The death has taken place of Seán Walsh, Killawillaune, Killawalla, Westport, a well-known and popular member of the local community. Seán was born in a time when much of the farm work was done by manual labour. However, he welcomed the modern developments in agriculture down through the years. For Seán, one of the highlights of the farming year was the threshing season, during which time he and his brother, the late Paddy Walsh, travelled from haggard to haggard, with the yellow and red Garvey threshing machine.
The Walsh family possessed a positive entrepreneurial spirit and developed other off-farm enterprises, such as a limekiln, which supplied lime to many in the local area.
A philosophical man by nature, Seán enjoyed reminiscing about days gone by and when his counsel was required he dug deep into his reservoir of life experience and always offered good solid advice.
In recent years, Seán enjoyed his weekly Thursday trips on the bus to Castlebar. His pleasant and affable personality was the bridge across which many friends came into his life. It was therefore fitting that the esteem in which he was held in his native community and further afield was reflected in the large crowd of mourners which came to bid farewell to their great neighbour and friend on both days of his funeral. This took place from Killawalla Community Centre to Killawalla Church and following requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the local Cemetery.
Seán was predeceased by his sister Mary Kate (Flanagan, St Louis) and Paddy Walsh, Killawillaune.
Sincerest sympathies are extended to his sisters, Lily Keane, Cloonee, Partry; Bea Di Rocco and Nancy Gibbons, St Louis, Missouri; Teresa Flynn, New York, brother, Dr Michael Walsh, Illinois, nephews and nieces and extended family. May his gentle soul rest in peace.