Leenane Road, Westport
As already briefly reported in last week’s Mayo News the death has taken place of Mr Eneas McNally, 11 MacBride Terrace, Leenane Road, Westport, a prominent and much-loved member of the local parish community. A native of The Demesne, Westport he was son of the late Pat and Nora (Conway) McNally and was aged 87 years.
Eneas was a retired farm manager and professional gardener. He was predeceased by his son Jude, brother Michael (Fr Angelus Park, Westport) and sisters Margaret and Ita (Fr Angelus Park).
Eneas was born in The Demesne in 1926. One of his favourite pastimes as a child was hunting with his brothers. They always had a terrier and his love for dogs stayed with him all through his life.
In 1949 he met and fell in love with Eileen Gannon of Roscommon and wasted little time in proposing marriage to her. They were hoping to celebrate 64 years of marriage next September. Eneas’s first job was on the farm at The Demesne. He commenced his working career there at the age of fourteen and quickly adapted to the demands of farming life. He rose to the position of farm manager and worked at The Demesne for 33 years. He worked hard, always enjoyed his work and led a very happy and contented life.
In 1974 Eneas, Eileen and their family moved from The Demesne to their new home at MacBride Terrace on Leenane Road where they were valued and helpful neighbours over the years. Eneas secured new employment with Westport Urban District Council where the skills which he had acquired over the previous 33 years were put to good use.
Approximately two years later Allergan Pharmaceuticals located in Westport. Eneas applied for and had little difficulty in securing a position as gardener with the fledgeling industry. Tending to the Allergan gardens and cultivating them to the highest levels was a real labour of love for Eneas. In 1978 the Allergan gardens won first prize in Ireland and it was an achievement that Eneas was extremely proud of. Several other awards were won at regional and local level, all tributes to the outstanding gardening skills of Eneas.
But this genial man was first and foremost a family man, devoted to his wife Eileen whom he was very proud of. He also took great pride in his children, and their achievements and that pride was reciprocated in large measure; their love, respect and admiration for him knew no bounds. All his grandchildren had a very special place in his heart and he always looked forward to their visits to himself and Eileen.
Eneas was a great conversationalist and especially loved to talk about politics. He was a Fianna Fáil man through and through and followed the fortunes of the party at local and national level with great interest.
Eneas was very proud of everything Irish and he delighted in the progress which his native Westport made on so many fronts over the years, tidy towns, industry and in the development of tourism.
He was an avid sports enthusiast and, while he enjoyed watching all sports, he had a particular interest in watching the Mayo senior footballers pitting their skills against other inter-county teams. Mayo’s three All-Ireland senior titles had been won in his lifetime but, like so many other supporters, he yearned for the past 62 years to see that list of achievements added to. Alas it was not to be, but who knows, maybe the year of his passing, 2013, will bring success.
Those whose lives Eneas touched, and they were legion, invariably said the same thing about him, he was a true gentleman, had a good word for everybody and they, in turn, had the same for him.
Eneas will be very sadly missed by his wife Eileen, son Tom (Milton Keynes, England), daughters Nora (Knockaphunta, Castlebar), Mary (The Quay, Westport), Margaret (The Quay, Westport) and Geraldine (Ashwood Avenue, Westport), brother John (Glamorgan, South Wales), sisters Nora (Middlesex, England), Kathleen (Mill Road, Westport) and Emily (Swindon, Engand), sons-in-law John Parsons, Pat Mulchrone, Pat Folan, Vinnie Hopkins and Michael Hegarty, daughter-in-law Valerie McNally, grandchildren Maria, Shona and Eneas Parsons, Kieran, Alan, Dermot and Brian Mulchrone, Michael, Mark, Rory and Marion McNally, Elaine Hopkins, Padraig and John Folan, great-grandchildren Ryan and Ciara Mulchrone and Ella Hopkins, extended family, neighbours, former work colleagues and a wide circle of friends.
Large crowds gathered at the family home to sympathise with Eneas’s wife and family before removal took place to St Mary’s Church, Westport, where Fr Karl Burns officiated at the reception ceremony. The hearse was flanked by a Guard of Honour drawn from the ranks of the local Fianna Fáil party, local sporting clubs and neighbours.
Fr Charlie McDonnell Adm, was the celebrant of Eneas’s funeral Mass in which family members participated in the liturgy, reading the lessons and prayers of the faithful and bearing the gifts to the altar. In the Mass homily Fr Charlie paid tribute to Eneas for his great devotion to his wife and family. He said he was also a man of faith and a good neighbour and friend to many.
He expressed the family’s thanks to all who had sympathised and supported them in their grief, their support was making the sad loss of Eneas a little easier to bear. Funeral arrangements were by Navin’s Funeral Undertakers, Westport. Eneas was laid to rest in the family grave in Aughavale Cemetery. May his gentle and caring soul have peaceful rest.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.