Shock at sudden death of Pat Redmond (49)
The communities of Wexford town and Rathnure were united in grief this week following the shock death of gregarious Patrick (Pat) Remdond.
Pat who was 49 years old died unexpectedly in his sleep in the early hours of Wednesday morning, shortly after he returned home from his night shift at Irish Pride in Taghmon.
A native of Rathnure Upper Pat has been living in Liam Mellows Park with wife Attracta (nee Kehoe) and mother in law Eileen for the past 26 years. The couple went on to have two children, Jack (21) and Grace (18).
Pat was very popular worker at Irish Pride where he had worked for the past 26 years. He was well liked by all his colleagues who had many happy memories of him.
For many moving in with your mother in law wouldn't be an appealing prospect but Eileen said that Pat was like a son to her. 'We got on great. We had great craic here during the days when everyone else was out. He was like a son to me.'
A very outgoing man Pat had a word for everyone and was very well regarded throughout the county.
The son of the late John and Marcella Pat is one of five siblings and leaves behind his brother Seamus and sisters Betty, Mary and Anne. Although he settled into town living Rathnure and the Enniscorthy district held a very special place in his heart. He was often up in Caim visiting his sister Betty and her family.
Of course this was also fuelled by his love of car rallying and motorbike rallying - a love he passed onto his son and nephews.
Pat was a familiar sight at various rally events around the county and beyond helping to steward and generally lend a hand to ensure the safe, smooth running of a rally. Both his children were a great source of pride to him and Jack was seldom far from his side while Grace was the apple of his eye.
Pat also loved going out socially although the couple didn't get out much as a result of Pat's work. However when they did get out they loved the craic and camaraderie with all their friends and neighbours.
In his youth Pat played hurling with Rathnure and was a keen supporter of the local and county hurling teams.
Over the years he picked up the nickname Barney although noone can quite remember why. Regardless the name stuck and many people referred to him as Barney.
Pat and Attracta were both looking forward to an impending trip to Scotland and the couple who were devoted to each other were going to see a number of fife and drum bands over there.
He is survived by his loving wife Attracta, son Jack, daughter Grace. mother in law Eileen, brother Seamus, sisters Betty, Mary and Anne, brothers-in-law, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, extended family and friends.
His remains reposed at Kearney's Funeral Home until removal Saturday to Clonard Church for Requiem Mass with burial in Rathnure Cemetery.