Family and friends gathered at St Mary's Church in Ballymore on Thursday to bid a fond and final farewell to Patrick 'Paddy' Wright who had passed away two days beforehand in his 101st year.
A massively well respected figure in IFA circles, Paddy had only celebrated his 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends in the Farmer's Kitchen back in March. A real character, Paddy was described by those who knew him best as a hard-working man who was committed to family, his friends and farming.
A great man for a story, Paddy was born in 1919. Born into a farming family at Sigginstown, Tacumshane, he married his beloved wife the late Elenor or 'Nellie' when he was 23. They were a marvellous 71 years married when she passed away in November of 2014 and he greatly missed her every day since.
When first married, Paddy and Nellie lived for a time in County Meath before making the move back to Wexford where he was a building contractor in the 1950s, as they saved for their farm in Graherogue, Killinick. They moved in with one cow and a calf, gifted by Paddy's father and subsequently built up a fine herd of dairy cows before retiring and handing the farm over to their son John.
Paddy became very well-known in farming circles and served as Chairman of the Beet and Vegetable Growers Association and Vice-President of the IFA at different points. He was very political and worked tirelessly to improve working conditions for beet growers, dairy farmers and the farming community in general. He was also involved in the establishment of the Farmers' Co-operatives locally in Wexford.
Aside from his family and farming, Paddy had a great love of GAA and was a lifelong supporter of his local club the Fintans. He also took a great interest in keeping up to date with current affairs and read the newspaper cover to cover each day.
Following a poignant ceremony at St Mary's Church in Ballymore, Paddy was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
Paddy was beloved husband of the late Elenor; dear father of Des, Violet, Irene, Brendan, John, Bob, Pat, Tony and the late Noel and Rosemaria; brother of Barty, Phyllis, Maureen and the late Tony, Davy, Willie, Johnny and Kathleen.
He is sadly missed by his loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchild, brother, sisters, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, extended family, neighbours and friends.
May he rest in peace.