Transcribed in June 2012 by Michael Purcell from old newspapers found in the house of the late Larry Murphy (M.R.C.V.S.), Station Road, Carlow.

Carlow Sentinel.

19th August 1916.

Death of Mr. Patrick Lawler, Urban District Council.

Very sincere regret is felt at the announcement of the death of Mr. Lawler, which occurred early yesterday (Friday) morning at his residence Tullow Street, aged 72 years.

He was the oldest member of the Urban Municipal Board, a Director of the Carlow Gas Company, and had a life-long connection with the mercantile trade of the town.

Although in failing health for some time past, his death occurred rather suddenly.

The funeral will take place to-morrow (Sunday) to St Mary's Cemetery, at 3 o'clock, and Requiem Office and Mass will be celebrated on Monday at 11o'clock.

 Nationalist and Leinster Times.

20th August 1916.

Mr. Patrick Lawler, U.D.C., Tullow Street, Carlow.

With feelings of deepest regret we chronicle this week the death of Mr. Patrick Lawler, Tullow Street, Carlow.

Deceased had reached the age of 72 years.

For some years past he had not been in his usual good health, although he still devoted his time to business and took an active interest in current affairs.

He was an ardent member of the Catholic Church and ever faithfully carried out the duties and responsibilities which Holy Church imposes on all her children.

While the end was rather unexpected by his family and friends, the late Mr. Lawler had reached the allotted span of years supposed to constitute human life.

Nevertheless his facilities were by no means impaired and to the ordinary observer it would seem that there were many years left to him. Providence, however, willed otherwise.

A native of County Kilkenny and belonging to one of the most respectable families in that county, Mr Lawler began business in Carlow at an early age, and ever since he was prominently connected with the commercial life of Carlow.

He and his late brother were probably two of the most popular business men in Carlow, noted for their integrity and natural urbanity. Anyone who ever came into contact with the late Mr Lawler recognised at once the sound qualities which peculiarly fitted him for a commercial life.

His dealings were always straightforward, and his outlook on life was broad.

As one of those who yearn for a realisation of the ideals held by every good Irishman, the late Mr Lawler was prominently and constantly connected with all the National organisations down to the present one, the United Irish League.

A firm believer in the doctrine of constitutionalism, he was always a consistent and practical supporter of a pledge bound United Irish Parliamentary Party.

"One of the Old Guard in Carlow", one has appropriately said, "has passed away".

A man of sound views, and one who had lived in time of stress, even more bitter than ours, he realised that the hopes and aspirations of the Irish people could be sooner realised by adopting and continuing the policy of O'Connell, Butt, Parnell and Redmond than by the means which had failed so often.

He took a deep interest in the municipal life of his adopted town, and for more than a quarter of a century was a member of the municipal body, whether Town Commission or Urban Council.

News of the death was received with genuine regret by the people of the town and district, and the family have received the condolences of a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

To the members of the bereaved family we extend our sincere sympathy.

The chief mourners were - Thomas, Patrick, William, James (sons); James Lawler, Coone, and William Lawler, Dungarvan (brothers) ; John C. Lawler, Carlow, Thomas Lawler, Clogrennan; Thomas Lawler, Coone; Michael Brennan, Coone; John Brennan, Dublin; Patrick Healy, Dublin; Patrick Keightley, Slatt; Thomas Fleming, Bagnalstown ( nephews);Daniel Lawler, Clogrennen (grand-nephew); John Whelan, Carlow; Joseph Deegan, Dublin; Frederick J. Williams (brothers-in-law); Thomas Collins, Castlecomer; James Collins, Coone; Robert Shore, Coone; Luke Neill, Augharue; James Neill, Carlow; Michael Deegan, Arles; Bernard Deegan, Arles; Vincent Deegan, Athy (cousins).

Requiem Office and High Mass were celebrated in the Cathedral, Carlow, on Monday. The following clergy officated:-

Rev. J. Miller, C.C., celebrant; Rev. T. Kehoe, Carlow College, deacon; Rev. M. Donohoe, Carlow College, sub-deacon.

Choir - Rev P. Gorry, P.P., Tinryland; Rev. J. Murray, P.P., Arles; Rev. A. Lynam. Adm., Carlow; Rev. P. Donnelly, C.C., Carlow; Rev. J. Dunny, C.C., Carlow; Rev. J. Kearney, C.C., Newbridge.

The funeral took place on Sunday to St. Mary's Cemetery, the cortege being large and representative.

The Rev. A. Lynam, Adm., and Rev. P. Donnelly recited the last prayers.

Tributes To Memory Of Mr P. Lawler, U.D.C.

The Carlow Sentinel. [the same report was published in The Nationalist and Leinster Times].

August 1916.

The weekly meeting of Carlow Urban District Council was held on Monday evening, Mr Michael Governey, J.P., County Council, Chairman, presiding.

The following were present -- John Murphy, Frederick J. Williams, Edward Duggan, J. D. McCarthy, J. Brennan, William Purcell, Denis Mullane, William J. Jackson, and P. P. Carbery, Acting Clerk.

Michael Governey said since their last meeting death had deprived them of one of their oldest and most esteemed colleagues.

He referred to the passing away of their late lamented friend, Mr Patrick Lawler.

Mr Lawler, as they were all aware, was one of the oldest members of that board, he believed the oldest, and during all the time of his connection with municipal affairs of Carlow he certainly devoted himself with energy to the advancement of every big work undertaken by the Council and that of its predecessor the old Town Commissioners.

They, as a board, would miss him very sorely, and he need hardly say that his family would miss him most of all. He had been a devoted father, and certainly left nothing undone to rear his family respectably and, he would say, place them in very honourable positions in the town of Carlow.

As an old Nationalist, Mr Lawler was , perhaps, one of the most thorough in that old town of theirs. He (Mr Governey) remembered perfectly well when the first branch of the Land League was established in the county.

The first branch was established in Carlow town, and their late friend, Mr Lawler, was the first secretary who devoted his time to the movement, a movement for the uplifting of people.

The late Mr Lawler remained true to those principles, and carried on the organisation with credit to himself and credit to the town.

He remained true as its secretary, until during the Foster regime it was suppressed. Then came the old Land League, of which he was a devoted member, and he remained a member of every successive organisation of the Land League until his death.

During all that time he rendered patriotic services to the cause of their country.

The late Mr Lawler had been all his life, as they all knew, connected with the civic and commercial life of Carlow, and was honoured and respected by every citizen, and if anything was necessary to show the extraordinary esteem and respect in which he was held, it was manifested by the great concourse of people, of the town and the country that came to pay their last tribute of respect to the memory of one who spent a useful and a good life among them.

With these few words he wished to propose the following resolution:--

"That we tender to our Town Clerk and family of our late respected colleague, Mr Patrick Lawler, our heartfelt sympathy in the sole affliction they have suffered by his sad demise. He was the oldest member of this board, and unselfishly devoted his energies and ability for many long years in the discharge of his civic duties. He bore a character for probity and honour in every sphere of his useful and well-spent career, and Carlow mourns the loss of a worthy citizen who did credit to its commercial and civic life, and that copies of this resolution be sent to the Town Clerk on behalf of the family, and to his daughter, Sister Philomena, Presentation Convent, Maryborough."

Mr John Murphy said it was with sorrow that he seconded the resolution. Mr Lawler had been a friend and acquaintance of his in Carlow for fifty-six years and he always found him a true friend and neighbour, an upright and honest man.

Mr Brennan begged to associate himself with the resolution, and he agreed with every word spoken by the Chairman who proposed it. Mr Lawler had been a broad minded citizen, a thorough Nationalist of no ordinary type. There was nothing narrow in his political or commercial life. In fact with the community in Carlow and all over the country, his name was a household word.

He was respected wherever he was known, and none so deeply regretted his demise more than he (Mr Brennan) and so he wished to associate himself with the resolution of sympathy to the family.

Mr Williams said he wished to join in the vote of condolence to Mr Lawler's family. As one who knew Mr Lawler, he could say he was a most generousfriend, willing and anxious to render assistance and help, if needed. Any words of his would fail to express his sorrow at his demise. He hoped the sod would lie lightly on his ashes, and that God would reward him for his good life.

Mr Jackson said he also desired to associate himself with the remarks which had been passed, and with which he thoroughly agreed. He (Mr Jackson) as a neighbour of the late Mr Lawler could testify that he had never met a more courteous or better-hearted friend.

He (Mr Jackson) and his family could recall several kind acts of Mr. Lawler towards them, and he very much regretted his loss. So much had been said of Mr Lawler in his public and private capacity that he could only endorse the sentiments expressed by Mr Governey.

Mr Mullane extremely regretted the demise of their worthy honest and patriotic colleague, Mr Lawler. As one who had known him in public and private life for a long time, and he was one of those men who would command respect. He was straightforward and honest in his public and private pursuits, and if anyone wanted a friend Mr Lawler was there at all times.

It was one great consolation to him in his last hours to have four young sons around him, who were a credit to himself and to the town of Carlow and to the father and mother who reared them.

Mr William Purcell also associated himself with the vote of sympathy.

Mr MacCarthy said he had not the pleasure of knowing Mr Lawler for so long as the other members, but in his short association with him on that Council he learned to admire and respect him for his honesty of purpose. If words could express the admiration in which he was held or bring comfort to the bereft family, Mr Governey's words would certainly have a lasting place in their memory.

Mr Governey had so well and admirably expressed the feelings of the Board that he (Mr MacCarthy) could only say he wished to associate himself with the resolution.

Mr P.P. Carbery also associated himself with the resolution.

Mr Michael Molloy, M.P., wrote regretting his inability to attend, and expressed his regret at the great loss the Council sustained through the death of their respected colleague, Mr Lawler, and desired to be associated with any vote of sympathy the Council might pass.

The resolution was passed in silence and the meeting adjourned.

 Source: Michael Purcell c.2013


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