Monday 14 October 2019

Sadness at death of builder Pat Neville

FAMILY OF the late Pat Neville, a prominent Wexford builder and GAA stalwart who passed away in America, are this week sadly awaiting the arrival of his remains home to his native county for burial.

Pat, of Alma House, Park, Wexford, and late of Bannow, passed away while in America last week at the age of 62 years following an illness.

His passing is mourned by his wife Brigid, children Padraig, Sinead, Anthony and Niamh, mother Cathy, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends.

Pat was exceptionally wellknown through his building business and also his dedication to the GAA.

Originally from Bannow, Pat was one of eight children to parents Cathy and the late William Neville, with brothers Seamus, Liam, Brendan, Colm and Anthony and sisters Maura and Ann.

Following his schooling he entered the family construction business, William Neville and Sons, before going out on his own and establishing Pat Neville and Sons Ltd. in the late 1980s

The company was initially involved in contract work for local authorities in Co. Wexford, Carlow and Dublin and some general contracting, however, in the mid 1990s moved to the development of small and large private housing in Co. Wexford, Carlow, Dublin and Louth.

The company portfolio included numerous housing developments, hotels and commercial units such as Stillorgan Park Hotel, Glenview Hotel, Co Wicklow, Brackenwood, Balbriggan, Riverside Drive, Dundalk, Ard Alainn, New Ross and Woodside, Bettystown. The company was also involved in building several housing developments in Drogheda, Co Louth, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, and in New Ross, Gorey and Courtown.

Over the years Pat built up quite a successful building business and was a large employer.

Aside from his building prominence, Pat was heavily involved in the GAA and dedicated a huge amount of his time to the Bannow/ballymitty GAA Club. He was the club Chairperson on two different occasions was also the Treasurer of the club and was the club's main sponsor for years.

He was also involved in the Wexford Park Development Committee and was one of the driving forces behind the redevelopment of Wexford Park. As well as that he was a major sponsor of Wexford underage hurling over the last number of years, with his sponsorship solely for the promotion and coaching of hurling for the underage sectors. At the time of going to press yesterday (Tuesday) evening there were no funeral arrangements in place.