Tavanagh, Aughagower, Westport
The death of Acie Noonan took place at the MacBride Community Nursing Unit in the presence of all of his family on April 5, 2017.
Acie was an amazing character who made people laugh with his quick wit and turn of phrase. He had a great outlook on the world and always had the twinkliest blue eyes. Although his passing was a sad loss, his family celebrated his long and eventful life, almost reaching the incredible age of 92 years.
Acie was the last surviving member of a family of seven born to Aeneas and Agnes Noonan. He was born on April 27, 1925 and witnessed a huge amount of change throughout his life. Acie went to school in Aughagower until the age of 14 when he left to help on the family farm. He is remembered as being great friend, a wonderful companion and a very helpful neighbour, especially in difficult times.
Throughout the decades he carried on a mixed farming enterprise. He had tillage and sold vegetables from a horse and cart to the many families of Westport. He farmed pigs, sheep and dairy. He loved all animals but horses were his passion. He loved working horses and he bred many fine Irish draught horses and Connemara ponies. He showed and sold at the Westport Fair for over 80 years. He was also a prominent member of the Westport Horse Show and Horse Fair Committees.
Acie was a founding member of Macra na Feirme and the IFA in Aughagower in the 1950s. He attended many courses showing a willingness to try new things and he was always eager to adopt new technologies in farming. He attended IFA demonstrations in the pursuit of better conditions for farmers in the west of Ireland.
He was always proud of the fact that he worked hard all his life. Outside of the farm he had numerous jobs including working in the building industry, with Mayo County Council and the ESB. Perhaps the happiest he was, was working for Connacht Gold in the marts in Ballinrobe and Westport.
Acie married Nellie Bourke on February 8 1961. Together they became a formidable team. They had many years of happiness together and were blessed with a family of four children. They ingrained in their family many gifts and had a huge appreciation of education and the difference it could make. They insisted on working hard and achieving all that was possible.
Outside of his work Acie enjoyed travelling the country to play cards. He was a great reader and read westerns all of his life. He loved people and making friends from every generation. He enjoyed trips to the Ploughing Championships, Killawalla tours and the Clifden Pony Show.
Acie will be sadly missed by his loving wife Nelly; children AJ (Dublin), John (Westport), Tom (Dublin) and Mary (Aughagower); his nine grandchildren, Jean, Fergus, Acie, Ella, Clodagh, Maebhe, Lucy, Ronan and baby Charlotte; daughters-in-law; son-in-law; nieces, nephews, cousins and a large circle of friends.