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Martin’s wit and kindness will be greatly missed


The late Martin Maddock.

The late Martin Maddock.

The late Martin Maddock.


The sudden death of Martin Maddock last May occasioned much sadness and shock within the community and further afield.

Martin died on May 9 aged only 64 from heart failure.

The son of the late John and Margaret Maddock, of 25 The Bullawn, Martin was the sixth child in a family of 11. He attended CBS school and New Ross Vocational School afterwards before starting his training as a carpenter. Having served a five year apprenticeship he qualified as a gifted tradesman.

He could turn his hand to anything.

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In his early teens he was a keen ornithologist. He loved budgies, finches, canaries and pigeons.

Martin was one of the founding members of New Ross Pigeon Club, which he was involved in running for many years alongside other pigeon racing fans.

He also loved hunting and was one of the founder members of the West Wexford Gun Club.

Martin was very involved in the AA in the south east and chaired many conventions over the years. He had a deep understanding of the problems people trying to rid themselves of their alcohol addiction and his family were surprised by the number of people who have contacted them following his passing, expressing their gratitude for the help he gave them or a loved one in their time of need.

Martin was very involved in sports in New Ross, especially hurling. He came from a great hurling stock as his father John had hurled for Wexford in the 1940s.

As a young chap Martin would always go to his sister Margaret’s house to watch him play on their TV, with her husband Ger.

Martin loved Christmas and was known for his beautifully decorated Christmas trees.

A thoughtful man of deep faith, especially to the Blessed Mother, he built a grotto outside his house and one for Sr Helen outside the Mt Carmel Convent also.

He was an avid reader, especially of the bible.

Martin was a man of great wit and kindness and he will be deeply missed by his partner Geraldine, his family and his many friends in Waterford and Wexford.

Ar dheis Dé go raimh a anam.