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Patrick J Power


Patrick Power with his daughter Nessa Power (Image by Nessa Power)

This story orignally appeared on, published 29 July 2021, at 14:16.

New book tells amazing story of Raheny dad's extraordinary long life

Patrick J Power, a "Raheny veteran" was born in 1929 and died in March - just three days before his 92nd birthday. The renowned storyteller was originally from Roscommon where his father was a garda sergeant. He moved to Dublin when he was 18, excited to be a part of a quickly changing city in the 1950's.

Patrick started working in Dublin Port before rising up the ranks to planning officer. All the while the young Roscommon man was studying a BCom in Trinity College Dublin at night time. While living in Dublin, Patrick stared writing for newspapers and magazines like the Evening Press, the Irish Independent and Ireland’s Own.

Patrick met his wife Doreen when living in digs on South Circular Road and the couple went on to have three kids- Nessa, John and Aoife.

He loved cycling around Raheny and stopping to chat to his neighbours. Patrick spent his later years writing full time and reflecting on all the great characters he had come across in life. His plays were broadcast on RTE Radio 1 and BBC Four.

Patrick was able to see his last book get published before he died. “It was a great source of joy for him and to see it published and to see people enjoying it," said his daughter Nessa. “He wanted me to read all the stories to him again. It was lovely to see that.”