The death took place on August 7 last of Hughie McLoughlin, Bohea, Liscarney, Westport, in his 70th year. Hughie was the son of the late Tom and Mamie McLoughlin, Bohea. He was the youngest of six brothers and was educated in Brackloon NS. Hughie moved to England in his late teens to work on the buildings alongside his brothers, returning home after a few years where he took up work in the forestry industry and made many a good friend. Hughie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1985, an illness which he bore with huge courage and dignity and battled with for 32 years. Hughie’s brother Tommy Joe (RIP) and wife Bridie took care of Hughie in the family home. On Tommy Joe’s passing in 2010, Bridie continued to care for Hughie along with his nieces, Mags, Tina and Caroline; nephews, Tom and Gerry and partners, Dave, Caraiosa and Bridget. They all looked after him tirelessly through the years of his illness, which made his life more comfortable in his loving home up until his passing. Hughie had a special bond with Mary Heraty who looked after him for the last 12 years, in the mornings and evenings, and was always just a phone call away. Hughie’s family are truly grateful to her.
Hughie enjoyed the craíc with all the public health nurses, all his home help and the Irish Wheelchair Association, who were always there for Hughie. He appreciated each and everyone of you. Hughie loved the comfort of his own home, he enjoyed watching TV, especially the westerns, and enjoyed listening to Mid West Radio. He had a great love for animals, dogs and horses and was always a familiar face at the local shows. Hughie loved to see his friends coming for a visit, especially when his brothers would come home to visit in Bohea; his grandnieces, Rachel, Chloe, Mollie and Sophie, and grandnephews Matthew, Joshua and TJ. They all brought him such joy and he loved to see them after school and at weekends. One special visitor who called to see Hughie when she was taking part in the Tóchair Pádraig walk was ex-President, Mrs Mary McAleese, with whom he had a photo taken. The picture, since that day, took centre stage on his wall. There were many happy family gatherings over the years and among the most memorable was Hughie’s 70th birthday celebration in February of this year. Hughie will be very sadly missed by his sister-in-law Bridie (Westport); his brothers, Pakie (London), Terence (Northampton), John Edward (Tralee); aunt, Maggie-Ann (England); his cousins, the Hallinan sisters; his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, sisters-in-law, extended family and a wide circle of friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Francie in 2001, Tommy Joe in 2010 and his sister-in-law Kathleen in 2010. Hughie loved life and never complained, his courage and positive attitude was an inspiration to all his family. He will be sadly missed by each and every one of us. Hughie was laid to rest in the family grave in Aughavale Cemetery. May his kind and gentle soul have peaceful rest.