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Saturday 20 April 2019

Well-known Wexford photographer dies aged 85

The late Paddy Kenny
The late Paddy Kenny

David Tucker

A well-known Wexford photographer has died at the age of 85.

Paddy Kenny, from Roxborough, passed away at Ardkeen Hospital on Sunday night (October 4).

Born in Carcur Cottages, in Wexford, on November 1, 1929, to Johanna McCarthy and James Kenny, Paddy was an only child. He was nine years old when electricity finally reached his house and like many of his peers spent his early years doing his homework by candlelight.

Contrast that with the modern-day Paddy who embraced new technology and loved nothing more than Skyping two of his sons who live abroad.

Paddy was well known as a transport manager at Staffords and also worked at Slaney Meats and Somers Commercials in Camolin, where he was in partnershp with Jim Somers.

He looked after all his hauliers going to the Continent and drivers often dropped off boxes of apples or other fresh produce in to his home on their return to Wexford.

Married to Peggy, Paddy had seven children, Brigid, Terri, Patrick, Roisin, Seamus, Michael and Sean. He taught his sons and daughters to be like himself and to think outside the box.

At a time when few people travelled abroad on holidays, Paddy took his family to France and other European destinations where they were exposed to foreign cultures.

Paddy was tough, but also charming, reliable and trustworthy, a standout character, and an expansive thinker.

When he found he had free time, he became a dedicated and accomplished photographer, specialising in panoramic photographs. While he embraced most modern technology, he preferred traditional photography, had an 'old fashioned' enlarger at his home and kept digital photography at a distance.

In 2009, he published a book of his panoramas 'Wexford and the South East.'

He also participated in the running of Masterpiece Gallery in Wexford town, a business set up by his sons and which was a perfect foil for his artistic talents.

Paddy is survived by his sons, daughters and grandchildren.

He is reposing at Mackens from 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, October 6), with removal at 6 p.m. to Bride Street Church where his funeral mass will take place at 12 noon tomorrow (Wednesday, October 7) followed by burial at Crosstown.

Paddy is sadly missed by all who knew him.

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