Monday 19 November 2018

Kind, generous Paddy was a popular publican at Templeshannon

The late Paddy Furlong.
The late Paddy Furlong.

The community of Enniscorthy was deeply saddened by the loss of Patrick (Paddy) Furlong of Templeshannon back in October.

Paddy was one of seven children born to Patrick and Margaret Furlong who had a saddlery business. Patrick and Margaret had twins Monica and Ita, Cathy, Ellen, Paddy and Michael. His brother Kevin died soon after birth. Paddy's own father died when Paddy was only thirteen years old. He always spoke with great love and affection for his mother who reared her family through difficult times.

Paddy attended St Peter's College, Wexford, where he excelled in Latin and Greek. He loved to study but left school early to help his mother on the farm.

He worked in Boggans of Kilmuckridge and Donohoes, Templeshannon for a number of years before buying Richard Doyles Grocery and Spirits store at 25 Templeshannon in 1965. He married Mary Byrne from Cromogue, Bunclody in 1972 and they reared their family over the shop.

Paddy will forever be associated with his shop and pub at 25 Templeshannon. He enjoyed working behind the bar, discussing horses, dogs and doing crosswords with the customers. He was a pioneer all his adult life and tried to persuade many of his customers to give up the drink. He loved a game of 30 and no mercy was shown to anyone who wasn't concentrating while playing. He loved to sing. 'The Croppy Boy', 'Kelly the Boy from Killanne' and 'Boolavogue' are rebel songs his family will always associate with him. He was very interested in local history and sports generally and he enjoyed going to auctions, searching for that elusive treasure.

His children remember a very kind father. He was a very generous man and his natural inclination was to help people any way he could. They remember when catching an early morning bus to college, Paddy would always be up before them, preparing a breakfast and making sure they had enough money for the week ahead.

Paddy is dearly missed by his beloved wife of 45 years Mary, sons Patrick, John and Peter, daughters Patricia, Majella, Therese, Mary-Lucia and Rosaleen, brother Michael, niece Mary Clancy, brother-in-law John, sons-in-law Chris O Kane and Michael Geraghty, daughter-in-law Agnieszka Nogaj, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

A man of great faith, Paddy always wore his scapular and prayed the Rosary every night. He was extremely devout, something which he tried to pass onto his children with a prayer that he wrote out for each of them over the years and one which they will never forget.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;

May he show you His face;

May He turn His face toward you;

May the Lord bless you, Amen.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Enniscorthy Guardian