Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel Treacy was remembered at his funeral as a “once off, larger than life” figure, who fit many achievements into his 70 years of life.
Joan Treacy Hogan, told mourners at St Michael’s Church, Gurteen, Ballinasloe, Co Galway that her father was a real people person, who had a keen memory for people’s names, faces and family connections. “His love of helping people is what made him interested in politics… he was passionate and energetic.”
Mr Treacy died this week at the age of 70 after having cancer for 12 years.
In a euolgy, Ms Treacy Hogan said he faced his illness with great bravery, according to his daughter. “He never complained and he never gave up.”
She spoke of how he would call his wife “my darling Mary” when in hospital and said if he had to do it all again, he would marry her 100 times over.
He was a Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East since a 1982 by-election until his retirement in 2011. He was the longest-serving minister of state, serving in 11 governmental departments in total.
She said her father was born into a deep rooted republican family. He was very proud of his Gurteen roots, and his family said they were touched by the support they received from the community in the past few days. She described her father as a great orator,
Mr Treacy was very passionate about the Irish language, Irish culture and GAA. He was heavily involved in his local and county club, according to his daughter.
The former TD was also a gaeilgeoir, and was the first minister from Ireland to speak Irish at a meeting of the European Council.
Ms Treacy Hogan said her father told her he was most proud of his involvement with the peace talks in Northern Ireland.