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Castlebar family make plea for people to talk after tragic death

The late Mick Mullahy
SAD LOSS The late Mick Mullahy.

Castlebar family makes plea after tragic death

Edwin McGreal

The family of a Castlebar man who suddenly passed away last week have made a heartfelt plea for people to open up and talk about their problems.
Forty-four-year-old Micheál (Mick) Mullahy was found dead on Tuesday evening last at his home in The Brambles, Castlebar.
A very popular and successful man, news of Mick Mullahy’s passing was met with widespread shock in the Castlebar area and beyond and several thousand people attended at his removal and Funeral Mass last Thursday and Friday.
Mick’s family have now called on people to be more open and not to hide their problems. In a statement issued to The Mayo News on behalf of Mick’s wife Cathy, parents and brothers and sisters, the family paid tribute to a husband, father, brother and son.
“Last Tuesday we lost a beautiful man. Mick had everything to live for. He had a beautiful wife with whom they shared great love, he had two sweet little girls whom he adored. He had a mum and dad, three brothers and three sisters, and an extended family who surrounded him with love all his life. He was fortunate to have had a great circle of friends. Mick also had a very successful career and all the comforts of this world’s material things. He was the last person we expected to leave us so suddenly,” they said.
The Mullahy family urged people to share their problems and worries.
“Our hope is that some good may come from Mick’s tragic passing. No person is without problems or struggles, and nobody should feel or be alone with them. On this very sad occasion may we encourage all to talk about anything that they may have difficulty with in their lives, from the smallest to the largest problem. Can we also encourage everyone to listen to others. Friends and family are there to help you, and you will find a great understanding in people. Thank you, and may God bless you all,” they concluded.
Mayor of Castlebar Eugene McCormack also paid tribute to Mick Mullahy.
“Mick was a great and wonderful community person, he was very likeable and a real natural guy whom people warmed to. He was a devoted family man and his death cast a cloud over Castlebar for the entire week,” he said.
A minute’s silence was observed at Castlebar Town Council’s monthly meeting on Thursday evening and at Celtic Park on Sunday before Castlebar Celtic’s FAI Junior Cup game. Westport Town Council passed a vote of condolence at their budget meeting on Thursday as well.
Mick Mullahy worked as the Retail Area Manager for Corrib Oil. He had previously worked for the Kavanagh Group (Super Valu) in Westport serving as a Director. A talented footballer in his time, he was he was a member of the Mayo Minor team that won the All-Ireland title in 1985 and won county senior titles with Castlebar Mitchels.
He had recently got back involved in football, coaching underage teams with Castlebar Mitchels Ladies club. Mick Mullahy is mourned by his wife Cathy (nee Jennings), daughters Emma (10) and Eva (8), parents John Joe and Ena, sisters Dolores, Mary and Carmel, brothers Sean, Ger and Kevin, extended family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Full obituary next week.