Joe's brother and biggest supporter dies at 87
HE was his brother's most loyal supporter when they started off on the showband circuit together.
Poignantly, Paddy Dolan (87), brother of singer Joe Dolan (pictured), had hoped to survive until St Stephen's Day so that he could mark his younger brother's anniversary.
However, he died on Christmas Day after a long battle with pancreatic cancer -- almost exactly six years after Joe's death on St Stephen's Day at the age of 68.
A caretaker with Westmeath County Council for many years, Paddy was affectionately known by most as 'Pattins' in a nickname dating from his showband days, when he was a doorman for gigs at many of the era's most popular haunts, including the County Hall in Mullingar and the Longford Arms.
A father of seven and a keen fisherman, Paddy single-handedly reared his young children after the death of his wife Caroline at a young age.
Labour TD Willie Penrose, a friend who was at school with Paddy's son Vincent, said he had greatly valued Paddy's "fatherly advice" over the years.
"He was a great family man," said Cllr Mick Dollard, a neighbour. "He was very proud of his brother and of all his seven children."
Cllr Denis Leonard said Joe's anniversary would now be even more poignant.
Paddy Dolan is survived by his children, Kathleen, Vincent, Dympna, Barbara, Maeve and Joseph, also his brothers Ben and Vincent and sisters Imelda and Ita, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The removal to the Cathedral of Christ the King in Mullingar took place last night. The funeral will be held today after 10am Mass.