Padraic Geraghty, Beloved 55-Year Mayo News Employee, Dies at 71

Padraic Geraghty, a dedicated employee of The Mayo News for 55 years, passed away at the age of 71, leaving behind a legacy as a loving family man, respected colleague, and passionate individual who made friends easily, with a strong connection to his community and the newspaper. The article celebrates his life, highlighting his contributions to The Mayo News, his love for family, farming, and football, and the impact he had on those around him. This description focuses on the primary topic of Padraic Geraghty's life and legacy, the main entities involved (Padraic, The Mayo News, and his family), the context of his life and work in Westport, and the significant actions and consequences of his life. The description also provides objective and relevant details that will help an AI generate an accurate visual representation of the article's content, such as his connection to the newspaper, his love for family and community, and his passions.

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Padraic Geraghty, Beloved 55-Year Mayo News Employee, Dies at 71

Padraic Geraghty, Beloved 55-Year Mayo News Employee, Dies at 71

Padraic Geraghty, a dedicated employee of The Mayo News for 55 years, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at the age of 71. He was remembered as a loving family man, respected colleague, and a passionate individual who made friends easily.

Born in 1953, Padraic was the first child of Paddy and Kathleen Geraghty. He grew up in Carnaclay, Westport, and worked on the land from a young age. At 16, he began working at The Mayo News as a printer and later became Production Manager. In 1988, he played a central role in the newspaper's transition from hot metal printing to a computerized system.

Padraic met his wife, Joan, in 1995 when she joined The Mayo News as a reporter. They had four children together: Nathan, Peter, Helen, and Mary. His family described him as a loving father who always put his family first. His son, Peter, recalled, "All our lives, we grew up knowing that The Mayo News had a special place in Dad's heart, and that the people he worked with there made up another family in his life."

At his funeral Mass in St. Mary's Church, Westport, Padraic was remembered for his love of family, commitment to The Mayo News, interest in farming, and passion for football. His children paid loving tributes to their father's life and legacy, describing him as a good talker, great listener, and young in spirit. His daughter, Helen, said, "Dad was deeply sensitive as to how people would feel reading news items and always considered things from both sides and made sure all angles were covered."

Padraic was a lifelong follower of the Mayo team and played corner back for Westport GAA. He was a proud member of the club's league title-winning team of 1975. A guard of honor was afforded to him by members of the club at his removal to and from the church. Fr. Denis Carney described Padraic as a man who always showed respect and appreciation for others and was willing to help others in any way he could.

Padraic's family and colleagues bid him a final farewell, remembering him as a loving family man, respected colleague, and a passionate individual who made friends easily. His legacy will be cherished by those who knew him, and his contributions to The Mayo News and the community will not be forgotten.

Key Takeaways

  • Padraic Geraghty, 71, passed away on May 9, 2024, after 55 years at The Mayo News.
  • He was a loving family man, respected colleague, and passionate individual.
  • Padraic worked at The Mayo News from age 16, becoming Production Manager and leading its digital transition.
  • He was a devoted father of four and a lifelong follower of the Mayo football team.
  • Padraic's legacy will be cherished by those who knew him, and his contributions will not be forgotten.