By Dan Walsh
Tributes have been paid to Paddy Cummins, poet, novelist, musician, loyal friend and native of Kilmannock, Campile, who was laid to rest yesterday (Wednesday).
Forced to drop out of school at the age of 15, Paddy got a job as a motor mechanic to contribute to the family finances of his parents and five siblings. He worked in the garage for ten years.
In ‘swinging sixties’ Paddy, gave his named to the seven-piece Paddy Cummins Showband from Campile that lasted for five years and were exceedingly popular in dance halls across the country until disbanded in 1965.
In 2000 Paddy took to writing a dozen books. His novels included In Love With Malta, Green Lodge, The Crying Sea and Dream Valley. I remember having him as a guest on Mid Week Voices (South East Radio) on a few occasions when he returned from Malta and he was also a keen follower of horse racing with a successful involvement on occasions.
Paddy (Patrick) Cummins (poet and novelist), Campile, New Ross; Loving father of the late Tommy and brother of the late Vinny, Simon and Brenda. Paddy passed away peacefully at the residence of his son Shane, at Duncormick, in the loving care of his family.
He will be deeply missed by his wife Mary Ann, sons Anthony, Kevin, Shane, daughters Celia, Joan, Helen, Carol, sons – in – law Jack, Franny, Georg and Ian, daughters – in – law Liz and Cathy, Anthony’s partner Michelle, grandchildren Dearbhla, Saoirse, Joanna, Clara, Rachel, Rebecca, Eva, Finn, Anna, great-grandchildren Ruadhan, Rossa, Jack, Daniel, Zanna, brothers Frances, Sonny, sisters – in – law, brothers – in – law, nieces, nephews, extended family and a wide circle of friends.
A private family funeral took place in accordance with current guidelines on Wednesday followed by private cremation. RIP.