Quay Road, Newport, Mayo.
On September 18, 2017, Michael died peacefully after a long, well fought battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Although he had been severely incapacitated by his illness and indeed wheelchair bound for the best part of five years, he exuded a calm and peacefulness. And even when he lost his ability to speak, Michael’s twinkling green Kelly eyes were still able to let you know what he thought, be that good or bad.
Michael was born and raised on McBride Terrace, Westport, son to Ciss and Michael, brother to Noreen and Bridie. He became a telegram boy at the tender age of fourteen thus starting his forty odd years with An Post. The singing postman was performing with one of his numerous bands in Newport Parochial Hall in 1965 when he cast his eye on a young beauty in the crowd and quickly left the stage to dance with her. Mary Jo and Michael would have been married fifty years next year. Despite all those years in Newport, Michael remained a through and through covey.
While Mary Jo was his first love, a close second was golf. For many years, he was a member of both Westport and Mulranny Golf Clubs, and at one stage, became Captain in Mulranny, an honour he relished. Michael retired early with the sole ambition of playing golf, to lower his handicap further and fill our cabinets with yet more crystal, but it wasn’t to be. Within months of his retirement, his health began to cause concern. Motor Neurone Disease is ruthless and pitiless. It stripped Michael of nearly everything, the use of his limbs, his speech, his beautiful singing voice, and his independence. Yet he never complained, never asked why me, never became bitter or angry. He never lost his faith in God.
So with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Michael, the loving husband, the proud dad, the doting and besotted grandad, the fun-loving prankster, the fanatical golfer, the postman with no sense of direction, the cool handed card player, the competitive pool player, the twinkle toed jiver, the imaginary golf club swinging covey, the vivacious sociable character that was Michael Kearns.
Michael is remembered and loved by his wife Mary Jo, daughters Michelle, Peggy and Paula, son John, sons-in-law Tom and Pat, daughter-in-law Teresa, grandchildren Jane, Eoin, Grace, Lucy, William, Manus, Kate, Ailbe, Emily, Anna, Alice and Jack; sisters Noreen and Bridie, nieces Angela and Karen, nephew Anthony, and extended family, neighbours, and many, many friends.