RIP Barney - a personal tribute

This is not a piece I ever wanted to pen. On Sunday last, 31 st March, we lost Bernard Fitzgibbon the president and ex-chairman of the Tyneside Irish Centre. He went peacefully during his sleep and is now no doubt reunited with his beloved wife, Doreen, and other members of his large family in a Tipperary heaven. Born in the shadow of the Galtee mountains, Barney came over to Manchester at a young age and by the 1970’s was establishing his civil engineering business in Newcastle having moved up this way for work with his late brother Maurice. He gave employment and “put bread on the table” for dozens of lads coming to the North East on contracts for local authorities and the utility firms. H

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