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Remembering Paddy: family man & part of Louth GAA community


The late Paddy McGlew.

The late Paddy McGlew.

A guard of honour at the funeral of Paddy McGlew in Termonfeckin on Wednesday.

A guard of honour at the funeral of Paddy McGlew in Termonfeckin on Wednesday.


The late Paddy McGlew.


“Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again’.

Words of sorrow from Simon McGlew at the funeral mass for his father Paddy, who passed away suddenly on Friday November 5th, and who was laid to rest in The Church of The Immaculate Conception, Termonfeckin on Wednesday 10th.

A farmer by profession, Paddy was a lifelong stalwart of GAA, being a former chairman of St Fechin’s GFC on three occasions, and past chairman of the Louth County Board.

Despite the sad occasion, celebrant Fr Paddy Rushe, PP of Monasterboice Parish, said there was a desire to remember the happiness that Paddy McGlew brought into people’s lives.

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"We want to remember and treasure the better times; the laughter, his ready smile and his determined approach, and all the special moments that we know Paddy would want us to remember,” said Fr Paddy. 

“He put his dear wife Maeve and his family first all his life, and even though I didn’t know him, it was clear he enjoyed the interactions of his family and the different groups he was involved in and the community.

"He was well known and liked in this locality; a supporter of GAA and the GAA family in the wider sense. You can’t sum up a life in a few minutes but the many stories that have been told since his sudden passing, and the stories that are yet to come, are all highlights of who Paddy was and make all who gather feel his loss more sharply today.”

His daughter Grainne spoke for his loving family who will miss him so much.

“He was a kind, generous, hardworking man, not a many of many words, but when he spoke, we listened,” she said. “He had a sharp, dry wit, as many know, Known far and wide by many from all walks of life. One of a kind and a true gentleman. Daddy loved the simple things in life; Maeve his wife, his children and grandchildren. He loved the land at Drumshallon, that was his haven, GAA, his trips down the country and of course, his walking routes”.

A gentleman to his fingertips, as Fr Paddy had said, he would be remembered as full of life; suited and booted.

“Daddy was very particular about his attire, and he loved a good silk tie. When something was admired, he’d say, it’s the peg not the clothes,” Grainne said with a gentle smile.

“We are so grateful that Paddy had a very happy, healthy life and we feel so sad to lose him so suddenly, but we’ve had so many wonderful memories which we will cherish”.

Formerly of Coolkirk, Termonfeckin. Paddy passed away suddenly in his 78th year, and will be sadly missed by his loving wife Maeve, daughter Gráinne, sons John, Richard and Simon, son in law Karl, daughters-in-law Anne, Theresa and Edel, grandchildren Aaron, Alannah, Sophia, Rebecca, Katharine, Ruth, Justin, Elizabeth, Ada and Kate, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews relatives and friends.