The sudden passing of one of Bundoran’s most respected members of the community last Thursday has left not only residents of the resort town, but also people in every aspect of life in shock.
Peter Brady was one of the most respected members of the legal profession in the county but his interests outside of his own profession were widespread and throughout his life, he touched the hearts of many.
Such was the esteem that this Bundoran man was held, a minute’s silence was observed in his honour before the throw in at MacCumhaill Park on Saturday night last.
A close associate, Brian McEniff, spoke of Peter with affection saying, “Peter and I grew up together and in fact were classmates in Ardfarna N.S. together In fact an aunt of Peter’s, Minah Doherty was the teacher there and I suppose we might have got that extra bit of tuition.
“Football was always part of life in Bundoran in those days and even though his brother, the late Dr. Bernard achieved great heights as a full back for the county, Peter minded the nets at club level for Bundoran.
Peter married Marie back in 1971 and the couple had four children and there is one thing that I can honestly say that from the very day they married, they were never seen apart - they were just always together.
“Peter handled all my business affairs in those days and would have assisted me greatly in the purchase of the hotels - his advice was always sound and measured.
“Perhaps one of the greatest tributes I heard about Peter was ‘If Peter Brady had even charged for a fraction of the advice he had given, he would have ended up a multi- millionaire’. He was just one of those people that wanted to help.
“Both Peter and Marie and indeed his whole family were engrossed in politics and he would have been known far and wide for his support of Fianna Fail through good times and bad. I am sure he has a smile on his face today after seeing the latest poll figures.”
“He will be sadly missed not only in Bundoran but throughout the county - he was a Donegal man through and through.”
Fellow solicitor Jim Corbett from Bundoran was Peter’s first ever apprentice and he told this newspaper “It was with great sadness that I recently learned of the death of Peter.
“I knew him as a respected member of the legal profession and a native of Bundoran. He was a generous man with his time and patience, and very well liked within the community. An accomplished advocate in the District Court, he built up a large practice servicing quite a large area surrounding Bundoran.
Man of the people
Peter was very much a man of the people, and had a great interest in community affairs, and his skills as a solicitor were called upon many times down through the years in various matters, in which he always gave one hundred per cent commitment.
“He had a keen interest in amateur dramatics, treading the boards in his earlier days, and later his interests turned to direction and production, and he was behind many successful productions that toured the circuit of amateur dramatic festivals with the Bundoran players.
“A very charismatic man, and excellent raconteur and engaging company, he will be sadly missed by many people, both within his community and within the legal profession.”
Peter is survived by his wife Marie, his son and daughters Tara, Tiernan, Caoimhe and Oilbhe, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.
A large crowd attended the funeral Mass yesterday morning at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea, with burial afterwards in St. Ninnidh’s Cemetery, Bundoran.