Wexford was saddened this week by the death of Maurice Sinnott.
Sixty-eight-year-old Maurice, from Lower Bride Street, Wexford, died unexpectedly on Sunday following a recent bout of ill health.
Maurice who was very well known was the son of Marie and the late Frank Sinnott. A gifted scholar Maurice was described by his brother Frank as 'a prodigy'.
He said that when Maurice was just four years of age he was reading books of sixth class standard. 'He was a born prodigy. When he went into first year in school he was asked to read to the sixth class students such was his skill.'
Maurice returned to education later in life enrolling in UCD where he studied English and History.
'He returned to UCD as a senior student,' said Frank. 'And received honours in English and History. He received one of the highest ever results in his history exam ever seen in UCD.'
While at UCD Maurice appeared as part of the UCD team on Challenging Times which was presented by Kevin Myers. 'He was brilliant on Challenging Times,' said Frank. 'He answered almost every question himself and Kevin Myers was nearly sick of saying Sinnott UCD every time the buzzer went.'
Maurice was also a talented writer and in the past wrote a play called The Bridge of Midnight Trembles, which won first prize in a competition run by the Wexford Arts Centre.
He was also a prolific letter writer. 'Maurice used to many letters to the national newspapers,' said Frank. 'Many of them pages and pages long. He would engage for months through correspondence with people he came in contact with through the newspapers. His arguments were always brilliant.'
Maurice was a very gentle and quiet soul who never had an ill word to say against anyone. He was never heard to criticise anyone and always had a good word for people.
Maurice is survived by his heartbroken mother Marie (99), brothers Frank and Declan and a wide circle of family and friends.