Paddy Farrell was born in 1924 and died in 2018, all of those years were spent in his beloved Lecanvey except his latter days where ill health took him into The Pilgrim’s Rest. His love for Lecanvey never weakened and on every visit he enquired about Lecanvey, its residents and the goings on in the village.
He was schooled in Lecanvey and lived in Lecanvey all his life looking after his parents and keeping the home fire burning for his siblings. They returned regularly throughout the years until the recent passing of his last sibling Fr Francis Farrell.
Good nights were had around Paddy’s well-lit range, neighbours would call in for a chat which often turned into a good debate, a bit of craic and a whiskey.….A special stock of lucozade was always available for those not interested in whiskey! A great man for old stories and a mind master for dates made those visits with Paddy very interesting indeed.
Many a good debate was had at Paddy’s range and his famous one liner to avoid an argument at the end of a heated debate was “you might be right.…. but I don’t agree”. That finished any debate because you can’t really argue with that!
Living next to Lecanvey dance hall brought many a good tale, one that stuck in my mind is the story of “The morning after the night before”. This would be the Sunday morning after the Saturday night dance where Paddy would see his “cocks of hay” very disturbed from the socialising that would have taken place after the dance on Saturday night. He would then have the task of re-arranging the cocks of hay!
In latter years, my young boys had the pleasure of visiting Paddy and hearing some of his tales. He would always get their attention by saying “you’re not a good boy”…. swiftly followed by “you’re a great boy”. That always got a smile from them and the phrase is still used to this day.
Paddy was known to be a very “straight” man who owed nothing to anyone. When a job was being done Paddy would never be far away supervising from inside when weather would not allow him supervise from outside. As many a person said at his funeral as soon as the job was done Paddy would appear, put his hand in his inside pocket and pay. One man who often did work for Paddy said “you knew exactly where you stood with Paddy”.
He was a great neighbour and friend and will be greatly missed.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.