Mayneen, Aughagower, Westport
A veil of sadness loomed over Aughagower and its surrounding areas following the untimely death of Gearóid Langan of Mayneen on Monday morning, July 31 2017. Gearóid, aged 51, passed away peacefully after a very short illness.
Gearóid was born in July 1966 and lived very happily in Mayneen all of his life. He was son of Eamonn and Mary Langan and was the youngest of their six children, with Majella, Christopher, Dorothy, Cornelia and Cora born before him. He attended Derrygorman National School and later the Christian Brothers School in Westport.
As a young man he did various jobs until he started on his chosen career of plastering. He was a very big, strong man, and hard work was never a bother to him. Gearóid was a talented plasterer and this was demonstrated in his work which he carried out with such style and ease. Remarkably, for a big man, he could move gracefully on stilts and still perform his duties to perfection.
He took enormous satisfaction in running the family farm and the care and attention he provided was evident in his suckler heard of which he was so proud. He farmed up until his illness prevented him from doing so.
Gearóid was interested in all types of sports. As a younger man he played football for a time but his preferred sport was boxing with St Anne’s Boxing Club in Westport, where he competed in various competitions. For over 30 years he was a very keen darts player entering competitions with great success. He played county darts for many years, achieving success as Connaught Cup Champion. He also achieved success as a Westport Darts League champion, playing with The Spinning Wheel.
Gearóid was described as having one of the ‘silkiest’ throws that one could ever see. He was captain of The Big Tree Darts team and as a mark of the esteem in which he was held by his teammates, he held that position until he passed away.
Gearóid was known for his love of sport, particularly Liverpool FC and Mayo GAA. He was a faithful Mayo supporter and would surely be proud of their success so far this year.
Gearóid was a family man, the manner in which he cared for both his parents as they reached the end of their lives was a testament of his character. Gearóid was well-known for being a very happy-go-lucky person and always brought a smile to those he met. He was a very optimistic, outgoing person, even in the face of adversity. He was known far and wide for bringing his lightheartedness,wit and humour into all situations.
Gearóid loved to travel, his travels started with a sun holiday over 30 years ago with his darts mates and from that he covered places as far off as Korea. Shortly after his return from what was to be his last holiday to Iceland, Gearóid got some devastating news when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. His prognosis was not good from the start but being the optimistic person he was, he bore his burden with such dignity and without complaint at any stage during his illness.
The esteem in which he was held was evident in the thousands of people who turned out to pay their respects during his reposal at the family home, in the Aughagower Community Centre and at his funeral Mass and burial in Aughagower.
The ceremony was officiated at by Fr Michéal MacGréil, whose homily focused on Gearóid’s positive attitude, his kindness, his love of his family, of life and the land. Gearóid was a man with a strong faith.
The readings were given by his Godson Pierce Faherty and by Sheila’s son James Duffy. The gifts were brought to the altar by two more of his Godchildren, David Langan and Ciaran Walsh.
Delivering a post-communion eulogy, his sister Cora spoke of the love Gearóid had for his wife Sheila, the many years of such happiness they shared together, and the respect he had for her son James. She spoke of how blessed they all were to have such a fantastic brother for 51 years. He was a reliable and trusted neighbour in the village of Mayneen, always there to lend a hand. She also acknowledged what a privilege it was for Gearóid’s friends to have known him.
Gearóid Langan is survived by his wife Sheila; stepson James; brother Christopher; sisters, Majella, Dorothy, Cornelia and Cora; brothers-in-law, cousins other relatives, neighbours and many friends.
May he rest in peace.