Skirdagh, Newport, Co Mayo
A wave of shock and disbelief was cast over the Newport Area on October 11th upon the sudden passing of Oliver Murray. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his close friends and family.
Oliver was born in Skirdagh where he remained until his passing. He was the son of Sal and Denis and the eldest of four siblings, Fionnuala, Denis and Dympna (RIP). Farming was his first love and it was here that he fostered his love for the outdoors which he in turn passed onto his son Damien.
Another main love in his life was that of sports. A founding member of Glenhest Rovers, he remained an avid supporter of soccer, GAA, rugby and at times even sports such as rowing and athletics.
Oliver had recently celebrated his 32nd wedding anniversary with his wife Bridie. They had built a loving home in Skirdagh and had raised their children Denise, Damien and Amanda there. He was a huge family man and always spoke so fondly of his children, siblings, nieces and nephews.
Up until his untimely and sudden passing, Olivers mischievous ways and love of a good laugh remained intact. Even upon his admittance to hospital, that troublesome wink was still evident, letting you know that he was still up to devilment. Anyone who knew him knew that he could bring humour and wit into almost any situation.
The esteem in which he was held was evident in the many people who turned out to pay their respects during his reposal and at his funeral mass and burial in Burishoole.
So with a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Ollie, the loving husband, proud dad, helpful brother, reliable uncle, sports fanatic, farmer, career advisor, life coach, comedian and unforgettable person that was Oliver Murray.
Oliver is remembered by his wife Bridie, his children Denise, Damien and Amanda. His sister Fionnuala, his brother Denis and sister-in-law Valerie, his nieces Michelle, Katie and Sarah, his nephews Padraic and Kevin and his many friends and neighbours.