Saturday 20 October 2018

Talented carpenter John was a devoted family man

The late John Garrahie.
The late John Garrahie.

The death occurred recently of John Garrahie, Pondsfield, New Ross and late of Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare, in the love and care of his family.

John's father Michael hailed from the famous Clare matchmaking town and his mother Margaret was a Rossonian.

Having attended school in Lisdoonvarna, John, his sisters, the late Eileen and Ann, and his brother Pat moved with their parents to New Ross, where John attended Good Counsel College.

He enjoyed playing sports and fishing from a young age.

After secondary school John returned to Lisdoonvarna where he trained to be a carpenter. It was in Lisdoonvarna where he met the love of his life, Kay in her hometown.

They were married in 1972 in Lisdoonvarna and moved to New Ross shortly afterwards, renting a flat on John Street. In 1976 they moved into their house at 75 Pondsfield.

John worked on numerous buildings in New Ross up until around 20 years ago. He then started working for Hilary Murphy at HLBS Murphy on John Street as a rail fitter at hospitals across the country.

A hard working man, when the time came to retire five years ago John grabbed the opportunity with both hands and enjoyed every minute of it.

He would travel to Fanore in County Clare every summer to fish, staying at the family's mobile home there. There he enjoyed reconnecting with his friends, unwinding in their company by the water. He loved listening to Irish music and reading Irish history and was never without his Irish Independent and New Ross Standard.

A quiet, witty man with a warped sense of dry, intelligent humour, John enjoyed travelling with Kay.

He suffered a health setback 17 years ago but bounced back.

Throughout John was a devoted family man who rejoiced in his children's achievements and revelled in every opportunity to spend time with his grandson Zack.

His sudden death at his home aged 67 on October 20 came as a great shock to his family, neighbours, friends from across the country and people all over New Ross. Kay said the family has received outstanding support from the New Ross community.

A large crowd travelled from Clare to attend John's funeral Mass at St. Mary and Michael's Parish Church in New Ross where the New Ross anglers stood as a guard of honour. Wexford singer Stephen Murphy sang at the Mass and afterwards John was cremated in Shannon.

John is sadly missed by his loving wife Kay; son Paul; daughters Tina and Natasha; brother Pat, extended family and friends.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

New Ross Standard