JIMMY Mullaney, who died suddenly at his residence, was a member of a well known and highly regarded Meelickmore family.
Jimmy (65) was a long serving member of the staff at Claremorris Railway Station and was due to retire in July.
Prior to joining CIE (Iarnród Eireann), Jimmy worked in Claremorris Bacon Factory which was a source of great employment in the region in former times. He had a natural rapport with people and made many friends during his time with both CIE and the Bacon Factory and was held in high regard by them all.
Jimmy was a good and reliable neighbour and was a renowned hard working man during his younger years. He was very obliging and helped out many neighbours during the bog season where he was often called on by the locals and was never found wanting in such circumstances.
“Jimmy was great to help out the neighbours. The Mullaney family have always been the best of good neighbours here in the Meelickmore area. It was so sad that he died so suddenly just a few weeks before he was due to retire.
“He loved his time with the railway people and they were very loyal to each other,” a neighbour in Meelickmore told The Mayo News at the weekend.
Jimmy had a great bond with the CIE and Railway family of colleagues and one of his closest friends and CIE colleague was his neighbour, Eugene Carney from Knockatubber, Claremorris. They enjoyed many social occasions over the years in the Shamrock Bar and O’Brien’s Bar and other favourite places around town. Friends from the Shamrock Bar formed a guard of honour as the hearse passed by on its way to St Colman’s Church.
Reposing was at Gilligan’s Funeral Home with removal to St Colman’s Church. Interment was in Claremorris cemetery following the Funeral Mass celebrated by Fr Peter Gannon, PP.
Jimmy, who was predeceased by his sister Annie May and his brother Michael, is survived by his wife Mary (nee Boyce), daughter Carol, son Keith, grandchildren Kaitlyn, Kian and Amelia, brothers Johnny and Tom (Meelickmore) and Noel (Dublin), sisters Josie Garvey (Limerick) and Helen Kelly (Clogher), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.