IT was with deep regret and sadness that the people of Tullamore learned of the death of Peter Scully. Peter was the former manager of the Golden Vale Mart on Arden Road from 1969 to 2010.
A popular man, he was noted for his friendly and pleasant demeanour. Former colleague and now Manager of the Mart, Antoinette Daly said she worked with Peter and always found him extremely easy and nice to work with.
During his time as manager he also presented the Mart Reports for Midlands 103, a job he did with great efficiency, never making a mistake and rattling off the reports with tremendous clarity and professionalism.
Before being appointed Manager of the Golden Vale Mart, Peter was manager of the Farmer’s Mart in Tullamore, a job he was appointed to in 1967.
When Golden Vale Mart bought the farmer’s mart in Tullamore, Peter recalled in a book called ‘From Fair to Mart and Beyond...’ by Sean Liston, that he was approached by one of the owners Thomas Byrne who told him that a deal had been done with a “big crowd from Limerick called Golden Vale Mart.”
“So the bottom almost fell out of my world. I was wondering what’s going to happen here.” But Peter was told it would be a great opportunity for “a young man like himself.”
He was informed by Thomas Byrne: “It would be a much bigger outfit than we would be and there would be much better opportunities. But I could see myself probably being surplus to requirements at that stage, and only just about to get married. That was the start of my association with Golden Vale Mart and that was around June 1969, until I semi-retired in 2010.”
During his time as manager, Peter had to deal with difficulties presented by the bank strikes which occurred in 1979 and 1976.
He recounted in the same book. “It was very difficult. We had a lot of very difficult decisions to make with different people – some of them we were familiar with and some that we were not at all familiar.” Peter said some would come to the mart expecting to do business by cheque even though there was no place to cash the cheque.“I had an old black bag at the time, going around under my arm, you mightn’t think there was much in it, but at any given time, I’d have a couple of thousand pounds in cash – it was a lot of money back then.”
Peter retired from the Golden Vale Mart in 2010 and handed over the reins to Antoinette Daly. But he was still involved in the property section of the business until early 2018 when his declining health meant he could no longer do so.
Peter was also a former treasurer and committee member of Tullamore Pitch and Putt Club and was credited with being the driving force behind the sprinkling system which was installed in 1981. To raise funds for the system he and his late wife Eileen organised a Lord Mayor of Tullamore competition.
In a tribute to him the club said: “The watering system was a vital step in making Arden the beautiful course it is today and for that we owe a debt of gratitude to both Peter and Eileen.
The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to Peter’s sisters Mary and Martina, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law and wide circle of friends.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
Peter spent his latter months in the care of Esker Ri nursing home. He was predeceased by his wife Eileen, whom he was devoted to throughout her life.
Peter’s funeral Mass took place in the Church of the Assumption Tullamore and burial was in the Monastery Cemetery, Clara.