The death occurred recently at his residence in Ballyfacey, Glenmore of Mr Richard ‘Dick’ Dunphy. The passing took from Ballyfacey and the greater Glenmore and South Kilkenny area a kind, warm and friendly gentleman. He had worked the family farm since the passing of his father Michael Dunphy in 1941 after he had just left primary school in Ballyfacey, at the age of 15 years.
Richard Dunphy epitomised all that was good in rural living. He was a great family man, husband, father and grandfather and friend to all his neighbours. He went about his business in a calm and considerate way. His farming was done with great care and attention. He farmed in Glenmore and Mullinavat.
Richard married Eileen ‘Eily’ Dalton from Ballinaraha in Mullinavat, from another well known farming family. Together they loved farming. Richard had a great method about him, he took life in its stride. He was one of the first to purchase a small ford tractor and this mode of transport was to serve him well right through his years of toiling the land.
Richard was the only son born to the late Michael and Mary (nee Gorey) Dunphy, his only sister Nora, who passed away in 1996, was also remembered when in the ceremony and Mass celebrating the life of Richard which was celebrated by his brother in law, Rev. Dr. William Dalton and fellow clergy Fr O Connor, Glenmore, Fr Phelan, Kilmanagh, Fr. Barron, Mullinavat, Canon B. Flynn, Kilmacow, Fr Dermody, Crowbally and Fr Mannin,g Macroom.
The Remains of Richard Dunphy was flanked on its last few hundred yards by a Guard of Honour drawn from the local Fine Gael branch of which he was president at the time of his passing. Richard loved life, he loved going to the agricultural shows and of course he had great interest in all the hurling matches. He looked forward to going to the matches with Fr Willie, his brother in law. He supported his fellow farmers in representations, loved going to the party political meetings, enjoyed a brandy in company of both young and old, enjoyed conversation and supported anything that was good for the community. He was never sick or in hospital until very recent times. The family are thankful to the staff of the oncology ward at Waterford Regional Hospital and Dr Enright his GP for all the care they gave him during his illness.
Richard’s obsequies were large and very representive; farming, business, sporting and political groups came to sympathise with his wife and family. It was a fitting tribute to a real and respected gentleman.
He is survived by his wife Eileen; sons, Michael, Seamus, Richard, William (Billy) twins Pat and John; daughters Mary O Keeffe, Noreen Smith and Joan Dunphy;s grandchildren Aidan, Richard, Maeve, Caoimhe, Kathlyn, Jack, Adam, Ryan, Conor, Hannah and Ben; sons-in-law, daughters in law, h many relatives and life long neighbours and friends.