Tributes paid to father-of-six

A COMMUNITY turned out in force to pay tribute to a popular family and businessman who was highly respected in his adopted home town of Callan.

A COMMUNITY turned out in force to pay tribute to a popular family and businessman who was highly respected in his adopted home town of Callan.

Hundreds of people packed into the Church of the Assumption in Callan on Friday morning to pay their respects to the late Dick Mc Dowell who died last week. The father-of-six was well known in the town where he ran a pharmacy with his wife Aileen. A native of Dublin he moved to Kilkenny in the mid eighties and was very involved in Kilkenny Rugby Club where he forged life long friendships.

He was also a stalwart of Kilkenny Sub Aqua club where he was heavily involved for over twenty years. “He was a valued member of the club and we are all very saddened by his loss. He will be greatly missed by all his diving buddies and there is a big void in the diving fraternity. He was a great asset and he also helped with the training of new members. He was a true stalwart of the club,” said club chairman Denis Coughlan.

He is survived by his wife Aileen, his loving children Chris, Kerrie, Mark, Jill, Jack and Bill, his adorable grandson Ryan, his mother Margaret, his brothers and sisters and all his relatives and friends who knew him.