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Laois man fondly remembered as a teacher, performer and footballer

Members of the Laois Musical Society performing at their production of Carousel in The Dunamaise Theatre, Portlaoise in the year 2000, with Richard Booth as "Enoch Snow" having a word with Yvonne Murphy as "Carrie Pipperidge".

The death has taken place of Richard Booth of Killeen, Mountmellick.

Popularly and affectionately known as ‘Blondie’ Richard he was a retired Deputy Principal of St Paul’s School on the Borris Road.

He kicked football with the Heath and also lined out for the county. He won a senior title with the Heath in 1974 when he togged out at half-back. The Heath beat their neighbours Emo that day, after a replay.

He was also a highly regarded and gifted performer who played major roles in the productions of both the Laois Musical Society and the Portlaoise Panto. Colleagues and friends speak of him in glowing terms as a true gent.

Richard was the beloved son of the late Joe and Emma Booth, Ballyduff, Stradbally.

He is deeply regretted by his loving wife Norma and his family Shane, Ciara and Fiona, granddaughter Chloe, brothers and sisters, uncle Paddy, aunt Ter, nephews, nieces, father-in-law Jack Hedigan (Clonakilty), son-in-law Ray, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, neighbours, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Reposing in Moloney’s Funeral Home, Mountmellick today, Friday, December 13 from 5pm (R32PC95). There will be recital of the Rosary at 8pm.

Also reposing at his home (R32V8C0) on Saturday from 3.30pm. Recital of the Rosary at 8.30pm.

His funeral will be arriving Church of The Assumption, The Heath on Sunday, December 15 for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Burial after in the adjoining cemetery.

Family time on Sunday morning please.

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John Whelan has been a journalist, commentator, columnist, political analyst, campaigner, politician and publisher ever since he was 17. Having been Editor of the Leinster Express, Offaly Express and the Leinster Leader he has also contributed extensively on a number of issues to all of the country's flagship titles and programmes including the Irish Press, The Irish Independent, the Star, the Sunday Independent, the Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Times and Prime Time. He is founder of Communicate Ireland a PR, public affairs, event management and media services company. He is the author of the popular camping blog, Vanhalla - Camper Heaven.