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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Jimmy Goggins was a devoted family man

The late Jimmy Goggins.
The late Jimmy Goggins.

A man of few words but great heart, Jimmy Goggins, who passed away earlier this month, will be remembered in the New Ross and Wexford area for generations to come for his charm, wit and gentle nature.

Late of The Maudlins, Jimmy is survived by his wife Rosie; sons Paddy, Gerry, Jimmy, Johnny, Bill, Tom, Mikie and Joe; daughters, Ann and Betty; grandchildren, eight of whom are named after him; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; extended family and many friends.

Jimmy was born and reared in Mary's Lane, Wexford. From a large family, he was the last of his generation of the Goggins family in Wexford.

Jimmy met Rosie Connors of Rosbercon in New Ross and would ride his bicycle to the historic town twice a week to see Rosie while courting her, returning to Wexford in the evenings in all kinds of weather.

He worked with Pierce's Foundry and with Thomas Holden and married his beloved Rosie in 1951 in the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon.

The happy couple lived in the Ballyhale, Mullinavat, area for a number of years and both Jimmy and Rosie did some wheeling and dealing over the following 50 years, making many friends in the process.

Jimmy's son Johnny described him as a gentleman who kept to himself and was very witty.

'He loved to hear gossip from whenever we were playing sport growing up or at a wedding. He was a devoted family man, married to my mother for 66 years. He lived the old fashioned ways and was never out of the house. He had a brilliant memory right up until the day he died.'

Jimmy attributed his long years of married life to exiting the room when things got hot, returning later in the day to find that everything was rosy and calm in the kitchen again.

A man who enjoyed sport, especially hurling and handball, Jimmy was proud of his children's success in numerous competitions over the years. A loyal and honest man, he would always be seen with Rosie and she was never without Jimmy.

Jimmy passed away peacefully on March 28 aged 91. A massive crowd - including members of well-known Wexford sporting families - attended his funeral mass at the Church of The Assumption, Bride Street, Wexford, and burial afterwards at St Stephen's Cemetery, New Ross.

At his funeral his good friend Victor Furness paid tribute to 'one of life's great gentlemen'. He said: '66 years ago he brought Rosie to their little palace in Mary's Lane, a small hidden house in a quiet corner. Plain and ordinary on the outside but fantastically beautiful on the inside, much like Jimmy himself. He lived a full life and caused hurt or harm to no one.'

Jimmy's family wish to thank the staff at Northgate Medical Centre for their care and everyone at New Ross Community Hospital where Jimmy spent two months prior to his passing.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.

Wexford People