The late Paula Leddy, a lady who will be fondly remembered by all who knew her

Like everyone else acquainted in any way with the Leddy family, I was shocked to hear of the untimely death of Paula Leddy, which took place on Monday, 10th of May last.

News of Paula’s passing led to an outpouring of sadness and sympathy in Roscommon Town and throughout the wider community.

Our thoughts at this extremely difficult time are with Paula’s husband Adrian, their children Hugh, Áine, John, Ruairí, Emmet and Aoife, Paula’s sisters, brother and grandchildren, her extended family and many friends.

The tributes that have been voiced since Paula’s death are a testimonial to a devoted family woman, reflect her strong community involvement over many years, and the esteem in which she was held by those who knew her.

Paula Leddy was one of the founding members of Roscommon Women’s Network. Nora Fahy, Manager of RWN, this week remembered her late friend as “a woman of integrity and strength…who was never afraid to vocalise the needs of the women of County Roscommon”.

Meeting Paula and her husband Adrian at social gatherings over the years was always a pleasure. While Adrian became extremely well known through his high profile role in both the IFA and in rugby circles, Paula also had a great commitment to volunteering in the community.

Paula endeared herself to everyone she met. An absolute lady, she had a great personality and a very friendly nature. She was extremely highly regarded by her many friends.

Paula worked as a photographer for the Irish Farmers Journal for many years. She covered hundreds of IFA functions, other farming events, and general community gatherings too. She worked closely with the local newspapers in the region. When I was editing the Roscommon Champion (and more recently the People) her photographs frequently featured and she was always a pleasure to deal with.

Paula had fought ill health over many years with remarkable courage and dignity. She always seemed to be in a positive frame of mind, which was quite inspirational to observe. While she had experienced ill health for a considerable period, her death was unexpected.

Paula Leddy (née Reddin) of Ardsallagh Beg, Roscommon Town and formerly of Convoy, Co. Donegal and Bluebell, Dublin died on May 10th, 2021 at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe.

Predeceased by her sisters Ann, Jackie and Lana, Paula is mourned by her husband Adrian, children Hugh, Áine, John, Ruairí, Emmet and Aoife, sisters Celine and Mairead, brother Tim, grandchildren Anna, Harry, Ruby and Jake, wider family members, neighbours and friends.

Removal took place on Friday morning to the Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon. Following Funeral Mass, burial took place in St. Coman’s Cemetery.

The late Paula Leddy will be fondly remembered by all who knew her. Her untimely passing leaves a significant void in the town and is a huge loss to Adrian, their children, and extended family, to whom sympathy is extended. May she rest in peace.