Quay Street, Westport & Springfield, Castlebar
He will not be forgotten, Michael was a man of strength, character and love,
He was a man to celebrate and remember
Michael was remarkable in so many ways, he lived his life to the fullest and touched so many people during his short time here with us
He never let anyone or anything stand in the way of making things right
Michael was born in London on October 27 1959 to Ann and Billy Foy, where he lived for two years before returning to Ireland. He then resided in 111 McHale Road for ten years, until moving to Springfield, Castlebar .
Michael went to St Patrick’s National School followed by St Gerald’s College, Castlebar. He worked part-time over the years to earn a few pounds in the Welcome Inn Hotel, starting off with cleaning the pots and progressing to pulling the pints behind the bar and working as a bouncer at the night club. He went on from there in 1978 to Balinasloe to train to be a psychiatric nurse for a number of years.
A few years later he went to Dublin working as a nurse and was working as a supervisor for General Electric Diamonds. He then married his beloved wife Geraldine and went on to have three beautiful children; daughters Ciara and Avril, and son Steven. Michael was a family man and loved his family profoundly. He was a devoted husband /son/father/uncle/granda brother and was a great friend to have. He was a very respectful and caring man.
Michael took all the roles in his short lived life to heart and he strove to honour, support and guide, and most importantly, protect his family, even during his tough times when he was sick; he never let on to anyone as he didn’t want people to worry for him. His devotion to his family was the foundation of his actions – the anchor that defined and shaped his life.
Michael was a good friend to so many people. He could be counted on and depended on always, whether you needed simple advice, an empathetic ear or even a shoulder to lean on. He was your man; ready, steadfast and willing to help.
Michael came to Westport in 1995 and purchased his pub McCarthys. He rejuvenated the Quay Corner from scratch, and himself and Geraldine took the challenge on board and worked very hard to bring the business to where it is at today. Michael loved to work behind the bar and have the craic and a pint of beer with all his customers. As the business continued to grow they put a bed and breakfast onto it, with eight en-suite rooms and a number of holiday apartments.
Of course this wasn’t enough for Michael, he had to be one of the first taxi services in Westport, with a fleet of buses that he was so proud of. He had great regard for his drivers and always spoke highly of them. Michael and his team brought so many children to and from school over many years, and all other people to their destinations safely.
Michael loved fishing. From his early days as a young lad to his organised fishing day trips to Inishturk, he would come back with buckets full of mackerel and go straight out to the BBQ to cook them. They went down a treat with all his punters, he had a flair for cooking and of course his main ingredient was garlic. You could nearly smell him before you seen him.
Michael was a businessman who saw opportunity and made the most of it. One could say that what he touched turned to gold because he had a vision to act and work hard and succeed.
Michael was a well respected and highly sought out man in both the Castlebar and Westport communities, which was very apparent in the large numbers that passed through his family home for his funeral and for his funeral celebration Mass the following day. Hundreds came to pay their last respects to a gentleman.
Michael, you will always be remembered through the many people still left behind, whose lives you touched so positively
No one knows how much we miss you, no one knows our bitter pain,
we have suffered since we lost you, life will never be the same.
On our hearts your memory lingers, sweetly tender fond and true,
there is not a day dear Michael, that we do not think of you.
Rest in peace Michael, and thanks for all you’ve done,
we pray that God has given you the crown you’ve truly won.
Until we meet again. Sadly missed by his wife, Geraldine; daughters, Ciara and Avril; son, Steven; grandson, William; mother, Ann; brothers, Liam and John and sisters, Ruby Martha and Jean