Reek View Terrace, Westport
The death has occurred of Niall Farren, Reek View Terrace, Westport, aged 48. Niall was better known to everyone as ‘Sid’. Niall moved from Louisburgh, where he spent many happy years, to Westport in Christmas 1981, and he wasted no time making friends with Kenneth Canning, whose house became a second home. It was Kenneth who christened Niall ‘Sid’ after a cartoon character from the Beezer comic called, ‘Sid - the Coppers Kid’.
Westport suited Niall when he was growing up as he was hugely social and was involved in every Westport youth activity going. In all the photographs that have surfaced recently, he was always with friends, smiling, happy and enjoying life. After secondary school, there followed two years of third level in Letterkenny. After graduating he returned to Westport and took up employment in Allergan, where he worked for a number of years and made many friends. In 2003, Niall opted for self employment and ‘Sid’s Taxis’ was formed and was going strong up until his recent death.
In the eulogies, at his funeral Mass, what mattered most to Niall was mentioned, notably his daughter Nina, and his godchild Molly, both of whom participated in his Mass, and both of whom he was extremely proud of. Also mentioned were his close circle of friends who were truly great friends, from start to finish, and tied in with these friends was his local league team ‘The Militia’, who as mentioned, were famous for everything except football.
Westport too played a big part in his life. He was a true homebird. He loved the town, its people, the characters and the stories. He himself was part of Westport on a daily basis, a familiar sight in his silver Octavia, with his distinctive style of greeting you.
There were also hiccups in his life, most notably the death of his mother Etta in 2010, which was a shock and left a huge void. Anybody who knew Etta knew that she ran the show. Etta’s passing was particularly tough for her husband Pat, but Niall along with his brother Andrew, were a great support for their dad on a daily basis, when it matters most.
Funerals often reveal the true person and this was the case with Niall. All the people that sympathised had the stories about him. The compliments paid to him, particularly in relation to his dealing with his older clients through his taxi business, revealed him for what he was.
He had an easy, laidback, inoffensive nature, a charm, a great set of social skills with a fabulous circle of friends and acquaintances. Niall’s worklife balance was firmly tilted towards life and while his life was cut tragically short, he can be happy knowing that he lived a full life. Most importantly he lived his life on his terms and enjoyed every minute. He is missed terribly by his family and friends. Niall was predeceased by his mother Etta (nee McPhillips), late of Clones, Co Monaghan. He is sadly missed by his loving father Pat, brothers Paul and Andrew, daughter Nina, aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May he rest in peace, where one suspects his mother will be waiting for him.