Paddy Morris, 39, who died after getting into trouble at River Barrow, was “a loving family man”.


The partner of the Co Tyrone man, who tragically died after getting into trouble in the waters of the River Barrow near Carlow Town on Wednesday night, has paid tribute to him.

addy Morris, 39, was pulled from the water but despite best efforts by emergency services to revive him, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr. Morris was a carpenter by trade and began his apprenticeship with his brother Mark.

He grew up near Dungannon but for the past few years has lived in the Kilkea area of ​​Co Kildare with his partner of 18, Andrea O’Neill, and their daughter, Sienna, of seven.

Mr. Morris’ partner, Ms O’Neill, said he was a multi-talented person and a loving family man.

“Me and Sienna were his whole world, and his proudest moments were giving birth to our daughter and building a beautiful home for us,” said Ms. O’Neill

“He was a great musician, he played guitar, tin whistle and he could play any instrument. He was so talented in carpentry, music and football.”

In a message posted to Facebook over the weekend, Ms O’Neill thanked the people from the local community who helped Paddy “say a final goodbye to Kilkea”.

Local musicians and friends gathered to celebrate the life of Mr Morris, while football clubs Milford and Grange formed an honor guard for the former team-mate.

“What a farewell to our hometown for my beloved Paddy today,” she wrote on Saturday.

“Thank you to all the people who lined the streets to pay their respects to Paddy. Thanks to Niall Dunne for playing Paddy’s favorite song Fisherman’s Blues, thanks to Dan Cullen and Fionn O’Rourke for playing the traditional music.

“Thank you to everyone who helped out today with food and drinks and all the support. Paddy would have been so happy to see how much he is loved in this community.”

“I will love you forever Paddy and we will miss you forever,” she added.

In a message shared on social media, Killeeshil GFC also paid a heartfelt tribute to Paddy Morris.

“Killeeshil GFC deeply regret the death of Patrick Morris (our former player) in County Kildare. Our deepest condolences to his partner Andrea, daughter Sienna and mother Mary, as well as his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and the entire Morris family,” the club wrote on Facebook.

In messages of condolence shared under the post, one person wrote, “RIP Paddy I’m disappointed to hear this tragic news great friend and lots of fond memories of you.”

Mr. Morris was predeceased by his late father, Packie Joe. He is survived by his partner Andrea and daughter Sienna, his mother Mary, siblings Mark, Veronica, Marie, Bernadette, Bridget, Catherine, Sarah, James and John, extended family and many friends.

Mr Morris’ funeral service will be held at 11am tomorrow morning at the Church of the Assumption in Tullyallen, Co Tyrone.

He will be buried after the funeral service in the churchyard of St John the Baptist in Galbally. Paddy Morris, 39, who died after getting into trouble at River Barrow, was “a loving family man”.

Fry Electronics Team

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