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