TRIBUTES have been paid to the former county registrar of Limerick who passed away this week aged 82.
Judge Carroll Moran led the tributes in Limerick Circuit Court yesterday to Brian Geary, of Verona Villas, O’Connell Avenue in the city, who was registrar for 28 years, from 1972 to 2000, and retired after his 70th birthday.
Judge Moran said the late Mr Geary would be “sadly missed” by all his colleagues in court, describing him as “a man of the highest integrity” and someone who had the “best values of the old generation.”
He described the court registrar as the most important person in the circuit court structure.
“He believed in the adage that there’s no substitute for good manners,” said Judge Moran.
He said he was someone who was “very precise” in his work, and someone who was impossible to argue with.
The judge said the late registrar was “very reserved”, very interested in history and had an “eccentric interest in car rallying.”
He expressed condolences with his widow Mary, and his son and daughter, both of whom are solicitors.
Pat Meghan, the current county registrar, said his predecessor was “most helpful”, and was an expert when it came to elections, and in particular the proportional representation system.
State prosecutor John O’Sullivan, BL, said he would be remembered by barristers with “respect and great affection”.
State solicitor Michael Murray said he learned a lot from his former colleague, adding that the one thing he didn’t learn was how not to fit with his colleagues.
His funeral mass was held in St. Joseph’s Church, O’ Connell Avenue yesterday, and he was buried afterwards in Mount St. Oliver Cemetery.