Wednesday 21 August 2019

Bailey remembered as 'a man of the people'

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey (centre) at the funeral Mass of her father, former councillor and Dublin GAA chairman John Bailey, in the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey (centre) at the funeral Mass of her father, former councillor and Dublin GAA chairman John Bailey, in the Church of the Assumption, Dalkey yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren
John Bailey
Tanaiste Simon Coveney with members of the Artane Band paying their respects to John Bailey on Friday. Photo: Mark Condren

Alan O'Keeffe

Fine Gael TD Maria Bailey paid tribute to her father as "a man of the people" with "the common touch" who loved and protected his family.

In a moving eulogy at the Fine Gael councillor's funeral in Dalkey, Co Dublin, she said he instilled in his family his strong values of compassion, integrity. honesty, hard work and leadership.

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He was always encouraging and supportive and raised his five daughters to be strong, independent women, she said.

The former chairman of Dublin GAA was wonderful in training his grandchildren in fun-filled sessions in the back garden of the family home, she said.

Cllr Bailey, who was 74, died of the effects of motor neurone disease last Tuesday.

"When Dad received his diagnosis, our world changed forever," said Ms Bailey.

"Motor neurone disease is the cruellest disease as it took away his power of speech, but he found new ways to communicate with us."

Chief celebrant Monsignor Eoin Thynne said: "We thank God for the blessings He gave him in this life, his sense of fun and devilment, his dedication to his family, his contribution to politics and his love and passion for the GAA.

"There are so many who will miss him and none greater than his wife of 48 years Angela, his daughters Suzanne, Elaine, Maria, Joanna and Allison and his 13 grandchildren."

Those present included Commandant Caroline Burke, aide de camp to An Taoiseach; government ministers Josepha Madigan, Regina Doherty and Mary Mitchell O'Connor; former ceann comhairle of the Dail, Sean Barrett; MEPs Frances Fitzgerald and Barry Andrews; Cllr Shay Brennan, cathaoirleach of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council; council chief executive Philomena Poole; Dublin GAA chief executive John Costello; former GAA director-general Paraic Duffy; chairman of Cuala GAA Damian McKeown; Dublin football manager Jim Gavin; and Dublin players Con O'Callaghan and Michael Fitzsimons. Burial took place in Deansgrange.

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