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The late Patrick Banville.

The late Patrick Banville.

The late Patrick Banville.

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The death occurred recently of Patrick (Paddy) Banville, late of Knockea, Campile.

Paddy died peacefully in his sleep on December 27, just as he would have wished.

Predeceased by his beloved wife Kitty, son Lar and daughter in law Chris, Paddy will be sorely missed by his children Paddy, John, Trina, Brigid, Jacinta, Carmel and brother Mick sister in law Margaret, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, extended family, neighbours and many friends.

Fondly known to his grandchildren as ‘gaga’ or ‘gag’, Paddy was born on New Year’s Day 1936. He was a triplet – one boy and two girls.

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Life begun for Paddy in Ramsgrange village where his parents had a little shop. He came from a family of nine, four girls and five boys.

In 1958 he married the love of his life Kitty (Catherine McCormack).

In 1959 they had twin boys Paddy and Lar and in 1960 they moved to their forever family home in Knockea, Campile.

Following the arrival of their son John, the four girls: Trina, Brigid, Jacinta and Carmel arrived and he cherished every single one of them.

He was a hardworking man and farmed for many years with Michael Harte in Tinnock. In the late 70s he joined Albatros where he met a lot of lifelong friends and spent many happy years working there.

He finished up his working days with Wexford County Council.

He always loved the land and was well known in Wexford for his pigs,

Over the years he also had cows, sheep, ducks, hens, dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, you name it and Paddy had it at his house at one stage.

He also grew corn, beet, peas, potatoes and carrots and in later life loved spending time in his tunnel growing tomatoes, onions and strawberries to name a few.

There wasn’t much he couldn’t grow -even growing pumpkins for the grandchildren and took great pride in delivering them to each house.

He loved a game of cards especially 45 and he made sure that every single grandchild was taught how to play. As soon as they could talk they could play a hand of 45.

He wouldn’t say no to glass or two of whiskey on occasion and enjoyed watching all sport in particular a good Horeswood/Ramsgrange football derby where he had grandsons on both teams. It’s said he always stayed impartial but there was only ever one flag flying from his chimney!!

In 2010 Paddy had major surgery for pancreatic cancer and spent weeks in St. Vincent’s hospital, Dublin under the care of Professor Geoghegan but like the trooper he was he just got on with it and never complained.

He really was a miracle man.

Just when he was getting back on track his beloved Kitty died suddenly and his life as he knew it changed, more sadness was to follow with the deaths of his daughter in law Chris and Son Lar, but in true Paddy style he wouldn’t let anyone feel sorry for him and he picked up the pieces and looked after his family and guided them through this tough time.

Paddy was a well known and liked man and had many friends who were so good to him calling to visit or phoning him to keep in touch, He had a great sense of humour and was always up for the banter and messing.

He never had a bad word to say about anyone and this was reflected by the large crowds attending the funeral.

Paddy was a big man in his day and he had huge big hands.

“He had hands like shovels,” his Grandson PJ recalled. “In my boys eyes no one is bigger than Gaga. As kids we all knew what a rub of the beard was like or the feel of ‘Irish grass’ and these are childhood memories we will cherish forever.”

“He was the head of our family and respected and loved by every single member. He has been referred to in the past as similar to the head of the mafia as if gaga says he is leaving an event then there is immediately a queue formed to say goodbye to him.”

He loved life and loved seeing his grandchildren going out enjoying themselves and having fun,

He kept a great interest in everything right up to his passing,

A family home in Knockea created seven children, 23 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Paddy was a triplet who went on to have twin sons, twin grandsons and twin great grandsons and he was so very proud of every one of them.

Paddy and Kitty created a lifetime of memories filled with love, laughter and fun and the family said “We thank them for that. We are very proud and very lucky to have had you as our parents.

Sleep well Dad. You were simply the best and You will never ever be forgotten.”

A large crowd attended the funeral mass to pay their final respects to a much loved and fun loving member of the community.

Paddy was laid to rest afterwards in Horeswood Cemetery beside his beloved Kitty.

Paddy’s month’s mind mass will be held on Sunday, January 29, in St James Church, Horeswood at 10 a.m.

May he rest in eternal peace.


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