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Online Book of Condolences open to honor the late Brendan Bowyer RIP

Online Book of Condolences opens for Brendan Bowyer, Freeman of Waterford City

The Mayor of the City and County of Waterford, Cllr. John Pratt expresses his sincere condolences to the family of the late Brendan Bowyer RIP, who passed away in Las Vegas last evening surrounded by his family.  Brendan Bowyer, who was awarded the Freedom of Waterford City in 2011, is survived by his wife Stella, children Brendan Jr, Aisling and Clodagh and his two grandchildren Liam and Nora Stella.

Cllr. Pratt said “Brendan Bowyer was a true Waterford man and is remembered fondly by Waterford people for his iconic career throughout the showband era. His 1965 Number One hit “The Hucklebuck” is a favourite of many Waterford people. He memorably brought Waterford to life with a memorable rendition in Lombard Street during the 2005 Tall Ships event. He will be sadly missed and remembered by Waterford people”.

Brendan Bowyer was honoured to have the Freedom of Waterford City bestowed on him by the then Mayor of Waterford City, Cllr. Mary Roche who said, ”It was an honour to be part of such a memorable occasion and who more fitting to receive the award than Brendan Bowyer of the Royal Showband which put Waterford on the international map.”

A Book of Condolences is open online at and we encourage the people of Waterford to add their own personal message. The Book of Condolences will remain open until Monday 8th June 2020.

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Photo Credit: Noel Browne


Book of Condolence for the late Danny McGrath, RIP

Cllr. John Pratt, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council will open a Book of Condolence today in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan, following the tragic passing of well-known local man, Danny McGrath.

Speaking of Mr. McGrath, Cllr. Pratt commented: “I am deeply sorry to hear of the passing of Danny McGrath, one of Dungarvan’s best known ambassadors.   On behalf of the Councillors and staff of Waterford City & County Council, I send my deepest condolences to his partner and family on their tragic loss.”

The Mayor continued: “Danny was well known to all here in Dungarvan and indeed throughout Waterford and the Irish diaspora.  He was the chief organiser of the successful McGrath Clan Gathering which brought visitors here from all around the world.  He was a keen photographer, contributed frequently to newspapers and was a great supporter of Waterford sports.  He was at the centre of so much positivity for Dungarvan … he will be sorely missed.”

The Book of Condolence will be open in the Civic Offices, Dungarvan at the following times:  Today, 23rd December, until 4pm.

Given the time of year, there is also an electronic form available for those who wish to express their sympathy with Danny’s family.   This can be accessed here:

Mayor Pratt’s message on death of Brendan Grace, R.I.P.

“We remember today a great comedian and entertainer who brought endless joy to many families at home and abroad.  Brendan was a regular performer in Waterford, with his last show in Cappoquin Community Centre.  I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife Eileen, children Amanda, Melanie, Bradley and Brendan Patrick, grandchildren and his extended family, friends and followers. ”

– Cllr. John Pratt, Mayor of Waterford City & CountyAs a mark of respect to Brendan, a Book of Condolence has been opened in both the Civic Offices, Dungarvan and City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.

Books of Condolence opened on the passing of former Councillor and Mayor, Jack Walsh

Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor Declan Doocey, opening the book of condolences for the late Jack Walsh, former Mayor of Waterford – David Clynch

Tributes pour into City Hall and Civic Offices on the passing of a former Mayor of Waterford City Council, Jack Walsh, as a Book of Condolences is opened at City Hall, Waterford and Civic Offices, Dungarvan on Tuesday 8th January 2019. The Book of Condolences has been opened by Cllr Declan Doocey, Mayor of the City and County of Waterford.

Councillor Declan Doocey said “It’s a sad day for Waterford. Jack was a proud Councillor and he represented the people of Waterford for 10 years” The Mayor extended his sympathies to Jack’s wife Vera and his daughters Nina and Lynn, and to his extended family.

Chief Executive of Waterford City and County Council, Michael Walsh said “Jack was an experienced and optimistic public representative in serving the people of Waterford. He was Mayor of Waterford City Council in 2008 and was elected on the same day his brother was elected Chairman of Kilkenny County Council. ”

Cllr John Pratt said of his Labour Party colleague “He was a great friend, a great colleague and a loyal member of the wider Labour Party family. He will be sadly missed by his family.”

Tributes have continued to be made throughout the morning as the Book of Condolences remains open at City Hall, The Mall, Waterford City and Civic Offices, Davitt Quay, Dungarvan and will remain open until Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 5pm.