Noel Davern Tributes
Noel Davern Tributes
In a graveside oration at the funeral of Noel Davern, former government minister Michael Smith said Noel’s father Mick, like his own father, belonged to that first generation of the great Fianna Fail party. They were heirs to an even older republican tradition where the people are deemed to be sovereign and not be ruled by some narrow elite. Cashel and Tipperary were at the heart of the later struggle for political independence. Noel Davern had all that tradition running in his blood. Like his father Mick and his brother Don who died all too young, Noel always stood for and with the people in their struggles and difficulties. He gave sterling service to his county and his country. In later years maybe Fianna Fail lost its way a little, and maybe lost some of its ancient touch with the people, but Noel Davern never did. He saw himself as belonging to a great and dedicated political party which sought to serve and enhance the lives of all the people, Mr Smith said.
Senator Labhras O’Murchu said he knew Noel Davern when he was a young man growing up in Cashel. His family was central to the business life of the town. They were also the torch bearers of the republican tradition having given sterling service in the War of Independence.
“As I listened to the fine rendering of the “Bold Galtee Boy” at Noel’s mass I was keenly aware of the vibrant republican tradition which was the hallmark and motivation of the Davern family. The names of Dinny Lacey, Sean Treacy and Dan Breen, which flowed from this memorable song and which had also been heard in Croke Park, were a reminder of the unbroken continuity of sacrifice and service which was passed from generation to generation. This too was Noel’s story. As we reflect on his life as a public representative, the words vision, dedication and commitment easily come to mind. So also does the word pride: pride in his roots, pride in the patriotic county of Tipperary which he represented; and pride in the industry and entrepreneurship of his community. He was a people’s person, a role model for all who aspire to public office: integrity and compassion were central to his service”.