ENNISCORTHY councillors observed a minute's silence at their December meeting in honour of a long departed official. Current Town Clerk Padraig O'Gorman informed the elected representatives that his predecessor Paddy Lavin had passed away on Sunday, December 16.
The deceased was a native of Roscommon and was in charge of the office in Market Square from 1969 to 1967. He went on to become county manager in Louth and he lived at Blackrock in his adopted county up to the time of his death.
At last week's meeting, Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh confessed that he had never heard of Paddy Lavin. However, veteran public representative Seán Óg Doyle recalled that the deceased was 'a very nice man'.
Cllr Doyle pointed to a copper plaque bearing the Enniscorthy town crest displayed on the wall of the council chamber in the Presentation Centre. He told his colleagues that it was made by Paddy Lavin and presented by him to the council.
The funeral Mass took place at Blackrock last Wednesday, with interment afterwards at St. Patrick's cemetery in Dundalk. He is survived by wife Ena; daughters Ita, Siobhán and Fionnuala; son Dermot; grandchildren Heather, Jennifer, Ian, Niall, Dearbhaile, Kate, Killian, Louise, Mark and Ronan; his sons-in-law, sisters, relatives and friends.