Ballyhaunis and Loughrea
MICK Murray, Doctors Road, Ballyhaunis, and formerly of Loughrea, who died recently, was a man who made a major contribution to the community life of the Ballyhaunis region over many years.
Mick, who was in his early 70s, was the man behind Connaught Scaffolding, a well established and highly reputable company in the region that he launched with his wife Mary back in 1977. They were joined soon afterwards by Haulie Grady is now the managing director of the company.
They have good and solid employment in the area over several years and established a firm rapport with their customers over the years.
Mick and Mary also operated a pub in Ballyhaunis for a good number during which time they got to know a lot of people from the town and hinterland. Over the years the Murray integrated so well into the community life of the parish and region.
Mick was a loyal Galway supporter all down the years and always retained a great fondness for his home region. Hurling was his first love coming from Loughrea in the heart of the Galway hurling region and he was a proud maroon and white man when Galway won their three All Ireland senior hurling titles in 1980, 1987 and 1988 and when the footballers won the All Ireland in 1998 and 2001.
The family also rallied behind Mayo on many occasions and, like so many others, longed to see them claim the Sam Maguire Cup.
Reposing was at Donnellan’s Funeral Home with removal to Ballyhaunis Church. Burial took place in the local cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Stephen Farragher, PP. The large attendances at the ceremonies reflected the regard and esteem in which Mick was held by so many people over a wide area.
Mick is survived by his wife Mary, sons Stephen and Brian, daughters, Fiona and Mary, the family circle, neighbours and many friends.