He received his primary school education in Ballyheane NS. He had two sisters, Margaret Walsh, Hollihill and the late Noreen Conway, Balla. One of Paddy’s first jobs was working in the Castlebar Bacon Factory. After working there for a few years he moved on to work as a porter in Mayo General Hospital up until his retirement in 1989.
In the hospital he will be fondly remembered for his genuine and sincere approach to life and for the caring way he dealt with patients. During his time there he made numerous friends among his work colleagues and with members of the general public.
In March 1973, he married Noreen Cosgrove from Belmullet and they made their home in Kilboyne.
Whether it was in the hospital or in his home or on the farm Paddy carried out every job meticulously. The neat and tidy manner in which he maintained his home and farm bore testimony to this. He was once described as a person who did the ordinary things extraordinarily well.
During his leisure time he enjoyed a game of pool or snooker and dancing an old time waltz in one of the local singing lounges.
For Paddy the farming year started early. He always liked to have the turf and hay saved early in the year. He took great care of his farm animals and was a keen judge of quality livestock.
A philosophical man by nature, he enjoyed reminiscing about days gone by and when his counsel was required he dug deep into his reservoir of life’s experience and always offered good solid advice.
Blessed with a good sense of humour and a hearty laugh, Paddy had the ability to make the visitor to his home feel important and wanted.
He loved nature and had a great respect for the countryside, with a particular appreciation of the culture and heritage of his native place.
During his illness Paddy was well cared for in the Dublin and Castlebar hospitals and he was deeply appreciative of this.
Paddy’s strong Christian faith was fuelled by his regular attendances at Mass and the sacraments. Among those who knew him he will be remembered as a man who brought out the best in everyone he met on his journey through life. He lived his life in close harmony with his creator as he cared for his animals and took care of his vegetable garden.
To Noreen he was a caring and devoted husband and appreciated her care and also the visits from his many other relatives, neighbours and friends.
Hisfuneral took place from Coady’s Funeral Home to the Church of the Holy Rosary and after requiem Mass celebrated by Fr John Cosgrove he was laid to rest in Castlebar Cemetery. To his wife, Noreen (nee Cosgrove) sister, Margaret Walsh, Hollyhill, Castlebar, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and his many other relatives and friends we extend our sincerest sympathies. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
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