The late Liam Reddan (far right) at a Nenagh World Aid event in 2000.

Tributes to Liam: 'World Aid will be a smaller place without Liam'

The Nenagh community was saddened to learn of another untimely passing with the recent death of popular local man Liam Reddan.

Liam, of Coolihooliga and originally from O'Rahilly St, was a member of Nenagh World Aid Society for more than 25 years. Treasurer for many of those years, he became in many ways the face of the local charity group, and he was instrumental in helping it collect donations for people in need in countries overseas.

Secretary Marie Lawlor joined World Aid at the old Ormond Hotel on the same night as Liam, along with Mary Langton and the late Denis Hanly. She said Liam served the charity as an excellent treasurer, motivator and organiser of the likes of table quizes, treasure hunts, street collections and other fundraising events.

Liam was also World Aid's principal spokesperson, a natural orator who spoke at all of the charity's events. A moment of particular pride for Liam - and, indeed, one of his more entertaining speeches - was when he spoke at the society's 50th anniversary celebration at Nenagh Pastoral Centre in 2016.

"World Aid will be a smaller place without Liam," Ms Lawlor said. "He was a gentleman through and through."

Serving his local community as a reader at Mass for several years, Liam was also a great singer and raconteur. He came from a proud Nenagh family and took a great interest in the history of his hometown, of which he loved to share his rich knowledge with others.

Working at the Office of the Revenue Commissioners on St Conlon's Road, Liam was also held in high regard by his colleagues. Sadly, he had to bear a long illness and he died on September 10th at the age of 63.

Chief celebrant at Liam's funeral Mass at St Mary of Rosary Church was his brother, Fr Michael Reddan, who served as a missionary overseas for many years. Predeceased by his parents Paddy and Nancy Reddan, Liam was beloved husband of Mary B and loving father of Kathy-Ann and Michael, brother of Fr Michael, Margaret Mary, Kathleen and Theresa. He is sadly missed by his loving family, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, aunt Mary B Grace, very special and loyal friends, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and a wide circle of friends.

Burial took place at Monsea Cemetery, Ballycommon. May he rest in peace.