MATT Gill (pictured), Bloomfield, Hollymount, who died at Swinford District Hospital on Friday, was a prominent member of the Hollymount community down through the years. He had been coping with failing health over the last year.
Matt and his wife Noreen (nee McDermott) raised a family of eight, four daughters and four sons. The family have been involved in various aspects of the community life of the area over the years, especially the GAA scene.
Matt, who was 70 back in March, was steeped in the farming tradition of his region of south Mayo. He and his family operated a major farming enterprise and he was synonymous with quality livestock and attention to detail on the land.
Matters relating to agriculture and livestock were always close to his heart. He was held in great regard throughout the farming fraternity and his advice was valued by those who sought it.
Matt was a passionate Hollymount and Mayo supporter. He had an abiding love for the Hollymount club and was also a devoted follower of the county team. He was so proud of the team that won three Mayo senior club championships in 1990, 1991 and 1994.
He was especially proud back in 1996 and 1997 when his neighbour and cousin, Noel Connelly, captained Mayo in the All–Ireland Finals of those years in Croke Park.
Outside of farming and GAA, Matt took a keen interest in politics and current affairs. He was a life-long supporter of the Fine Gael party and canvassed for their candidates in the council and general elections all through the years. He loved the tension and excitement of the count days in Castlebar and the friendly banter between all sides at the conclusion of the campaigns.
Matt was a regular at the local 25 games and always enjoyed meeting up with neighbours and friends for the weekly get-togethers.
Throughout his illness, he remained upbeat and positive and fought the good fight to the end. He will be greatly missed by his devoted family and many friends around the region.
A large crowd attended the reposing at Fr Paddy’s house in Robeen yesterday evening (Monday). Removal takes place from his residence today, Tuesday morning, to Robeen church for Requiem Mass at 11am with the funeral proceeding afterwards to Robeen Cemetery.
Matt is deeply regretted by his wife Noreen and their family, Niamh (Swansea); Conor, Matthew, Fionnuala (Ballydesmond, Co Cork); Oisín, John, Ailbhe and Eimear; brothers, John (Ballyhaunis); Oliver (London); sisters, Chris Jordan (Knock); Eva Brogan (Cashel, Robeen); daughter-in-law, Yvonne; sons-in-law, Matt and Fergal; brothers-in-law, sisters-in- law, grandchildren, Saoirse, Cian and Aoife; nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.