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James Roper

Castleburke, Clogher
The death has taken place suddenly of James Roper, Castleburke, Clogher, a former member of the staff of Mayo County Council.
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.