Born in June 1920 into a very active nationalist and political family, Padraig Mulcahy did his schooling in Colaiste Mhuire CBS and Mount St Joseph’s, Roscrea. He commenced his professional career as a quantity surveyor in the practice of A E Smith in the late thirties and, following spells in Dublin Corporation, Wimpeys (on the Margham Steelworks in South Wales) and John Sisk & Son. He qualified when with O’Reilly-Hyland Tierney and Associates. In 1952, he set up his own practice which subsequently evolved into Mulcahy McDonagh & Partners Ltd. from which he eventually retired in 1985. As an employer Padraig was highly respected by all staff and was particular about ensuring that staff members were content in their place of work.
Not surprisingly, given his family background, Padraig was a committed Irishman fluent in the Irish language into which he frequently lapsed and served as a commissioned officer in the FCA. Always generous with his time and willing to support public and community affairs, he had been a board member of Feor Teoranta ( the State business rescue authority) and particularly served his local community through his involvement at many levels in the Terenure Enterprise Centre. He was a lifelong member of Fine Gael and much involved over many years as a backroom activist and worker.
Padraig had a lifelong love of golf at which he was sufficiently proficient in his younger days to hold the amateur course record in Milltown GC of which he was, at various times, Captain, President and Trustee. He was, of course, also an enthusiastic supporter and participant in the golfing activities and events of the Society and Institution, also serving as Captain of both. He was a regular on the annual golf “pilgrimage” to Rye and other locations.
Noted for his professionalism and integrity, Padraig was a much respected member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCS) and Institution and fulfilled many significant roles, most eminently as Chairman of the RICS Branch (as it then was) for two terms in 1960 and 1961. He also encouraged younger members of the firm to participate in the RICS and SCS at many levels.
Padraig Mulcahy was a gregarious man who loved company. He was simple straightforward and uncomplicated. He was humorous and both loved and generated fun.
Above all, Padraig was a gentleman – a lovable, affable, kind, modest gentleman who was quintessentially a devoted husband and father. For sure, he was a joy to have known. He is survived by Margaret, his wife of some sixty years, his daughters Aine and Siobhan, his son Risteard and his grandchildren.
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