Sunday 18 March 2018

Paddy's name deserves to be put back in the port

The stone in memory of Paddy Monahan should be re-erected.
The stone in memory of Paddy Monahan should be re-erected.

I CAN'T let the year pass without a mention for a man called Paddy Monahan.

If you walk down by the docks you'll see the Monahan name in various places and for many decades he was synonymous with the area and the business.

2013 marks the 100th anniversary of his birth in Newfoundwell and, reading an article recently on his life, he was certainly a self driven man.

He went to national school, but then went off to work and educated himself at night, becoming a chemist at the Irish Oil and Cake Mills.

He then went on to become a manager with shipping agents Martin Butterly and Co, but the entrepreneur in him took over and he decided to form his own importing business in the town.

That was in 1948 and for the next 30 years he dominated life in that area, helping to bring in the first major shopping line in the 1960s.

He was closely associated with the chamber too and played the odd round of golf at Laytown/Bettystown when time allowed.

Sadly, he passed away in 1987.

His name was etched on the port itself with the erection of a stone in his memory on Patrick Monahan Quay.

The stone has since been moved but it would be great to see it re-erected to honour Paddy again.

Drogheda Independent