Aughagowla, Fahy and Sheeaune, Westport
The peaceful death took place of Padraic Mulchrone on Saturday 1st December 2018 at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar. Padraic was the second eldest son of Dominic & Annie Mulchrone.
Padraic attended national school in Fahy and after his schooling finished there he started working on the family farm.
Tractors were becoming the answer to farm work of the day and Padraic’s father purchased his son a Massey Ferguson 35 with twin ploughs attached. With some practice he was ready for what was to become a lifetime of tractor driving. From early on he showed great skill as a ploughman and his work was admired by many. From Aughagowla to the neighbouring villages he was in great demand and worked from dawn till dusk six days a week.
There were dancehalls in every parish at the time and like every young man Padraic enjoyed attending these dances. He danced the Foxtrot, Old Time Waltz and Half Set with many beautiful young ladies; however he remained single during his lifetime.
Farmers were now being advised to make silage as wet summers were making hay useless as a food for cattle. Padraic along with his younger brother Dominic invested in new machinery so local farmers could start making pit silage. This continued for a number of years until baled silage began to takeover and they introduced this new way of making silage to the locality.
After some-time the two brothers retired completely from farming work. They went on to open a machinery sales and hire business at Sheeaune where Padraic advised customers on the best machine for the job in hand based on his experience.
Padraic enjoyed going to the races at Ballinrobe and rarely missed a meeting. Card playing was another of his favourite pastimes and he attended card games three or four nights a week. In the last number of years after a long absence from school, Padraic returned to the new school in Fahy on Friday afternoons where he enjoyed teaching the senior classes how to play 25 and carry on this old rural pastime to the next generation.
Padraic was a kind and gentle man who was involved in the family life of his extended family where he visited their homes regularly and played an important role in the lives of his nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Padraic will be dearly missed by his brothers and sisters and their families. May his gentle soul rest in peace.