Johnny Brady RIP: Carrigallen lost one of its oldest and best loved citizens at the beginning of the month when the late Johnny Brady passed away at cavan General Hospital following a short illness.
John Stephen or Johnny as he was known locally was a very popular figure in the community and for several parishes around. Born at Moyne Co Longford Johnny came to Carrigallen at a very tender age where he lived with his aunt a local teacher from whom Johnny inheritaed a world of knowledghe which coupled with a wonderful memory made him an excellent conversationalist and someone to whom anyone was drawn because opf the vivid way he could recall events and people dating back almost 90 years. Johnny would have celebrated his 92 birthday on this St Stephen's day. An extensive farmer in his earlier years following his retirement he enjoyed trips to Carrigallen Arva and often to surrounding parishes to attend funerals where in compasny he could give a good rendering of many ballads. Blessed with good health almost right until the end which he attributed to plenty of exercise he could be seen as recently as last Autumn swinging his scythe in the meadow by his home which he kept in pristine condition. Johnny will be missed by his immediate family and by the wider community simply for being like he was always ready with a word of encouragement always optimist , always Christian in his comments. Johnny's removal & funeral brought huge numbers of people to say their last farewell before his remains were interred in Erren Cemetery.
Local corr JJ Rudden wishes all his readers a very happy & holy Christmas.