MICK Hession from Logatemple, Claremorris, was truly one of nature’s gentlemen. The legendary Mayo football supporter was 83 and had been in declining health in recent years.
It was a privilege to have known Mick and one was always enriched and uplifted after meeting him and sharing in the conversations of the day. He was a gentle soul with a lovely understanding of human nature.
Mick excelled in old fashioned politeness, a quality that is sadly lacking in so many areas of society these times. He was a people’s person and had a natural bond with all ages. The generation gap did not exist in Mick’s lexicon. He was as comfortable chatting to teenagers and young people as he was to those of his own generation.
Born in nearby Ballinastanford, the home village of the Hession family, he attended the local National School. At the age of 14, he got a job in what was then Walsh’s Shop in Convent Road where he spent some enjoyable years. He also drove the travelling shop for Walsh’s for a time.
Later, Mick operated his own travelling shop in the 1980s which brought him to many of the neighbouring villages and where he got to know so many of the people in the rural hinterlands. His natural rapport with people made him a firm favourite and there was always a special and warm welcome for Mick on his weekly visits.
His ability to adapt and his knowledge of the region ensured that Mick was never short of job offers and he became a driver for Major Fuel based out of Claremorris for a number of years.
Later times saw him in much demand as a bus driver and this included some school runs in the area where Mick was a friend to all who steeped on board the buses.
Sport and GAA was his passion in life. He attended Mayo matches around the country going to the late 1950s and had a huge knowledge of GAA teams all over the country.
He was also a strong supporter of the Claremorris club with whom his sons John and Ray played in all grades in former years as well as with the Mayo juniors where they achieved notable success in the mid-1990s.
He had his own favourite spot to watch Claremorris games and that was on the top end of the Ballyhaunis road side of the pitch known as both the Johnny Goggins and Paul Hunt side of the field.
The Sunday Game was one of his favourite shows on television and he was an ardent devotee of the summer series for both the football and hurling championships. He never lost his passion for the games and the coverage on television, radio and the newspapers was a huge source of comfort to him after his health began to decline.
Mick had a major interest in politics and current affairs and always enjoyed the banter and atmosphere of the Council and General Elections which he followed with great interest. He read matters relating to political commentary with much fervour and especially enjoyed tuning in to coverage of the elections counts on radio and television.
He was also a lifelong pioneer and enjoyed many activities with the local PTAA. He was presented with the Fr Cullen Memorial Medal in recognition of his many years of loyal service to the pioneers and it was an accolade he cherished in a special way.
Mick Hession was a great community man who enjoyed the friendship of all in the district and further afield. He loved chatting to people and truly can it be said that he graduated with top honours from the University of Life. Mick was a noble soul and he will be remembered with fond affection by all who knew him.
Members of Claremorris GAA Club formed a guard of honour outside Gilligan’s Funeral Home in tribute to one of their most loyal supporters. Interment took place in St. Colman’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Peter Gannon, PP.
Mick is deeply regretted by his wife Mary (nee Burke) and their family, John, Yvonne, Micheál, Ray and Sarah, their partners Mags, Martin, Denise, Bernie and Brian, grandchildren, Caoimhe, Cara, Conor, Kevin, Mark, Adam, Ryan, Emily, Clodagh and Liam, his brothers Tom and Paddy and sister Bridie, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and many friends. – MC.