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Former county manager Paddy Lavin was a staunch supporter of the GAA

Published 09/01/2013 | 10:11

PADDY LAVIN 1925 - 2012 PADDY LAVIN, Elm Park, Blackrock, Dundalk who died peacefully in the Beacon Clinic in Dublin on December 16th was a former Louth County Manager.

Aged 87, Paddy was a native of Portahard, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon and died surrounded by his loving family following a relatively short illness.

Educated at his local national school and Summerhill College in Sligo, Paddy initially thought that he would follow his family's tradition in farming and spent a year at Ballyhaise Agricultural College before changing to a career in Local Government, entering Roscommon County Council in 1946 as a clerical officer. He retired in 1987 after a long and distinguished career in public service.

Outside of his work, Paddy was a staunch supporter of the GAA and its heritage and traditions. He played in his youth with parish teams in Roscommon and thereafter was an enthusiastic follower of the game, never missing an All-Ireland hurling and football final with his close friend, Joe Leonard. He gave his allegiance to a local club, Dundalk Gaels soon after his arrival in Dundalk and as a long serving committee member gave invaluable advice in the development of their fine grounds on the Ramparts.

Golf was the other passion in Paddy's life, for he was a keen player when he was transferred to Dundalk and immediately joined the Blackrock club. A member for 45 years, Paddy served as captain in 1980 and was President for two years in 1982-83. He participated in a regular fourball on Saturday and Sunday mostly with colleagues and friends and especially enjoyed the social outlet that the club provided.

Deeply religious, Paddy's devotion to the Lough Derg pilgrimage was an important influence on his life and sustained him through life's ups and downs.

Above all else, family was the most important aspect of Paddy's life, for he was dedicated to their well being, and understandably took great pride in their achievements, and rejoiced in the pleasure that his ten grandchildren brought into his life.

He will be remembered with great affection by very many people but to his wife, Ena and family he was a loving presence in their lives that will never be replaced.

Paddy is survived by his wife, Ena (neé Flynn), a native of Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. son, Dermot (Gormanston), daughters, Ita (Killiney, Co. Dublin) Siobhán (Dundrum, Dublin) and Fionnuala (Castlebar), sisters, Bridie Hogg

(Mullingar) and Nuala Bendle (Mullingar), grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer, Niall, Dearbhaile, Ian, Kate, Killian, Louise, Mark and Ronan, sons-in-law, Paul Linnane, David Cassidy and Liam Dervan, Brothers-in-law, sisters-relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Eugene, Bernie, J.T., and Des and sisters, Peggy and Maureen.

Having reposed at his home, Paddy's remains were taken to St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock where they were received by Brioan White, C.C., Requiem Mass was celebrated the following day by Very Rev. Sean McArdle, S.M., the former Administrator of the Holy Family Parish and a close personal friend of Paddy's. Also in attendance were seven Franciscan priests from Gormanston College and Rev. B. White, C.C., Blackrock.

The Readings were given by daughter, Fionnuala and granddaughter, Louise while the Responsorial Psalm was read by granddaughter, Dearbhaile. The Prayers of Intercession were led by son-in-law, Paul Linnane, and grandchildren, Killian, Niall and Kate.

The Offertory Gifts were presented by grandchildren, Mark and Ronan.

The beautiful music was provided by grandchildren, Heather, Jennifer and Ian and the soloist was family friend, Sarah King.

The eulogy was given by son, Dermot and daughter, Siobhán delivered the Communion Reflection.

After Mass burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery and there was a large attendance reflecting the deep regard by which Paddy was held not just in this area but throughout local government and the genuine sympathy for his family at his death.

Month's Mind Mass will be held on Sunday, January 27th at 12 noon in St. Oliver Plunkett Church, Blackrock.

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