Ballaghaderreen and formerly of Drumgallagh, Ballycroy
Paddy O’Malley from Bothar Buí in Ballaghaderreen and formerly of Drumgallagh, Ballycroy, passed away recently after a very short illness and left behind a life filled with memories, laughter and fun. Renowned as ‘everyone’s friend, a mighty neighbour and a perfect gentleman,’ Paddy might have lived for 82 years but he had the spirit and the drive of a teenager.
He lived life to the fullest every single day and loved nothing better than spending time in the bosom of his family or with his wide and loyal circle of friends.
Paddy was the son of John and Kate O’Malley (McTigue) and grew up happily overlooking the ocean in Ballycroy with his brother John, sisters Mary and Kate and foster sisters Mary Naughton and Ann McLoughlin.
He had a great work ethic and at a young age began to drive machines for Paddy Sharkey in Ballaghaderreen. Paddy became an integral part of the business and developed great friendships with many men he met along the way, including Sandy Geraghty from Islandeady.
Paddy worked on the clearance of the site for the Shannonside Co-op in Ballaghaderreen and told the owners: “When I have the site cleared I’ll be looking for a job off ye.” He got that job and was a foreman-fitter in Shannonside for many years afterwards.
It was in Ballaghaderreen that he met the love of his life, Aideen Morris-Roe, and they married and settled in Bothar Buí. They were blessed with four wonderful children, Kathy (Monaghan), Gerri (England), James (America) and Grace (Ballaghaderreen).
Paddy adored his family and became an integral part of the Ballaghaderreen community while never losing his love for or connection with Ballycroy.
He was the go-to-man for odd jobs around the town and it was stated that “if O’Malley fixed something for you it would never break again.”
Paddy had a deep love of the GAA and longed for the day when Mayo would win Sam Maguire once again. He knocked great fun from legendary football discussions with his friends in Ballagh’ and will surely be looking down on Andy Moran, David Drake and the Mayo team as they go in search of the great prize in 2017.
Paddy O’Malley was a gentleman from the hair on his head to the tips of his toes. His memory will live on into the future and the way he embraced life will be remembered for generations. May his gentle soul rest in peace.