THE Westport community was saddened by the death of two well-known Westport figures over the weekend, retired builder Michael (Micksie) Conway and retired publican and former CIE staff member Joe Ring.
‘Micksie’ Conway lived at Rosbeg and was aged 88 years. He died at Mayo General Hospital following a short illness. He was one of Mayo’s best-known builders, and in past years was the main building contractor for Dunnes Stores. He was predeceased by three children Michael Gerard, Marita and Michael Joseph, the latter two died tragically in an accident in the family car.
‘Micksie’ is mourned by his wife Mary, sons David, Peter, Harold, Edward and John, daughters Finola and Caroline, brothers Tom and Joe, sisters Catherine and Josephine, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Following repose at the family home removal took place to St Mary’s Church, Westport, where his Funeral Mass will take place this afternoon (Tuesday) at 12.30pm, with burial afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery.
Joe Ring, who ran The Railway Tavern at Altamont Street, Westport, was a member of the staff of CIE at Westport rail station and a familiar figure on the Westport/ Dublin train for many years. A member of one of Westport’s best-known families, he is mourned by his wife Bridie, daughter Margaret Hughes, son-in-law Padraig Hughes, former Westport Town Manager and Mayo County Secretary, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.
Joe was uncle of Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Michael Ring.
Following repose at The Railway Tavern yesterday (Monday) removal took place to St Mary’s Church, Westport where his Funeral Mass will take place today (Tuesday) at 11am. Burial will take place afterwards in Aughavale Cemetery.