One of South Tipperary’s leading political figures has been laid to rest in Powerstown Church near Clonmel.
Noel Davern TD died suddenly while visiting friends in Cashel over the weekend - the town where he was born and continued a long political tradition, inherited from his father Michael Davern - a Fianna Fáil TD from 1948 to 1965. South Tipperary’s three sitting TDs have paid tribute to the Cashel native, who was laid to rest this afternoon in Powerstown Church near Clonmel.
Independent TD Mattie McGrath expressed his shock: “My sincere sympathies are with Noel’s wife Anne Marie, his sons Don and Marc and daughter Davina. Noel gave long and committed service to the people of South Tipperary and I am sure he will be remembered for that. It must be an extremely difficult time for his wife and children and I would just like to reiterate that they will certainly be in our thoughts and prayers as they try and move forward from here.” Seamus Healy said: “On my own behalf and on behalf of my family, I wish to express our deepest sympathy to the Davern family on the sad passing of Noel. He served the people of South Tipperary for many years as Chairman of Tipperary South Riding Co. Council, Teachta Dála, Minister and MEP. He continued the proud tradition of public service of the Davern family, following in the footsteps of his brother Don and of his father Mick.” Minister of State Tom Hayes said Noel Davern’s death “will be a huge loss to politics and indeed to South Tipperary. Noel was a wonderful, gregarious man, who I think was under estimated as a politician and worked hard to deliver to his constituents and worked very hard behind the scenes. He never sought glory or attention for all that he achieved. He was very highly thought of in the Department of Agriculture, where he served as a Junior Minister and since I have come in to the office, a number of officials have spoken of the impact he made during his time in office.” Deputy Hayes added: “Noel was a great fan horse racing and was passionate about all aspects of rural life which was the focus of much of his work and he has certainly made his mark. We will miss him dearly.”
The former Minister, TD and MEP is survived by his loving wife Anne-Marie, his sons Don and Mark, daughter Davina, sister Noreen, and wide circle of family and friends. Funeral Mass was on Wednesday at 11.30am in Powerstown Church followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery.