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Aidan Golden laid to rest

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LOVED LIFE  Aidan Golden

Mike Finnerty

HUGE crowds turned out over two days last weekend in Ballinrobe to pay their respects to Aidan Golden, who was laid to rest on Saturday afternoon.
The well-known 40 year-old from the South Mayo town died suddenly while on holiday in Portugal last Sunday week.
An employee of McGrath’s in Cong, Aidan had won Mayo GAA Intermediate and Under-21 championship medals with Ballinrobe, and also lined out with Ballinrobe RFC with great distinction for many years.
During his Funeral Mass in St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe, last Saturday, Aidan was remembered by Fr Michael Gormally PP as ‘a kind, caring and loving person’ who ‘was a wonderful husband’ who ‘always brought the best out in people’.
A message from Aidan’s wife, Aedemar, where she spoke of her love for her husband of seven years, was also read to the congregation by Aidan’s brother, Noel.
“Aidan was an example of how all men should be — hard-working, family focused, fun-loving, and a wonderful husband.
“Aidan had an ability to make everyone comfortable, never forced, always smiling, always laughing, and ever present.
“Aidan was always in the thick of the action and, like a true Ballinrobe man knows, this action always happened ‘up town’.
“I’m always thankful for every day I got to see his glowing cheeks, and for the jokes we shared and lessons learned.
“I know he’s an angel now, looking down on us all, saying, ‘No need to be crying, everything will work out in the end’”.
Brian Golden, Aidan’s oldest brother, also addressed the congregation and thanked ‘everyone who helped the family in their hour of need’ and reflected on, among other things, his brother’s love of song and sport.
“We know we have lost a shining light,” said Brian.
“Aidan wasn’t a man of many words, but his actions spoke louder than all the words in the dictionary.
“A mammy’s boy to the very end, he was a big man, but a very gentle man, loved and trusted by many people.
“He minded his own business, and ‘live and let live’ was his motto.
“To the people of Ballinrobe, South Mayo and the surrounding areas, and further afield, I thank each and every one of you who called to the house, phoned, texted, e-mailed, made sandwiches, brought food, and did anything to help.
“People complain that we don’t have this and that in this town, but what we do have is great people, with community spirit and regard for each other.
“When tragedy strikes, that’s when we rally around. Over the next few weeks, months, and years we will all need each other to rally around and push through.”
Brian Golden concluded by singing Jenn Bostic’s ‘Jealous of the Angels’ before signing off: ‘Aidan, God speed, You’re a fine man’.
Aidan Golden was laid to rest in the new cemetery, Ballinrobe.
He is survived by his wife, Aedemar; parents James and Marguerite; brothers Brian and Noel; and sister Mary; parents-in-law, Jackie and Maura Hyland; nephews; nieces; and a wide circle of family and friends.