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James (Jimmy) Walsh


Forkfield, Ayle, Westport

The death took place of Jimmy Walsh on May 19 at Mayo University Hospital. Jimmy was born on April 24, 1926. in Bunrower, Ayle, to James and Nora Walsh (nee Lehane). He attended Knockrooskey NS, and after leaving school he went to work in England at the age of 20. There he met his wife Teresa (nee O’Brien).
On March 26, 1953, they got married in St Mary’s Church in West Croydon. Jimmy’s two sons Aiden and Tom were born in Croydon in the following years. While in England he worked on the underground train systems for some time, but spent most of his tim plastering for McAlpines contractors.
In 1957 Jimmy and his family moved home to Forkfield, Ayle. His two daughters Mary and Breege were born in the following years. Jimmy worked the land and worked briefly with Mayo County Council and with McDonnell Contractors in Castlebar. In 1963 Jimmy commenced work in Westport textile and worked there until 1980.
Jimmy’s first love was farming, and he took great pride in his suckler farm. He attended Westport Mart weekly until its closure. Jimmy enjoyed 64 years of marriage to his wife Teresa. In his later years he wrote a book about his life and times and donated the proceeds to Rock Rose House in Castlebar.
Jimmy is survived by his wife Teresa, sons Aidan (Knockrooskey) and Tom (Bunnowen); daughters Mary Heraty (Dooncastle); Breege Joyce (Naas); daughters-in-law; sons-in-law; 16 grandchildren; brother Paddy; nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his two brothers John Joe and Tom and his sister Mary. Every year he lived in hope that Mayo would lift Sam again. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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