Thursday 14 November 2019

Paddy was a man for all seasons and trades

The late Paddy Ronan
The late Paddy Ronan

Paddy Ronan was an enterprising man who, throughout his life, had many businesses and passions, from horseracing to politics.

Late of South Street, New Ross, Paddy passed away peacefully on January 23 following a short spell at Wexford General Hospital.

He was brother to the late Billy Ronan, Frank Ronan, Helen Ronan and Betty Rackard, and is survived by his brother John Ronan and sisters Mary Hannah and Stephanie Goddard; children and grandchildren.

Paddy married Tessa O'Grady of Limerick in 1961 and they had nine children together: Billy, Frank, Benny, Pat, Paula, Jolly, Des, Eric and Stan. Tessa died very young and Paddy was fortunate to later meet and marry Yvonne Kelly with whom he had a sixth son, Simon.

Paddy was a cattle and sheep dealer with his father and helped to run the slaughterhouse at Three Bullet Gate and Ronan's butcher's shop in Mary Street. He had a newspaper and sweet shop at 2 Mary Street and then went into printing and stationery with a shop further up the hill.

Paddy did a stint as hotelier after buying White's Hotel in Duncannon and was then involved in the construction business when he set up Ferns Engineering. In his later years, Paddy worked alongside Yvonne baking for the well-known coffee shop on South Street and then the very popular Yvonne's Brown Bread.

Paddy had a great interest in politics and went on to represent his area at county level. During his political career he had a seat on the Harbour Board and was a town councillor for Fine Gael, going on to be elected county councillor and even running for TD.

Paddy was strong as an ox all his life and used his strength to fight his illness over the past two years. Paddy died very peacefully on Saturday, January 23, following a short spell at Wexford General Hospital.

He is sadly missed by his loving wife, Yvonne; children, Billy, Frank, Benny, Pat, Paula, Jolly, Des, Eric, Stan and Simon; grandchildren; brother John; sisters Stephanie and Mary; sons-in-law; daughters-in-law; nephews; nieces; relatives and friends.

Wexford People