his sisters, Carmel and Maura at Mary's Road before ill health resulted in his admission in 2009 to St. Joseph's Hospital Ardee where the loving care he received from staff, doctors and nurses was highly appreciated by his family.

Sadly Paddy's sisters, Carmel and Maura passed away in 2010.

A highly intelligent individual who was quiet by nature, Paddy enjoyed going out for a pint. He was a keen walker and in his youth a good soccer footballer who turned out for the former St. Gerard's team that was based in the Quay area.

Paddy never married or owned a house or a car which combined with the fact that he never travelled beyond the shores of Ireland was unique in today's society but indicative of the simple, fulfilled life in which his needs and pleasures were modest.

Paddy met some of the country's leading figures over the last number of years while resident in St. Joseph's, including former President Mary McAleese and Sinn Fein President, Gerry Adams.

Paddy's relatives are very thankful for the attentiveness and professional manner in which McGeough Funeral Directors carried out the funeral arrangements.

He is survived by his nephew, Gerard Minogue and partner, Margaret Hennebry and two grandnephews, Paul and Gary Kilsheelan (Clonmel), along with other extended family and friends.

He reposed at St. Joseph 's Hospital Church where Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. Magnus Ogbunna, C.C., St. Patrick's.

Burial followed in St. Patrick's Cemetery.

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