Balla grieves Noel Langan


‘HONOURABLE’  The late Noel Langan.

Edwin McGreal

‘A highly respected and honourable member of society’ is how the late Noel Langan was described.
The Balla man died suddenly on Saturday after taking ill in Dublin. He was aged 72. Retired from the Irish Army, the late Mr Langan was Chairman of the Balla Fianna Fáil Cumann.
“He was a very highly regarded member of the community in Balla, not just in political circles but in the broader community,” local Fianna Fáil Cllr Al McDonnell told The Mayo News. “He was of a quiet disposition but whenever he spoke, everyone listened. He was a highly respected and honourable member of society. He faced his own tragedies – he lost two sons – but he faced that courageously and admirably.
“He was part of my canvassing team and canvassed with me for every election. Himself and Toby McWalter canvassed a large part of Balla with me for this year’s local elections and you couldn’t have better people at your side. I’m deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden passing,” added Cllr McDonnell.
The Langan family came from Ballyglass, where his father, Peadar, taught for many years.
“There was a very strong republican tradition in the family. His uncle, Dr John Langan, was one of the chief architects of the establishment of the Ballyglass Company Old IRA Commemorative Committee,” recalled Cllr McDonnell.
Noel Langan was a brother of the late Joe Langan, the former Mayo footballer and CEO of Mayo VEC.
He lived in Kildare whilst stationed in the Irish Army there. On retirement, he lived both in Newbridge and on Station Road in Balla.
Predeceased by his two sons David and Mark, Noel Langan is mourned by his daughter Ruth, wife Marianne, son-in-law Andrew, grandsons Daniel and Adam, brother Jimmy, sisters Mary and Lucia, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, his dear friend Patricia, and his wide circle of friends.
His funeral Mass takes place today (Tuesday) at Cill Mhuire, Ballymany, Newbridge, Co Kildare with burial afterwards in St Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge.