Death Notices

Peadar O’Dowd

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Bohermore, Galway

Peadar passed away peacefully on the 3rd of January 2024 after a short illness, at University Hospital Galway. Predeceased by his parents John and Bridget and his sister Nono (Hession).


Peadar will be deeply mourned and sadly missed by his loving wife Mary, brothers Willie and Martin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.


Reposing in Irwin’s Funeral Home, Bóthar Irwin (H91 CK84), on Sunday, the 7th of January, from 5:30pm with removal to St. Patrick’s Church, Forster Street, at 7:30pm. Requiem Mass will be celebrated for Peadar on Monday, the 8th of January, at 12 noon. Following mass he will be laid to rest in Rahoon Cemetery.

Funeral mass can be live-streamed via


Ar Dheis Dé, go raibh a Anam Dílis.


House private please, family flowers only.


Book of Condolence: For those of you who would have liked to attend the funeral but are unable to do so, are invited to leave a personal message in the condolence section below.

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  1. Eternal rest.
    So sad, a great lecturer/historian.
    A huge loss to Galway.
    Deepest sympathy to all family.
    Always remembered.
    Teresa L.

  2. Florentine Hayden, Ardnamara, Salthill. My very deep & sincere sympathy to Mary & The O Dowd Family on the sad passing of Peadar. Peadar was a real gentleman to the finger-tips. I have great memories of times spent in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club especially in the Badminton section. May his soul rest in the arms of Jesus,

  3. Sincere condolence’s to Peadar’s wife Mary, his brothers and extended family on the passing of Peadar.
    While teaching at St. Benin’s Vocational School Glenamaddy I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. O’Dowd when I attended some classes he gave at that time. This was long before he became leading Historian of Galway City. I wished I had picked his brain a little more.
    Rest In Peace Mr. O’ Dowd.

  4. Deepest sympathy to Mary, and the extended O’Dowd family on the sudden and sad passing of Peadar
    May his kind and gentle soul rest in Eternal Peace