There was great sadness in Wexford recently following the death of Podge Murphy.
87-year-old Podge of Devereux Villas was a lifelong pigeon fancier and he was the last surviving founder member of the Wexford United Pigeon Club which was founded in 1946.
Podge was proud of this and took great delight in the face that the club is still going strong after 71 years. He served in all capacities at club level but his main position was chief clock setter, a task he carried out for many years.
It was a self taught skill which he carried out with great diligence.
Podge was always available to welcome new members to the club, especially young members. He would take them under his wing and help them in any way he could, from teaching them how to train and feed their birds, often giving a pair of birds as a starter gift.
A lot of today's top fliers have a lot to thank him for. Podge was not a big team fancier but kept a small team of quality pigeons. He won many prizes from all race points. He also loved to show his pigeons in the off season and was a formidable contestant with his birds in top condition and for took 'best in show'.
Monday night was club night for Wexford United Pigeon Club and Podge was very much to the fire, compiling race results from the weekend followed by his favourite game of cards - Chase the Ace. Anyone not playing by the rules was quickly put in their place by Podge!
Podge's other great love was being outdoors surrounded by nature where he enjoyed spotting the different types of birds and he was quick to recognise many of the different breeds in the area. Podge was also a lover of dogs and he kept them for most of his life.
He was a true gentleman who will be greatly missed by his family and friends and everyone who knew him.
The Murphy family extended thanks to everyone who sympathised with them at the time of Podge's death and to the staff of Waterford University Hospital and Wexford General Hospital.
Podge is survived by his brothers Michael and Sean, his sister Betty and his nieces and nephews.