A passionate farmer who was known as ‘The Boss’ by everyone
Patrick (Paddy) Wright of Ballymore, Killinick passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 20 at the age of 100.
Born in Sigginstown, Tomhaggard in 1919, Paddy lived there until he met and married the love of his life Nell Redmond. The couple then took up residence in County Meath where three children of their children were born and where Paddy worked as a farm manager on a large estate.
After returning to Wexford Paddy and Nell lived in Rosslare Harbour where he was employed as a building contractor for many years. He and Nell then bought their own farm in Graherogue, Killinick.
To this end, Paddy was given one cow and one calf by his father which he built up to a fine Fresian herd over many years. Meanwhile Paddy and Nell's family had expanded to ten children, two of whom, Noel and Rose Marie, sadly passed away.
Paddy and Nell were married for 71 years before Nell passed away on November 6, 2014.
Paddy was a passionate farmer and family man throughout his life and had a strong interest in politics. Through his membership of the IFA (Irish Farmer's Association) and the BVA he pursued the rights of farmers and he eventually became the National Chairman of the BVA and Vice-President of the IFA. He was a tireless advocate for those who worked the land and was involved in the establishment of the farmer's co-operative in Wexford.
Paddy was also a great supporter of his local St. Fintan's GAA club and was very proud of all his sons who participated in the sport.
He suffered many serious incidents in his long life; a tractor he was driving slipped into a deep trench and he was caught between a wheel and a roller and ended up in hospital for ten weeks. Upon being attacked by a bull Paddy was saved by two of his sons and he had a head-on collision with an American car which was driving on the wrong side of the road.
He and Nell made the headlines when their car was hit by the Dublin - Rosslare train as they were crossing the line to go over Wexford Bridge. Paddy also survived both a heart attack and a stroke.
Known affectionally as 'The Boss', Paddy loved the cut and thrust of politics and was an avid Fianna Fáil supporter for years. In later years he liked nothing better than to walk the fields counting his cattle, and enjoyed reading the Irish Independent and watching all the political programmes on television. He also ensured he kept abreast of local news by reading the People paper, something he did right up until the day he died.
One of the greatest highlights of Paddy's life was the celebration of his 100th birthday on March 15 of this year. It was celebrated in the Farmer's Kitchen and all his family, friends and old comrades came together and were delighted to hear him singing three of his favourite songs accompanied by his granddaughter Katie, before finally retiring some time around midnight.
A month before he passed he was talking about how he was going to celebrate his 101st and was looking forward to it. Unfortunately it was not to be and he passed very peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, August 20. He is sadly missed by his daughters Violet and Irene, and sons Des, Brendan, John, Bob, Pat and Tony and his grandchildren, great grandchildren and his first great, great grandchild Paudie (who was born a week before Paddy's passing) his brothers, sisters, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, extended family, friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace.