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The Leinster Leader 8 February 1941

The late Mr. Patrick Daly, Naas

Widespread regret has been occasioned by the death, which occurred on Sunday last, of Mr. Patrick (Pat) Daly, after a short illness. Deceased belonged to a highly respected Naas family, who have been resident in the town for many years and his demise came as a terrible shock to his family and numerous friends in all parts of the country. Poignancy is added to this very sad event by reason of the fact that he is the third of the family to have succumbed within the short space of seven or eight months.

The later Mr. Daly, or Pat, as he was more familiarly known, had a rather eventful career. He took an active part in the Irish Boy Scout Movement at the time of the Anglo-Irish war, and after the Treaty became a member of the National Army. A couple of years ago he joined the Irish Brigade that went to Spain under General O’Duffy, and fought all through those terrible months of civil war in that country for the cause of General Franco. More recently he enrolled in the L.D.F. and held the rank of Quartermaster in Newbridge, where he was employed by Irish Ropes, Ltd. Quiet and unassuming, he was a good comrade and friend, and was immensely popular with all classes, who will extend their commiseration to his sorrowing family on their irreparable loss.

The funeral, which took place to St. Corban’s Cemetery on Tuesday last, was very largely attended, and spoke volumes of the sincere regard in which deceased was held by the people of the town. Prior to the cortege leaving the Church of Our Lady and St. David, members of the Naas L.D.F., under Group Leader W. Daly and Section Leaders J. Dowling and C. Lendrum with Assistant Section Leader W. O’Neill, who fought at the side of the deceased soldier in Spain, paraded at the Naas Garda Station. A firing party of eight, under Assistant Group Leader J. Dempsey and Adjutant J. Greene, attended from Newbridge, in addition to many others of his L.D.F. comrades from the town. The entire party then proceeded to the Church, and the cortege slowly wended its way to St. Corban’s Cemetery, the Naas L.D.F. forming the pall bearers.

In the Cemetery three volleys were fired over the grave and the Last Post was sounded by a bugler from the Curragh Command. Very Rev. P. J. Doyle, P.P., officiated at the graveside, assisted by Rev. Father Phelan.

The chief mourners were: Mr. Patrick Daly and Mrs. Daly (parents); Mr. John Daly (brother). Naas Urban Council, on Tuesday night, voted sympathy to the family and relatives of the late Mr. Daly.


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