GAA stalwart Pat was an integral part of the community

Published 21/05/2016 | 00:00

The late Pat Leacy
The late Pat Leacy

the DEATH of Pat Leacy of Redinagh, Killurin, caused widespread sorrow in the parish of Glynn Barntown.

Pat will be fondly remembered for his character, for being a respected farmer, a stalwart of the GAA, and for the strength of his community spirit.

Pat lived all his life in Killurin and died at the aged of 72, having been widowed at 61 following the death of his beloved wife Mary.

He was instrumental in both the running and development of Glynn Barntown GAA Club, especially during the more difficult times in the 1970s.

From a young age Pat carried a dual responsibility as both a player and a club official. He served as club chairman, treasurer, secretary and in various other positions throughout a long and active tenure.

The esteem in which he was held by all members was evident through the Guard of Honour that turned out for his funeral, which stretched from the Reisk Road to the door of Glynn Church.

Pat's many friends will know that aside from the GAA, his other passion in life was horses. Pat was a successful farmer, his focus being the breeding of horses and he was well known for his good skill and judgement, in particular his nurturing of the renowned grey stallion 'Prospect Pride', the sire of many a winner.

His love and respect for horses played a poignant role in his funeral and the cortege was led form his home in Redinagh to the church in Glynn by by two grey horses.

Pat's funeral mass drew a large crowd of family and friends. Fr Pat Stafford delivered a moving homily, which conveyed the depth of his feeling for his long-time friend, as well as the affection of the community as a whole.

After a graveside oration given by prominent Glynn Barntown GAA member John Baron, there was a fitting tribute honouring Pat's life and achievements in the place of which he was very proud and devoted to, Glynn Barntown GAA Club.

Pat will be sadly missed by the community of which he was an integral part, his sons Padraig, Shay and Toirleach, his grandsons John, Seamus and Cathal, his sister Frances, his extended family and many friends.

May he rest in peace.

Wexford People

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