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Frank O Driscoll

Town Clerk, Philanthropist

 

Frank O' Driscoll was born on 6th April, 1927, in William Street, Carrick-on-Suir. He was the eldest of the four children of Edward O'Driscoll, barber, and of his wife Alice (née Reck), dressmaker.

Frank excelled at school, especially in English and Latin, and following his Leaving Certificate in the mid-1940s, at a time when few people did the Leaving, he started work as a Clerical Officer in South Tipperary County Council, Clonmel, in about 1945. This was the beginning of a lifelong career in local government, spanning over 47 years. He was appointed Town Clerk of Carrick, his native town, in April 1971, where he served until his retirement in April, 1992.

His achievements as Town Clerk were many, and he was highly dedicated to the service and betterment of his native town. His time as Town Clerk saw the construction of much new local authority and private housing, including co-operative housing schemes, such as Clairin and Lissadell among many others; the provision of a new library and of the Sean Kelly Centre, new water supply facilities and remedial works to local authority housing in the town. He also brought the Town Twinning to Carrick (French town of Trégunc in Brittany) and made many visits to our French twin town over the years, as well as hosting many French visitors in his home at Woodland Heights.

Frank was also a very cultured man; he had a huge collection of rare, inherited books, including the works of such classic writers as Dickens, Shakespeare and many others, and was an avid reader, and lover of the English language and its literature.

He was also a gifted writer, who contributed many appreciations of notable Carrick deceased persons over the years to his local papers, and who also wrote the 'Carrick Notes' for many years. If Frank had not gone into local government, he would have made a gifted academic of English, or indeed a diplomat.

He studied French and Piano from his late forties onwards, on both a self-taught and class basis, and was highly dedicated to the study of these subjects.

He was a prominent and gifted member of the local Drama Society and Musical Society, and of the local Friary Choir, for many years. He was also a member of a local poetry group, and of the Lions Club and Social and Literary Club. Snooker was one of his great hobbies in the latter club. He was a sincere, kind, sociable, well-loved and cultivated gentleman.

After retiring from the local government service in 1992, he became Arts Officer with South Tipperary County Council, an ideal outlet for a man of his cultural and artistic leanings.

Tragically, his life was cut short at age 67 by his sudden death in May, 1994, just five months after the death from cancer of his beloved wife, Nora (née Slattery), formerly of Coolacussane, Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, Cork and London. Nora had been a State Registered Nurse and State Certified Midwife in London, Cashel and Carrick-on-Suir.

Frank and Nora were the loving and devoted parents of Kieran (Dublin), Neil (Kilkenny) and John (Carrick-on-Suir), by whom they will always be very sadly missed, though these sons are grateful and privileged for the years they had with Frank and Nora as their parents.

Frank's sister Mary (England) died in 2006, and his brother Henry (England) died in 2010. He is survived by his one remaining brother, Colm (Southampton, England). Frank's mother Alice actually outlived him, and died at age 96 in 1999.