Passing of Dom Enright

With great sadness and no small measure of shock came the news on Tuesday of last week of the passing of Dominic(Dom) Enright, Tallacoole Beg, Clonea, at the Waterford Regional Hospital after a brief illness. He was aged seventy three.

A member of a widely known and highly esteemed Abbeyside family, Dom was one of a family of six boys, sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. Tom Enright. He was in every sense a gentleman supreme and an exemplary husband, father, grandfather, and friends who will be sorely missed not just by his nearest and dearest but by his countless friends throughout the county and beyond.

Dom had only been ill for a relatively short time, but the seriousness of his illness was soon diagnosed when he was taken to the WRH, and it was there that he passed peacefully away in the presence of many of his family.

A fitter by trade Dom worked for many years at the former leather factory on the Look Out, and a more conscientious worker you would never find. However when he fell in love with Maragret Casey of Tallacoole and subsequently became her husband Dom moved house to Margaret’s abode and in no time at all he had turned his talented hands to matters farming.

He became a familiar and popular presence on mart days at Shandon, and as his brother, Fr. Michael P.P., disclosed in a beautiful funeral Mass tribute Dom became a renowned “wheeler/dealer” in the buying and selling of livestock.

He was deeply interested in sport but it was hurling and greyhounds that claimed his foremost interest and attention. Like so many other members of his family Dom was a gifted hurler and he starred on many an Abbeyside championship team without however winning the title he most wanted to win—the county senior.

He quickly won his way onto the Waterford senior hurling panel and won a Munster championship medal in 1957 with the defeat of Cork, but agonisingly missed out on the All-Ireland medal when the team ever so unluckily lose in the decider to Kilkenny.

Above all however Dom will be remembered and admired as the gentleman he undoubtedly was, and the enormity of the sympathy his passing evoked was reflected in the overflow congregation at his funeral Mass in Abbeyside Parish Church last Thursday morning with up to twenty priests involved in its celebration.

The removal, with the coffin draped in the colours of the Abbeyside and Ballinacourty clubs, followed to St. Laurence’s cemetery in Ballinroad where Dom was laid to rest in the presence of another vast concourse that truly was representative of every walk of life within the area.

He is survived by his wife Margaret, his sons Tomas(New Zealand), Donncha, and Cormac, his daughters Onra, Niamh, Emer, Ciara, Deirdre, and Grainne, his brothers Noel, Johnny, Fr. Michael P.P., Liam, and Pat, his sons in law, daughter in law, his eight beloved grandchildren and m,any other relatives including nephews and nieces. To all of them sincere sympathy is extended.

Late John Curran

As briefly reported in last week’s column, deep and sincere regret has been occasioned at the unexpected death of John Curran, Comeragh Crescent, who suffered what proved to be a fatal seizure at his home on Thursday of last week.

A native of Cappoquin, John was in his 70s, and he had moved to Dungarvan to reside with his wife and family about twenty years ago. First he lived in Abbeyside before moving to Comeragh Crescent which was to become his final and very happy family home.

The suddenness of his passing shocked not only his wife and family but his legion of friends both in Dungarvan and Cappoquin. John had attended the Mater Hospital in the week that was to be his final one, but he returned home in fine fettle and was looking forward to having a cardiac Stent inserted in a few weeks time. Sadly that would never come to pass, and to the inexpressible grief of his nearest and dearest he collapsed and died at his home the day following his return from hospital.

John was a fitter by trade and an exceptionally gifted one at that. He worked for many years at the now defunct Cappoquin bacon factory and in later years joined the staff of the local Radley Engineering Co. where he was held in the highest of esteem by management and fellow workers alike.

Away from his job John was a man keenly interested in all sports, and if he had a major liking for the games of the GAA he was particularly interested in rowing and was in his own day an outstanding oarsman with the Cappoquin Rowing Club. He garnered countless national and other championship honours during is success laden years, and continued to closely follow the sport in latter years.

As a husband, father, grandfather, and friend John Curran stood tall in any company, and as the residents of Comeragh Crescent will vouch for he was a neighbour second to none and will be greatly missed.

The removal of his remains took place from his residence to St. Mary’s Parish Church on Saturday evening of last week and following the 12 noon Mass on the Sunday John was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery in the presence of a hugely representative concourse that was in every sense a very fitting final tribute to him.

Before John was taken from the Church is son Pat, who is a member of the teaching staff at Dungarvan CBS, delivered a beautiful tribute to his father, one that richly deserved the sustained applause it received at the end.

John is survived by his wife of thirty nine years, Sheila, by his sons Pat, Johnny, David, Kevin and Christopher, his daughters Fiona and Majella, his brothers Michael and Pa, his sisters Betty and Helen and a wide circle of other relatives. To all of them our sincerest sympathy is extended on their sad loss.

Remembering the
Creamery

The old and historic “creamery”, later to become Waterford Co-Op, Waterford Foods, and today “Glanbia”, will be remembered in the most meaningful way this Friday evening when a commemorative plaque will be erected at the Medical Centre as one enters the Shandon Shopping Centre, and at a point where the creamery once stood.

The initiative has been taken by the Town Council to whom great credit is due for doing so, and the expectation is that many of the former employees as well as a significant number of the present members of staff will turn out for a ceremony that is timed for 5.15 p.m.

The occasion will be graced by the presence of the mayor of Dungarvan Cllr. Teresa Wright who is a former member of the co-op company and who played a leading role in the decision to erect the commemorative plaque.

Well Done Declan

A man of many parts is Declan Terry of Old Parish, and an extremely talented man too. The release of his CD “The Journey And The Dream” following Waterford’s qualification for the All-Ireland hurling final was another piece of Declan Terry genius, and as is so typical of the man he decided to donate all of the proceeds from its sale. As a result he has now handed over cheques for 3,250 euros each to the South East Cancer Foundation and to the Waterford Hurlers Fund.

“The Journey And The Dream” monologue was written by Declan himself and of coursed performed by him to perfection. It was the super hit it deserved to be, and no words of thanks are deep enough to convey what everyone feels about Declan. Well done young man, and here’s to many more such efforts in the future.

Passing Of Esteemed Businessman

An integral part of life itself in Abbeyside has been taken away by the recent passing of Matthew(Matt) Organ who, as briefly reported in last week’s column, answered the Final Call in the presence of his wife and family at his home. He was in his 79th year.

A member of one of Abbeyside’s best known, most popular, and respected families, Matt, like so many others at the time, took the emigrant boat to England to seek out his fortune as a young adult. He became involved in the construction industry in London and joined the biggest company of its day, McAlpines, with whom he soon became a very highly skilled scaffolder.

Matt worked long and hard and was involved in the construction of many of London’s biggest projects of that time. Eventually however he decided to go it alone and carved out a hugely successful business of his own.

Always an Abbeyside and a Waterford man however, the lure of home was always strong with Matt, and it came as no major surprise when he decided to dig up his London roots and return to live in Abbeyside.

One of the first things he did on his return was to purchase one of the landmark pubs, the Village Inn, which to this day is in the Organ family and being run by Matt’s daughter Mary.

As a friend and as a gentleman you would travel many a mile to encounter better than Matt Organ. His affable company was a delight to share, and no one was ever more expendable than Matt when it came to lending a helping hand or doing someone a good turn.

In recent times Matt was in rather poor health, and in truth he suffered greatly in the final days of his terminal illness. But as is so typical of the man, he bore that illness with understanding and fortitude which were among his most outstanding traits of character.

Abbeyside has lost a true legend, and countless people in Dungarvan and beyond have lost a valued friend.

A measure of the esteem in which Matt was held was reflected n the vast concourse that accompanied the removal of his remains from the Drohan Funeral Home to Abbeyside Parish Church and also at the subsequent Requiem Mass and burial in the adjoining cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Anne, his son John, his daughter Mary, his brothers, sisters, and a wide circle of other relatives. To all of them our sincerest sympathy is extended.

Top Economist In Clonea

Under the initiative of the Waterford County Enterprise Board, one of the country’s leading economists, author, broadcaster and journalist David McWilliams, spoke at Clonea Hotel on Monday night outlining his views on the outlook for business in the depth of the current economic difficulties bedevilling the country.

McWilliams is certainly a man who calls a spade a spade, and his views on the economic future for our country were highly interesting to say the very least.

Happy Retirement John

One of our best known and most popular community members, John Young, Hillview Drive, retired from his post with the ESB last weekend after more than forty years in the employment of the company.

John is particularly well known for his knowledge of maritime matters, and a historian par excellence who has even penned a few books of immense local historical interest relating to the sea and seafarers of the locality.

As an employee too he was among the very best and his retirement has certainly been well and honourably earned.

His retirement also coincided with his 60th birthday and to mark the double occasion of retirement and birthday family and friends gathered in big numbers at the Tudor House hostelry last weekend for what proved to be one mighty craic of a party.

I know that I am speaking on behalf of his many friends in wishing John a long, happy, and healthy retirement. He deserves nothing less.

New Centre

It was a red letter day for the local community last Thursday with the official opening of a brand new Community Care Development Centre on a site provided by the Presentation Sisters at Mitchel Terrace.

The occasion marked the completion of five years of hard work on the part of a lot of people, and the final outcome is a quite magnificent facility of which Dungarvan can be justifiably proud.

Funding for the project has come from a number of different quarters including three Govt. departments.

Already seven projects are catered for at the centre with more, hopefully, to follow in due course. Hundreds of people daily are being catered for ranging in age from one year to senior citizenship. Meals on Wheels are accommodated there also and its pure and simply a magnificent facility from which every age group will be a beneficiary.

Sincere congratulations to everyone who has made it all possible, and if I will a special mention in that regard has to be made of the project co-ordinator Eleanor McGrath. Take a very major bow Eleanor, and here’s to a hugely successful future for the centre.

Indisposed

His legion of friends will be wishing a full and speedy recovery to GAA legend Seamas O’Brien of Murphy Place, Abbeyside, who is a patient at the Waterford Regional Hospital at present where he underwent surgery last week.

Seamas is one of our most respected citizens, and for more years than anyone would care to remember has been involved in GAA administration at all levels from club to County Board to Central Council on which he represents his native county.

Recent Deaths

Sadly we must record the passing again last week of three more greatly respected members of our community, Peg Feeney of Murphy Place, John Connery, Park Terrace,and Maureen Beresford of Glendine House.

John, who is survived by his wife Maire, and sisters Carmel and Kathleen, was removed to St. Mary’s Parish Church last Friday evening and following Requiem Mass last Saturday was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

Peg Feeney, a lady of immense esteem, was removed to Abbeyside Parish Church also last Friday and following Requiem Mass on Saturday was buried in St. Laurence’s cemetery in Ballinroad.

Maureen Beresford hailed from the most eminent of farming stock, and was one of the truly esteemed elder statespersons within the community. She will be very greatly missed.

Next week D.V. the column will carried detailed obituaries on all three deceased.

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