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Tributes paid to Galway Ploughing Association Honorary President

Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 1:01am

On the 21st December Paddy Tarpey passed away quietly from this life after a short illness.

Paddy, who would have today (Wednesday) celebrated his 89th birthday, will be remembered with deep affection as a great family man; a friendly and courteous neighbour and most of all a dear friend to everyone and this was borne out by the numerous callers to the Tarpey home where he reposed and the numbers who attended the Mass in Kiltullagh Church.

There was a special Guard of Honour from the County Galway Ploughing Association, the local Vintage Club and neighbours as his funeral left Kiltullagh for Oranmore Cemetery.

His passing creates a void in the community where he was well known far and wide in ploughing circles; the local vintage club and the marts.

He held the position of Honorary President of County Galway Ploughing Association for 15 years and his last meeting was in November when he attended the AGM and was elected Honorary President for the coming year.

He spent many years as chief gate collector at the National Ploughing Championships and the County Ploughing Championships. Paddy will be remembered most as a farmer in the local community of Esker and Kiltullagh.

In his earlier years some of his farming included dairy supplying milk to Mid West Creamery as it was known then.

He was a great judge of livestock and won many prizes at shows for sheep and cattle. In later years he prided himself in fattening the best of Charolais bullocks. Paddy was a great supporter of the Redemptorists Fathers in Esker, sitting on the board of the fundraising committee, parking cars at the Solemn Novenas and a life-long friend of Brother John Long. Paddy who lived life to the full, loved the social life and all types of Irish music, especially céili music. He also had a great interest in hurling and card games. He was a lifetime member of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association and was a recipient of the Golden Pin.

May his gentle soul Rest in Peace.

To his wife Mary daughters Anne, Fionnuala, Deirdre and Maire, sisters Gertie and Eva and family members, County Galway Ploughing Association extend their sincere sympathy.

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