Founder of Pat McDonnell Paints remembered as a 'great community man' following his passing

Founder of Pat McDonnell Paints remembered as a 'great community man' following his passing

Pat McDonnell pictured back when Pat McDonnell Paints celebrated 40 years in business in 2017.

Pat McDonnell, the founder of the renowned paint and decorating retailer Pat McDonnell Paints, has been remembered as "a great business person and a great community man" following his passing.

Mr McDonnell, from Grenagh, passed peacefully, surrounded by his family at Cork University Hospital on Tuesday.

His funeral takes place today.

Mr McDonnell is survived by his wife Cora and their four children, Aidan, Shane, Trish and Trini.

Speaking to The Echo, Cork county councillor Liam Madden lauded Mr McDonnell for his business prowess and his community work. 

"He was a great business person and a great community man. 

"I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to Cora, Aidan, Shane, Trish, Trini and all McDonnell and O’Keefe families at this sad time. 

"May Pat rest in peace," he said.

Pat McDonnell founded Pat McDonnell Paints alongside his wife Cora back in 1977 from an 8ft by 8ft megastore on Grattan Street.

It became quickly apparent that more space was required and the business moved over to Bachelor's Quay.

This Bachelor's Quay store is still in existence today, along with another Cork store on Centre Park Road and six others nationwide. 

All of the stores will close today at 2pm as a mark of respect to Mr McDonnell.

Normal business operations will resume tomorrow. 

Grenagh GAA Club, where Mr McDonnell served as the Club's President, has also suspended all club activities until further notice as a mark of respect.

"Pat was one of nature’s gentlemen both on and off the field," a spokesperson for the Club said.

"He played a bit of hurling with the Club in his younger days and later became Secretary of the Club, a role in which he excelled.

"He was one of the men instrumental in the purchase of the original playing field," he continued.

Pat was later appointed as President of Grenagh GAA Club, a position which he relished.

"He was respected far and wide within the GAA community and within the parish," the spokesperson continued.

"We couldn’t speak highly enough of him."

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