The town of Navan is reeling following the news of the death of well-known community activist Paddy Pryle while visiting Canada.
News is filtering through of his sudden passing. The chairman of Navan Comhaltas, he was involved in many organisations and events over the years, and was a local election candidate in the 2014 elections, with the quirky poster 'Who is Paddy Pryle?'
Four years ago, the Derek Mooney Show on RTE radio caught him by surprise with a 'Mooney's Magic' prize for his community work, with Brenda Donoghue presenting him with his prize at an outside broadcast in the Solstice Theatre in Navan.
Over the years, he has been involved in Scurlogstown Olympiad, Navan St Patrick's Day Shamrock Festival, Comhradh na Mi celebrating 1798, and Navan Beo, as well as the Navan2Navan twinning with Navan in Ontario, Canada.
He was also a prolific letter writer to the Meath Chronicle.
The Skryne native (53), married to Pamela, was father of four. A former cab driver in Navan, he ran a successful driving school.
Sympathy is extended to Pamela, their three sons and daughter at this dreadful time.