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Elderly Islandeady accident victim a ‘true gentleman’

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The late Pat O’Haire received a presentation from Micheál Martin for long service to Castlebar Fianna Fáil only last year.
The late Pat O’Haire received a presentation from Micheál Martin for long service to Castlebar Fianna Fáil only last year.

Islandeady accident victim a ‘true gentleman’


Edwin McGreal

Pat O’Haire, the 90-year-old Castlebar man who was killed when he was hit by a truck on Wednesday night last in Islandeady, has been remembered as a ‘true gentleman’ by a personal friend.
Cllr Blackie Gavin paid tribute to Mr O’Haire, who was a very active member of Fianna Fáil up until his tragic death this week. 
“He was involved in our [Fianna Fáil] Cumann and he never missed a meeting. He was a true gentleman. It was tragic, he was a huge loss to the community in Castlebar and, of course, to his close and extended family,” Cllr Gavin told The Mayo News.
Mr O’Haire received a long-service award from Fianna Fáil in April 2010. He was presented with it by current party leader and then Tanaiste, Micheál Martin.
“He was one of the die-hards for the party. He’d do a bit of canvassing too; he was always in the thick of things. He’s a big loss to the party and to the area,” added Cllr Gavin.
Mr O’Haire was very active right up until the day of his death. He was still driving and, tragically, was killed by a truck coming from Westport as he was walking across the road after his car broke down at Cloggernagh West on the main N5 Westport to Castlebar road. The accident took place at 9.30pm.
In Castlebar those that know him remember a very active and popular man. Mr O’Haire would have his lunch most days in The Welcome Inn and enjoyed a few pints three times a week in Coady’s Bar on Linenhall Street.
Originally from Fahy, Westport, Mr O’Haire was a resident on the Newport Road in Castlebar. He worked as a telephonist in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Castlebar for most of his life and celebrated his 90th birthday recently in The Welcome Inn.
“He was a very active man,” added Blackie Gavin. “He used to go to the bog and loved to go and visit. There were a lot of years left in him.”
Concelebrated funeral Mass for Mr O’Haire took place in the Church of the Holy Rosary in Castlebar on Sunday. The chief-concelebrant was Fr Michael Murphy, a relative of Mr O’Haire.
Mr O’Haire is predeceased by his wife, Kathleen who died in 2002.
He is survived by his daughters, Maureen McNicholas (Castlebar) and Agnes Moran (Pontoon); grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and extended family.
The Garda investigation into the Mr O’Haire’s death is ongoing and the Gardaí are asking witnesses to contact Castlebar Garda Station on 094 9022222. The death is being treated as a tragic accident.