James belonged to a generation of people who achieved their goals in life through hard work, dedication and commitment. Having lived in the beautiful village of Castleburke on the shore of Lough Carra, James grew up to appreciate and cherish the way Mother Nature beautified the surroundings, as she energised the glistening waters of Lough Carra to ebb and flow along the shoreline of the lake.
He lived only a short distance from the historic Ballintubber Abbey. Over 40 years ago, in the 1960s, he worked on the reconstruction of the famous Abbey.
During his leisure time he enjoyed a game of pool, darts and cards. His skill as a darts player was evident in the numerous trophies he won in dart competitions in the locality.
James was indeed a gracious and generous person blessed with many fine and beautiful characteristics. It was fitting that the goodness, love and affection he shared with so many people on life’s journey was returned to him as large crowds of mourners came to bid farewell to their friend and neighbour. His funeral took place from his residence in Castleburke to Ballintubber Abbey, where his requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Frank Fahey.
James, who was predeceased by his parents and brothers, was laid to rest in Ballintubber Abbey cemetery. To his sister, Mary Kelly, brother, Tom and his many other relatives and friends we extend our sincerest sympathies. May his gentle soul rest in peace.