Community bids farewell to legendary entertainer

by Padraig Conlon
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One of Tallaght’s greatest characters Paddy Finlay, or Paddy Drac as he was known to generations of Dubliners, was fondly remembered at his funeral this week.

The popular and much-loved Dracula impersonator sadly died last Saturday aged 74 after a short battle with cancer.

His family and friends gathered in a packed St Dominic’s Church in Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght on Tuesday to bid him a final goodbye.

Paddy, who worked as an undertaker at Rom Masseys, marched in the Dublin St Patricks Day Parade for 49 years in a row but was unable to attend this year’s parade.

He was also just as well known for his years of charity work and picked up a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tallaght Person of the Year Awards in 2016.

Fr Larry Collins, who officiated, spoke of Paddy’s kindness.

“He would help the children with special needs, he had a great heart, that was a lovely side of him,” he said.

“Paddy was never in bad humour even though he had many crosses to carry. He was always available and gave his time and energy for no fee.”

Paddy is survived by his wife Breda, son Graham, and granddaughter Ruby.

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