Tributes paid to former Limerick Chamber president

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Long-time friends, the former PD leader Des OMalley and Paddy OSullivan pictured at last years Chamber awards
WARM tributes have been paid to former Limerick Chamber of Commerce president Paddy O’Sullivan, who was laid to rest this Wednesday.

WARM tributes have been paid to former Limerick Chamber of Commerce president Paddy O’Sullivan, who was laid to rest this Wednesday.

Mr O’Sullivan passed away in the University Hospital Limerick last Friday surrounded by his family.

A book of condolences has opened at the Chamber offices in 96 O’Connell Street following the sad death of the Corbally man, who was also a supporter of Desmond O’Malley and the Progressive Democrats, plus a well-respected Gaeilgeoir.

He set up the Southill Gaelscoil, and was also instrumental in helping ensure that Gaelcholaiste Luimni at Sir Harry’s Mall in the city was opened.

Former PD councillor Brigid Teefy said: “He was a great man. He had a very long and celebrated career.”

She said his life was one “lived to the full”, adding: “He was always a very interesting man, very committed to Limerick and the region, and very committed to the airport.

“He was very committed to the Irish language, and very committed to Limerick. He gave of his time very generously.”

Paddy served as Chamber president in 1987, and was made an honorary member in 1998.

In 2012, the then president Gordon Kearney bestowed the President’s Award on him.

Although only president once, Mr Kearney recalled how Paddy remained a highly active and cherished member throughout the years.

“He was dedicated to everything the Chamber did and all the causes that were important for Limerick and the Chamber.

“His attendance at every meeting called was impeccable. He was hands-on, and had a very forceful contribution to every debate and issue which came up,” he said.

“Paddy, I felt, always stayed heavily involved in the Chamber and was always pro-active in anything which could benefit the Chamber and Limerick.”

Mr O’Sullivan wife Mary (nee Mulcahy) died in 2009. He is survived by sons Eoin, Fearghal, Roisin and Cormac, plus daughters-in-law, grandchildren, his extended family, many colleagues, relatives and friends.