Death of former Cllr Jimmy Curtis

By Dan Walsh

Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Ger Carthy, is leading the community and county in paying tribute to former Cllr Jimmy Curtis, (82), 39 years a member of Wexford County Council, whose sad passing was announced this evening.

“This evening, a true gentleman, a man who was an institution in his area in all aspects of rural life departed this earth and we can be sure of one thing, he’s managing some tug of war team to a world championship – that wouldn’t be a first for him. My deepest sympathies to his family,” said Cllr Carthy, who added: “He shared that chamber for all those years with my late father, Leo.”


A native of Loughnageer, Foulksmills, Jimmy Curtis was co-opted to Wexford County Council on the Fianna Fáil ticket in May 1970 as replacement for John Furlong, Duncormick, who resigned. He was re-elected in subsequent elections and served as Chairman of Wexford County Council in 1983, 1986 and 1994.

Cllr Curtis was 39 years a member of Wexford County Council until losing his seat in the 2005 Local Authority Elections. His loss was attributed to the erosion of his support following the revision of electoral boundaries in his political heartland.

He was a member of the Co. Wexford Ploughing Association and Chairman of Wexford County Council in 1994 and was influential in bringing the National Ploughing Championships to Drumgoold, Enniscorthy, that year.

His other passion was tug o’war. He was one of the founders of the Tug O’War Association in 1967 and with his local team from Clongeen was successful locally, nationally and internationally and served on the European Tug O’War Federation for decades.

JAMES ‘Jimmy’ CURTIS, Loughnageer, Foulksmills. Former member of Wexford County Council, National Ploughing Association, Irish and International Tug of War Associations. Who died suddenly at home on 24th of August 2020. Cherished husband of Agnes, beloved father of Mary, Frank, The late Deirdre, Una, Edel, Colette, Seamus, Donal and Emer. Very sadly missed by his loving wife, sons, daughters, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he Rest in Peace

Due to Government advice regarding public gatherings, a private family funeral for Jimmy will take place on Wednesday, 26th August, in St. Aidan’s Church, Clongeen at 2pm followed by burial in the new cemetery, Clongeen.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his family on their sad loss. RIP.

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