Death of Wexford local historian Billy Sweetman

Bernard Browne and Wiliam Sweetman at the launch of 'Brothers Divided' at Enniscorthy Library. (Pic; Wexford Today.com).

The death has occurred of leading Wexford local historian, William (Billy) Sweetman, whose last book, ‘Brothers Divided’ telling the story of Edward and Philip Hay from Ballinkeele House from the Penal Laws to Catholic Emancipation, from Tubberneering to Waterloo, from rages to riches, the story of a Wexford family, was published by The Pike Press last January.

A native of Glynn, Co. Wexford, Billy was educated at Glynn National School, St. Peter’s College, Wexford, and University College Cork, and spent a lifetime as a secondary school teacher at Wexford CBS.

He researched numerous accounts of Wexford history down through the years and was a regular contributor to reputable Journal of the Wexford Historical Society.

In 2013 he published ‘County Wexford Trials of 1798’ and at the time, fellow historian and long time friend Bernard Browne paid him an everlasting trubute; “Billy has done an extraordinary job for future historians.”

FAMILY NOTICE; SWEETMAN, WILLIAM (Billy); Whitemill, New Line Road, Wexford and formerly of Lambstown, Glynn at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin, after a short illness borne with courage. Dearly loved husband of Phil, loving and much-loved father of Michael, Marguerite, Cathy, Mary, Billy, Roger and Mary Angela (died in infancy). Brother of Mikey, Mary (Curtis) and the late Margaret (Neville) and Laurence. Will be deeply missed by his loving family, son-in-law Richard, daughters-in-law Ceara and Caroline, Grandchildren Tara, Mikey, Max, Lucy, Mena, Jack and Laurence, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his daughter Cathy’s residence at Castlesow, Crossabeg, Wexford (Y35VP03) on Tuesday 30 July from 3 pm until 8.30 pm. Removal to Church of the Annunciation, Clonard, Wexford on Wednesday 31st July for Requiem Mass at 12 noon followed by burial in St Ibar’s Cemetery, Crosstown, Wexford. Rest in Peace.

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