Tributes to late Tipperary Town Engineer, Paul Mulcahy

Eoin Kelleher

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Tributes to late Tipperary Town Engineer, Paul Mulcahy

Glowing tributes were paid to the late Paul Mulcahy, who served with distinction as Senior Engineer with Tipperary Co. Council in the Tipperary town area.

Cathaoirleach of Cashel Tipperary Municipal District Cllr Michael Fitzgerald led tributes to the late Mr Mulcahy, who died peacefully surrounded by his family, on Wednesday last, (March 21st).

Mr Mulcahy is mourned by his loving family, wife Kate (Catherine), sons Diarmaid and Dónal, daughters Aoife, Deirdre and Fiona, sons-in-law Stephen and Chris, brother Terry, sisters Mary and Ann, and wider family, neighbours and friends.

Mr Mulcahy’s Requiem Mass was held in Holycross Abbey on Saturday, (March 24th), at 11.30am with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

Cllr Fitzgerald said his colleague served as Town Engineer for the then Tipperary Town Council for five years. Mr Mulcahy replaced Ger Kennedy, who had replaced Mark O’Malley. Mr Mulcahy was of the “older style of Area Engineer” and loved his job “very very much.” There are many monuments and legacies to Paul in the area, projects which he had taken on and overseen, said Cllr Fitzgerald. “At times we argued, but he was always prepared to listen.”

District Engineer Aidan Finn said his colleague Mr Mulcahy brought his own style and imagination to the position, and expressed condolences to Paul’s wife and family on their tragic loss. “I took over from Paul in 2006. He put together a 10-year plan up until 2008, so my job was laid out for me. He was passionate about everything he did. He was an engineer’s engineer. He was excellent, really good at what he did, and we will be the lesser without him.”

Cllr Denis Leahy said Paul and Mark O’Malley were “legends in their day.” “Paul saw a deficit in infrastructure in the town, particularly in footpaths, which had lacked investment for many years.” He was a “very very committed Engineer” and will be remembered in Tipperary town with many monuments.

Cllr John Crosse said Paul was “very very helpful” and determined to finish every project he started to a high standard. “He was always a very safe pair of hands.”

Cllr Roger Kennedy said Paul was a “dedicated official in the Council”, and while he did not have the pleasure of working with Mr Mulcahy, he had represented the Council at his Funeral, and conveyed their sympathies to Paul’s family.

District Administrator Marie McGivern said Paul was a “highly valued colleague” due to his level of knowledge and expertise. “We will not see his likes again. He was so committed.”