There is a deep sense of sadness across county Longford today following the death of Drumlish man Gerry Brady.
A former history and English teacher at Moyne Community School and Fine Gael local area representative for nearly 30 years, Mr Brady suffered ill health in recent weeks and he passed to his eternal reward on Thursday, April 23 surrounded by his family.
Just two weeks ago his beloved wife Elizabeth was laid to rest after battling a short illness.
Fine Gael Deputy James Bannon described the late Gerry Brady as a wonderful servant who worked with diligence and commitment throughout his life.
â€œI had the privilege of sitting beside Gerry for eighteen years on Longford County Council where he served the people with diligence and commitment for twenty-nine years as a public representative,â€ Deputy Bannon added.
â€œThe community of Drumlish and the wider Longford region are in a state of sadness following the passing of Gerry. He entwined himself in his local community as a public representative, teacher, farmer and sportsman.
â€œHis political legacy was his commitment to the people of the Drumlish electoral area. His service to others is well known, he had the gift of being a peoples person where he connected with everybody he knew.â€
The local TD then went on to share some of his memories of Mr Brady after both men shared a political career that spanned the best part of 30 years.
â€œGerry was proud to have become the third generation of his family to serve on Longford County Council as he succeeded his mother Mary Ellen and Grandfather, James Kane. He was particularly pleased to see his son, Paraic, take the seat last May,â€ said Deputy Bannon.
â€œComing from a highly respected family, Gerry was naturally good humoured, friendly and was one of natureâ€™s kindest gentlemen. Gerryâ€™s passing is particularly poignant given that it occurred just two weeks after his wife Elizabeth passed away.â€
Meanwhile, a fortieth anniversary celebration at Moyne Community school will go ahead on Saturday afternoon after members of the board of management consulted with Mr Bradyâ€™s family. Gerry Brady was in fact on the schoolâ€™s board of management up until very recently.
â€œToday our school community was touched by the sadness of the passing of our dear friend and colleague Gerry Brady,â€ a statement read.
â€œGerry will be fondly remembered as a great teacher of English and history with a great sense of humour. He taught in the Latin School before becoming a member of staff of Moyne when we opened.
â€œHe retired in 2009 and served on our Board of Management for 30 years up until his passing. Great stories and memories of Gerry were shared by many in the school today and his passing felt with great sadness by the many visitors to the school who shared their memories of time in his class.â€
The statement went on to clarify that after consultation with Gerryâ€™s family, the Trip down Memory Lane event this Saturday would now go ahead as planned.
â€œPerhaps those of us who can be there will share some more memories of him and we will also use the opportunity to open a book of condolence for those that visit and will pass it on to Gerryâ€™s family.â€
Reposing at his residence from 12 noon until 9pm today (Friday, April 24), Gerry Bradyâ€™s removal for Funeral Mass take place on Saturday morning at 11am to St Maryâ€™s Church, Drumlish, followed by burial in New Cemetery. House is private on Saturday morning. Family flowers only, donations, in lieu, to St Lukeâ€™s or Longford Hospice.
He is survived by his sons and daughters Damien, Paraic, Gary, Lisa, Aine, Orla, Cian and their extended families. May he Rest in Peace.