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Larry Breen was a true Wexford town man who adored his family and made many lifelong friendships


The late Larry Breen.

The late Larry Breen.

The late Larry Breen.


Laurence (Larry) Breen, who died recently, was a Wexford town man to the core. He started life in John Street moving to Davitt Road when his father, also Larry , became a member of Wexford Fire Brigade.

The family moved to Swan View in the late fifties and Larry only moved from there across the road to the middle of The Faythe when he and Brigid married in 1971.

Larry began his schooling in George’s Street, progressing to the Mercy Convent in John’s Road, and then on to the CBS. When he was about eight years old, he joined the 2nd Wexford Scouts group and spent many happy years there, rising through the ranks to become a Scout Master.

He made lasting friendships in the scouts and when he withdrew from active involvement, he became a trustee of the local scout association and continued as a volunteer, running the thrift fund for many years.

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Larry’s working life was spent as a bookkeeper, first in W B Nunns and later in the accounts department of M J O’ Connors Solicitors, where he spent almost 30 happy years until his retirement in 2002, again making lasting friendships along the way.

Larry had a huge interest in photography and was the owner of state-of-the-art cameras at a time when it was a pursuit of the few. He had his own dark room in Swan View and sometimes worked with the late well-known Wexford photographer Denis O’Connor. Over the years, he took thousands of photos family and scouting events.

On acquiring the house in the Faythe, he discovered a huge interest in and talent for DIY, practically rebuilding the house from the inside out, and putting on a few extensions. He was known to tap the walls in any house he entered to check if they were “cavity block or cavity walls”.

Family meant everything to Larry. He had many happy memories of growing up with his parents and three brothers and from the time he got married and had his own children, he devoted his life to them and was a wonderful husband and father.

In his retirement, he was a familiar figure walking the length of the Main Street twice daily.

Larry was diagnosed with cancer just over two years ago. He faced his treatment and the death of all three of his brothers, Jackie, Gerry and Patrick (Anthony) during that time, calmly and with dignity.

Sadly he passed away quietly in the early hours of Sunday, July 31. His family are very grateful to the staff of St Aidan’s W ard in Wexford hospital who looked after him in the last three weeks of his life, and the staff of Whitfield Clinic, Ely Hospital, Ardkeen Hospital, Clonard Surgery and Fortunes Pharmacy, who were so kind to him in the last years.

Larry is missed by his beloved wife Brigid; his children Nuala, Sinéad, Laurence and Gráinne;   his grandchildren Matthew, Lorcan, Orlaigh, Clodagh, Caoimhe, Dearbhaile, Eabha, Maolin and Aoife; his sons-in-law Peter,Tadgh and Anthony; daughter-in-law Suzanne; by his brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.