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Michael Walsh


Knockranny, Westport

Michael was born in Gortnaclasser on December 3, 1922, to Julia and Anthony Walsh. They became a family of two sisters Kit and Baby, and brothers, John, Paddy, Tony and Seamus (the brothers all now sadly deceased). He worked with his father on the farm and later building houses with him around Kilmeena and the half parish. Other work was scarce at the time so he decided to seek work in England before that he met Eileen in 1945 on a beautiful summers evening at the local dance hall in Kilmeena.
Mike and Eileen married in 1946 in Myna Church and Mike then travelled alone over to England to find permanent work, Initially he found work looking after German prisoners of war, often taking them to church. Following that he found permanent work with British Rail, later receiving promotion to a management position.
Mike and Eileen set up home in Doncaster, England in 1947 where they made many life long friends. Eventually they became parents of Maureen, Margaret and Peter. Sadly, Margaret died at the age of three years. Along came Anne shortly afterwards, followed by Paul who was born with Down’s Syndrome. Unfortunately after a very happy life, Paul died at the age of 16, knowing he was well-loved and cared for by both his parents and family. Mike and Eileen’s grandchild Alison was born many years later.
For over 40 years Mike volunteered his time planting and cultivating his two parish church gardens. Somehow he found the time to care for his neighbour’s gardens also. He enjoyed just being able to help them. He continued doing the gardens of friends and elderly neighbours along with the gardens of the churches. That, and helping the elderly, became one of his life time commitments.
After sixteen years of looking after Paul, Mike and Eileen spent many a well-deserved and happy Christmas in Barbados with their daughter Maureen, Brian and granddaughter Alison. Later they had happy times in Ibiza at the invitation of Michael and Bernie Conway with close friends and family. Thank you for your kindness.