THE death took place peacefully last week at his residence of Michael Boyle, Currykirwan, Mayo Abbey. News of his passing was received with sadness and regret throughout the region. He died following a relatively short illness.
Michael, or Mick as he was known to many in the locality, was synonymous with the farming scene in this part of Mayo. He served as manager of the Mayo Co-Op for many years and had an instinctive knowledge of the farming fraternity.
The Co-Op is one of the longest established enterprises in the Mayo Abbey district with a history stretching back around 100 years. A number of managers have been at the helm over the decades and Michael was a noble and trusted man who always ran it in the interests of the farming community which he was so proud to serve and did so with such distinction.
Michael was known for his gentle and unassuming nature, his devotion to hard work, and his great respect for the land and the farming way of life. He made friends easily and developed a great working rapport with so many people associated with various aspects of the farming scene.
He had a real and genuine love for the parish of Mayo Abbey and neighbouring areas. Michael was a good and reliable neighbour who could always be called on to lend a helping hand.
He took a keen interest in current affairs and was closely associated with Fianna Fail when it came to local and national politics. He had a wide knowledge of politics in general and matters of a historical nature.
Mick Boyle was a central player in the community life of Mayo Abbey over many years and he will be sadly missed by his family and close friends. He died some months short of his 88th birthday.
Large crowds attended the ceremonies on both days. Reposing was at the Balla Funeral Home on Tuesday evening with removal on Wednesday morning to the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace and St Gerald, Mayo Abbey.
Following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Austin Fergus, and assisted by Fr Richard Gibbons and Fr Nigel Woollen from Knock (where Máire is principal of Knock NS), interment took place in the local cemetery. The soloist at the Mass was Una Nolan from Knock Shrine.
Michael is deeply regretted by his wife Teresa (nee Gaughan from Erris), daughters Máire and Áine, sons-in-law Michael and David, grandsons Matthew, Mark, Daniel, Finn and Iarfhlaith, sisters Kitty Farragher, Gardenfield, and Josie Timoney, Mullingar, brothers-in- law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours.