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Paul Buggy 1969-2016 - An Appreciation by Brendan McGlynn.   09/01/2017

The news of the untimely but peaceful death of Paul Buggy at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, on the 5th December, 2016 following an illness, was greeted with a great sense of loss and sadness by those privileged to have known him. Paul had borne his illness with great courage, dignity and humour.


Paul was the eldest of three sons born to Paddy and Dolores Buggy, Balally Close, Dundrum.  He had the good fortune of being brought up in a stable and loving family that was immersed in the social and cultural life of the community.  Death is always sad but when it strikes at someone in his prime, having a wife and young family, it is particularly poignant.


Paul attended Saint Olaf’s Primary School and received his secondary education in St. Benildus College. As a juvenile Paul played hurling and football with Naomh Olaf G.A.A. Club.  He played soccer with Balally Youth Club’s soccer team (Saint Mary’s).  He also enjoyed some years as a Cub/Scout with the 137, Balally Scouts. Paul qualified as a referee at an early age and refereed many juvenile hurling and football matches. As a young adult he served as a juvenile team mentor. He played junior and senior football with the Club and became a senior referee. He enjoyed refereeing and often refereed as many as three games at weekends up until the time of his illness, providing a very valuable and reliable service to the Dublin County Board of the G.A.A. as well as to Naomh Olaf G.A.A. Club.  On the 6th December, Naomh Olaf Senior Football team played Fingallians in Swords in the final of a promotion play-off before a large crowd.  Prior to the game a minute’s silence was observed in Paul’s honour.  Paul was a true Dub’s supporter.


Paul got his accountancy qualification in Lad Lane and was employed by M.P.S. at the time of his death.  It was while he was studying in Lad Lane that he met and fell in love with Catherine (Cathy) Stronge, from Monkstown. The couple got married in 1999.  They later bought a lovely house in Allen Park Road, Stillorgan, which was to become their very comfortable home.  Their marriage was blessed with three children one boy and two girls, Adam, Elena and Aisling. They were a very happy family and had good neighbours.


At Christmas 2014 Paul fell ill. His response to his illness was very positive. His brother Kevin in his eulogy described his response to his illness as inspirational.  He was fortunate to have such a loving and supportive wife and family who cared for him so well in his home until his death.


Paul reposed in his home on the 7th December. His concelebrated funeral Mass was celebrated in the Church of St. Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, on the 8th December.  The very large and representative attendance including pupils from Oatlands Secondary School as well as

pupils from St. Raphaela’s Primary and Secondary School, reflected the respect and affection in which Paul was held.  Paul’s youngest brother Kevin delivered the eulogy.  It was a thoughtful and comprehensive review of Paul’s life delivered with heartfelt affection. Paul’s second brother Colm read two beautiful poems. One was written by Paul’s daughter Aisling about her father shortly before his death and the second poem was written by Paul’s nephew and Godchild Oisín in Australia about Paul also shortly before his death.  Paul was laid to rest in Deansgrange Cemetery.


Paul’s untimely passing has touched all of us.  Heartful sympathy is extended to Paul’s wife Cathy and their children Adam, Elena and Aisling, his brothers Colm and Kevin, as well as Paul’s extended family, colleagues, many friends and neighbours.


Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


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