Sadness as bachelor Pat (77) dies in fire at his home

By david looby

Published 10/02/2016 | 00:00

The late Pat Brennan
The late Pat Brennan

THE death of popular Rathnure character Patrick (Pat) Brennan in a fire at his home on Wednesday night has occasioned great sadness in the area.

Pat was the beloved son of the late Mary. He is sadly missed by his loving relatives, neighbours and friends.

Pat's remains were removed from his house at Grange Lane, Rathnure, on Wednesday evening and taken to University Hospital Waterford for a post mortem examination.

A block layer working on a house opposite Pat's home noticed the fire on Wednesday afternoon at around 5.30 p.m. and contacted emergency services.

He attempted to kick the door in but the flames were too strong and he was unable to get to Pat in time. Emergency services arrived at the scene at 6. p.m. but it was too late.

It is believed Pat passed away from smoke inhalation.

A neighbour of Pat's, who asked to remain anonymous, said: 'Pat was a decent old soul. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. He was born, grew up and lived in that house all his life.'

Pat worked for 45 years in the Monksgrange estate for Ben Hill, driving the tractor.

'He knew every inch of the place and when anything went wrong, even in retirement, he was asked to come and help fix it.'

Described as a very old fashioned man, Pat enjoyed a simple life.

He walked into Conran's pub for the occasional pint and was known for his computer-like memory, especially pertaining to anything to do with Wexford GAA.

'He was a jolly, pleasant man who looked after himself. He burned a lot of candles which he bought from.'

A man of great faith, Pat attended mass every Sunday in Rathnure where he would sit on his favourite stool inside the front door.

He was known for wearing his flat cap, for rambling from house to house in his friendly way and for his relaxed demeanour.

Pat had first cousins in Rathnure and enjoyed catching up on the local news in the village.

In recent times he was in the village less and less after suffering a health setback.

'He was one of the last characters of his kind. He always rambled from house to house.'

A large crowd attended Pat's funeral mass at St Anne's Church, Rathnure, on Saturday, and his burial afterwards in Rathnure Cemetery.

May he rest in peace.

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