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Desmond Early

Source: Michael Purcell from PPP

Desmond Early 1965

A tribute from Nationalist and Leinster Times newspaper owner and editor, Liam D. Bergin.

Nationalist, January, 1965.

Carlow mourns the passing of Desmond Early.

Mr. Desmond Early, who died on Monday, the fortitude of a long and fatal illness over, was one of the most lovable and respected citizens of Carlow.

In his case one can say, without overworking a cliché, that he was truly one of "nature's gentlemen".

Carlow grew to know him when he returned from another career in the Far East to take over the legal business of his father, William Early, who died in the late 1930s - the old firm of P. J. Byrne, Solicitors, Dublin Street, Carlow.

The late Desmond Early, who had already chosen another career in foreign parts, set out to qualify as a solicitor.

An active athlete since his schooldays, he played Rugby Football for Trinity College Dublin and for Carlow.

Mr. Early was for some years a director of the Graigue-Cullen Corn and Coal Company.

He took an interest in many charitable works, and in recent years he was prominently associated with the foundation of the first Cheshire Home in Ireland, at Shillelagh.

There was none more popular than Desmond Early both in his professional life and as a sportsman.

In his legal business he set himself standards of service and integrity all interlaced with a dominating concept of Christian charity, which was always reflected in his personal and professional dealings with people.

It was his refinement of character that he could rarely bring himself to see evil in any man, and certainly never to speak disparagingly about anyone.

Carlow people, and his friends far-and-wide, who lament the early death of Desmond Early, feel with his widow and young family the profound loss of a man who enriched all his contacts in life by his example as a sincere Christian gentleman.

He will have more than most of us to recommend him before the Divine Judge.

Source: Previously published in the Nationalist, January, 1965.


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