Thursday 18 October 2018

Ogie was a mine of information about his beloved Enniscorthy

Pádraig Byrne

The festive period was somewhat tinged with sadness in Enniscorthy following the passing of one of the town's true characters Aidan 'Ogie' Nolan of 3 Wafer Street. One of the town's oldest and best-loved characters, Ogie passed away aged 95.

A proud Enniscorthy man, Ogie was born on March 29, 1922, above the family sweetshop. He was born into a family steeped in the history of the town, traceable back through the 1916 Rising and 1798. The Nolans, Ogie's father's family, had been saddlers in Borris, Co. Carlow, for many generations. It was a trade that Ogie himself would follow on into and he was famed for his work as a cobbler and Enniscorthy's last saddler and harness maker. He was also extremely well known through his association with Enniscorthy Catholic Working Men's Club, in which he held the roles of secretary and treasurer over the years.

Following his retirement, Ogie was an extremely familiar face around the streets of the town and always had a word for locals. A great man for history, Ogie was a mine of information on all things about his beloved Enniscorthy and was regularly consulted by historians and documentary makers.

Tributes poured in following Ogie's passing and there was a massive attendance at his funeral mass at St Aidan's Cathedral. Ogie was the beloved brother of Patsy and Theresa and is sadly missed by Vincent and Michael.

He is deeply regretted by his loving brother, sister, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and friends.

He was laid to rest in St Mary's Cemetery after a moving funeral Mass.

May he rest in peace.

Enniscorthy Guardian