Saturday 17 August 2019

Much sadness at sudden passing of well-known Wexford activist

The late Brendan 'Wackey' Dempsey
The late Brendan 'Wackey' Dempsey

THE SAD death has taken place at the age of 49 of well-known Wexford town activist Brendan (Wackey) Dempsey.

Wexford county councillor Deirdre Wadding described Wackey as 'a giant of a man and a larger than life character who made an impact on everyone who he met'.

'He was completely committed to social justice and fairness in our society and worked tirelessly in the area of homelessness, repossessions and evictions,' said Cllr Wadding, who knew Wackey through the water protest movement and through working out of the Hub in Wexford, which is based in the same building as People Before Profit.

'He was a political man who wanted to change the system, but didn't believe in parties,' she said.

In a Facebook entry, Wackey's grieving wife Marie said: 'I just want to say how humbled myself, our daughter Megan Dempsey and son Adam Dempsey are with the support, love and strength we have received this difficult week after Wackey passed away so suddenly.

'We as a family will continue with his passion for fighting against the misuse of power and the corrupt justice system in this wonderful country that he loved so dearly.'

Wexford businessman Frank Hynes described Wackey as a 'loving husband, a father, a son, an inspirational family member, and a friend, always with a smile'. 'Your presence on this earth will be sorely missed as another warrior is taken so young.'

Frank said he had known Wackey all his life and had at one time attended kick-boxing classes with him.

Owen Tansey wrote: 'A great man, well remembered, never forgotten,' while Safina Lett said, 'We lived as next-door neighbours for years in Kennedy Park and I always remember him laughing and smiling.'

Jackie McGrath said Wackey's passing had left a large gap in so many lives.

The beloved husband of Marie, father of Megan and Adam and son of Packie and Ann, he is sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughter, father, mother, sister Lorraine, father-in-law Frank, brothers-in-law, aunts, uncles, nephews, niece, relatives and many friends.

Wackey's Requiem Mass took place at Rowe Street Church last Thursday (July 16) followed by cremation the following day at Mount Jerome Crematorium.

Wexford People