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Vinnie Reilly

THE death took place recently of Vinnie Reilly, 7 Barr na hAille and formerly of Cloonshanbo, Claremorris. He was a member of a well known and popular family in the region and news of his passing was received with sadness and regret. He was aged 66.
One of a family of six, Vinnie was predeceased by his brothers Johnny, Tommy and Joe, and by his sister Peggy (Larkin). He is survived by his sister Tina in America.
Vinnie was widely known in Claremorris and was a kind and good-natured gentleman who had a word for everyone. In former times, he spent 13 years in England where he undertook a variety of jobs. He returned to his home area in the early 1980s and lived in Cloonshanbo up to just over a year ago when he moved to Barr na hAille.
A countryman through and through, Vinnie enjoyed helping out with tasks on the farm and was a great help to his nephew Ger in Mossbrook, often assisting with various jobs around the land. It gave him a good interest in things relating to farming and the livestock scene.
Vinnie was an avid reader of newspapers and always kept himself well versed on many subjects. He took a keen interest in horse racing and gaelic football and was known to have the regular flutter on the horses, especially during the big racing festivals.
He enjoyed socialising and meeting his friends in town. For people residing alone, getting out and meeting people in such circumstances can play a vital role in the social cohesion of any community, a point referred to by Fr Austin Fergus, PP, in his fine homily at the funeral Mass.
Blessed with a great memory, Vinnie had a fine knowledge of the people of the district and was a firm favourite throughout the community. He loved to stop and have a chat and had time to share with all who came his way. He was a gentle soul and will be greatly missed around the Claremorris region and further afield.
Removal took place from Gilligan’s Funeral Home to Mayo Abbey Church with burial in the local cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Austin Fergus, PP.
He is deeply regretted by his sister Tina in Florida, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. -MC.