Paddy Geoghegan 1929-2009

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International Man Of The Year 2005

Paddy Geoghegan 1929-2009

Irish World Heritage Centre News - December 2005

County Carlow International Man Of The Year

We wish to extend heartiest congratulations to our Vice President, Paddy Geoghegan, who has recently been presented with the County Carlow International Man of the Year Award. He and Marcella travelled over to his home county earlier this month to a special reception in his honour.

It was a proud homecoming, after almost fifty years in Manchester, to celebrate the occasion with family, friends and neighbours. Paddy was born in Staplestown Road, Carlow in 1929. He was educated in the Christian Brothers School, Carlow. He began work in 1943 in the Boot Factory and remained there until its closure in 1948.

In January 1949 Paddy joined his sister in Richmond, London where he worked in the construction industry for two years. In 1949 Paddy joined the RAF and served for three years in Egypt. Following his time in the RAF he returned to Carlow and worked in the Sugar Factory for a time.

In 1957 he moved to Manchester where he joined regular employment with Unilever until it closed in 1984. From 1957 he was involved in his Trade Union and enrolled in the Labour Party holding several positions from Ward Chairman to Constituency Party Chairman.

He was elected to Trafford Council in 1982 where he served until 1986.

He was on the Governing Body of four schools, three Catholic and one Church of England. From the time of his arrival to Manchester in 1957 Paddy Geoghegan was very much involved in the Irish community. He was elected to the Management Committee of the Irish World Heritage where he is now Vice President.

He was a founder member of the Carlow Association Manchester in 1991 and was elected as the first Chairman went on to become its President, a position he held for a number of years. He remains an active member of the Carlow Association and currently holds the position of Treasurer.

As Chairman of the Carlow Association he initiated a programme in which the Association nominates a charity to benefit from contributions made at the Carlow Manchester Annual Dinner. Over the past thirteen years many organisations received help amongst them were St. Francis House Hospital for terminally ill children and Irish Community Care.

All the fellow members of the Irish World Heritage Centre Management Committee wish to convey their congratulations and thanks to you for all your outstanding work, Paddy. This is an award and honour you rightly deserve.

Source: Irish World Heritage Centre News - December 2005

Death of 2005's International Carlow Person of the Year

CARLOW recently suffered the loss of Paddy Geoghegan, on 5 March 2009, A native of Carlow, originally from the Staplestown Road, Paddy left for England in 1948, He joined the Royal Air Force in 1951 and served in Egypt for five years, in 1957, Paddy relocated to Manchester, where he decided to settle and make his home. He joined the Labour Party in 1982 and was duly elected as councillor for the Stretford area. In 1991, he was elected onto the committee of the Irish World Heritage Association. He served on this committee for many years, where he was committed to supporting the heritage and values of Ireland. During this time, he became involved with Manchester Irish Radio, and his voice was often heard over the air conducting interviews with Irish people  both local and global, paying tributes to those both living and passed, and always supporting Irish music.

Shortly afterwards, Paddy, with the support and encouragement of wife Marcella, became the founding member of the Carlow Association in Manchester. They identified the need to create and maintain links between all Carlovians living in Manchester, the rest of Britain, and Ireland itself. Thus the Carlow Association Manchester was created. This association supported numerous Manchester and Carlow charities over the years, including Delta Centre Carlow, Heart Foundation Manchester, Irish Community Care and Children's Hospice Manchester. In addition, monies raised in many charity events were used to support Carlow people living in Manchester who had prolonged illness or suffered bereavement.

Paddy and Marcella were regular attendees at Birmingham and London Carlow Association functions, In 2000, Paddy showed the initial signs of his illness and he was eventually diagnosed with heart failure. Despite this diagnosis, Paddy continued his commitment to the association and travelled to Carlow with Marcella on many occasions.

In 2005, Paddy was honoured in Carlow as 'International Carlow Person of the Year'. This was a most prestigious honour to be bestowed on him and one he treasured greatly. At his funeral in St Johns Church, High Lane, Stockport, Tony Lloyd MP paid a moving tribute to Paddy and the many elements of his commitment to his constituency. His cousin Eileen Brophy also paid a personal tribute on behalf of his family and recognised the respect and high esteem in which Paddy was held by Carlow Town Council and the fact that three members of Carlow local councils were attending the funeral to officially pay their respects: cllrs Tom O'Neill and Loraine Hynes of Carlow Town Council and cilr Des Hurley of Carlow County Council.

Paddy Geoghegan was a people person, loved by so many, and his everlasting sense of friendship, his gift of caring and sharing, his recognition that everyone has a right to be heard and his willingness to listen, and his pure pride in everything Irish, especially everything Carlovian. will be sadly missed.

Previously published in 'The Nationalist, May 8th 2009

Source: Michael Purcell

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