Death of Cllr Pat Doran, Carnew

By Dan Walsh

The death has occurred of former Cllr Pat Doran, (in his 81st year) first elected as a member for Wicklow County Council in 1985 who retired following the April meeting of 2019 – having given almost 35 years of dedicated public service to the Carnew district.

Born in Lismore, Co. Waterford, his parents were from Wexford and he attended Ballyellis National School. Cllr Doran spent eleven years in the UK and worked in the building trade for a long time before taking up farming at Tomacork, near Carnew.


He spent 30 years working as a cattle buyer for Slaney Meats, Clohamon, an occupation which led on neatly enough to politics through the constant meeting people involved.

Cllr Doran found political inspiration in the Fianna Fáil party first in 1970, and later followed his hero into local politics, the late Paudge Brennan (1922-1998), who was 25 years TD for Wicklow.

When elected to the county council for the first time in 1985, he scraped in by 20 votes, but from there, he survived seven elections. The only time that Cllr Doran lost out was when he was unsuccessful in his bid to take a seat in Leinster House.

FAMILY NOTICE; Pat Doran (Cllr), Tomacork, Carnew, peacefully at his daughter Colette’s home, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Mary, and loving father of James, Patrick, Kevin, Colette and Brian. Deeply regretted by his loving family, brothers John, Peter and James, sisters Sr. Clement, Sr. Julie, Margaret and Essie, grandchildren Mark, Amy, Máire, Pádraig, Ciarán, Séamus, Dan, Rhianna, Toni, Ella, Sophie, Leah and Faye, great grandson Johnny Peter, daughters-in-law Eileen, Catherine, Nuala and Deirdre, son-in-law James, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives, neighbours and many friends. R.I.P.

Removal from his home on Tuesday at 1.30pm to Tomacork Church, arriving for Funeral Mass at 2pm, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Funeral Mass will be streamed (link to follow). Donations, if desired, to South Wicklow Hospice Homecare. Please adhere to Government and HSE advice always regarding Covid guidelines.

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