Bridge Street, Westport, and late of Kilmeena
He was aged 82 years and was a plasterer by occupation and, like other family members who had a well-deserved reputation in the construction business, Martin belonged to that old school which dictated that if something was worth doing it was worth doing well.
Apart from his skill as a craftsman, Martin will be fondly remembered for his love of sport, especially boxing, fishing, football, golf and hunting. He will be sadly missed by his wife Sarah (nee Scanlon), brother Tom (Kilmeena), sister Ann Kilroy (Newport), nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, neighbours and a wide circle of loyal friends.
Following repose at the family home, removal was to McGing’s Funeral Home and, from there, to St Mary’s Church, Westport, where Fr Denis Carney officiated at the reception ceremony. The esteem in which Martin was held by all who knew him was reflected in the large turnout at his removal and funeral.
The concelebrants of his Funeral Mass were Fr Carney, Fr John Heneghan (Louisburgh), Fr Paul Fitzgerald (Kilmeena) and Fr Jim Walsh, PP, Kilmeena.
Family members took part in the Mass ceremonies, reading the lessons and prayers of the faithful and bearing the offertory gifts to the altar. St Mary’s Church Choir was conducted by church organist, Gabriel Kelly.
In his homily, Fr Carney said Martin would be remembered as a very dedicated and hard worker. He was a highly-skilled plasterer and there were more than a few labourers who sought to avoid working with him because the pace of work that he set was too challenging.
“His love of sports was legendary, especially fishing, golf, boxing and the dogs. He loved to walk his dogs around the town and, over time, he had become a landmark standing in his doorway and watching the world go by”.
Fr Carney said Martin, like other members of his family, was strongly identified with the building of churches throughout the county “and there was none that gave greater pride than the parish church in Belmullet and the two in his native parish, Kilmeena and Fahy”.
Martin was laid to rest in Myna Cemetery. May his noble soul have peaceful rest.