Tributes have been pouring in following the passing of a prominent Limerick publican described as “a true gentleman.”

The community of Adare is saddened at the death of Pat Collins, who fielded many a great night full of hospitality, humour and craic at his Main Street licensed premises, Pat Collins Bar.

One tribute described Pat as “a unique person” and a “gentleman at all times.”

One condolence, from Cappagh, recalled fond memories of Pat following the news of such a sad loss. He said: “Pat was a good friend with a great sense of fun in Adare CBS in the ’50’s and retained his wit and good humour throughout his life.”

Another tribute fondly recalled lessons learned from Pat in what he called the “University of life.”

“I will never forget his kindness to me many years ago. He was exceptional and I will be eternally grateful,” one person wrote.

Adare GAA also paid tribute to Pat, saying that they were deeply saddened to learn of his passing. “Our thoughts are with Pat’s family, friends, and all who knew him,” the club said.

At his mass in Adare, his sons reminded mourners at Pat’s passion for sport, particularly horse racing, golf and hurling.

Patrick Collins passed away peacefully at Milford Care Centre on Monday, July 11. Pat is sadly missed by his sons Michael, Padraig and Sean and daughter Sinead, and their mother Carmel, and a large circle of friends. Pat was laid to rest at Adare Old Cemetery on Wednesday. May he rest in peace.

From the Limerick Leader.

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