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Tributes paid to Tipperary Labour Party stalwart Peter Ahern

A true gentleman and a fantastic neighbour

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Tributes paid to Tipperary Labour Party stalwart Peter Ahern

The late Peter Ahern, Portroe

Tributes have been paid to Tipperary Labour Party stalwart Peter Ahern, Portroe, who died last weekend.

Peter was a true gentleman, a fantastic neighbour to all of us in Portroe, and certainly a mentor for me in the Labour Party, said Deputy Alan Kelly, who hails from Portroe.

"He was with me in my political career from the very beginning, always there with encouragement and advice. He was so proud of all our electoral achievements, and, in particular, to receive the long service award from the party in 2016 at our national conference. He canvassed for us all: John Ryan, Kathleen O'Meara, Sean Creamer, Jonathan Meaney, Fiona Bonfield and Virginia O'Dowd, to name but a few," he said.

Deputy Kelly said that Mr Ahern was a fantastic parishioner who took great pride in living in Portroe, which could be seen from his work with the Gathering Committee.

"He was always  there for people and his smile would always lift your heart, especially when you needed it. I really enjoyed bringing him to the Tipp matches in later years, and he certainly enjoyed our win in 2016," said Deputy Kelly.

Deputy Kelly offered his condolences to Peter's family, Mary, Peter, Marie, Noreen and wider family.

Peter died peacefully last Saturday, May 11, at Milford Care Centre, surrounded by his family.

He was the beloved husband of Mary and loving father of Peter, Marie Murphy (Corbally, Limerick), and Noreen O'Brien (Birdhill). Sadly missed by his heartbroken family, brother Tom, sister Mary Jane (Doyle), daughter-in-law, sons-in law, grandchildren, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.

He reposed last Sunday in Ryan's Funeral Home, Nenagh, with funeral on Monday to St. Mary's Church, Portroe, followed by burial in Castletown Cemetery, Portroe.

The local Labour Party formed a guard of honour at the cemetery.