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James (Jim) Hamrogue


Lake View, Ballinrobe

Jim Hamrogue, who died suddenly in his 92nd year at his residence, was a loving husband, a wonderful father, grandfather and uncle. He was predeceased by his wife Philomena (née Mulhaire). His daughter Dympna delivered the eulogy remembering his life at his funeral Mass. Jim was born in Lake View in 1928 with his identical twin brother Mick to Peter and Mary Hamrogue. In 1964 he married Philomena and they became parents to Dympna. He lived in Lake View all his life. He was a great neighbour and was a great advocate of the importance of being and having good neighbours. Hard work was second nature for Jim working on the family farm and he also worked with the Inland Fisheries. Jim enjoyed talking and was never short of a word or a joke. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than recalling tales of his time on the stage. He had a passion and flair for drama and so became a founder member of St. Mary’s Dramatic Society and of the Mayo Drama Committee, Ballinrobe which was always close to his heart. He had two functions as part of the society – the stage manager and as an actor. Winning the Best Actor Award in 1956 in Tubbercurry is among his many achievements. John B. Keane was one of his all-time favourite playwrights. He would often recount how, after meeting the man himself and having a chat, St. Mary’s Dramatic Society were one of the first given permission to perform ‘Sive’. Jim celebrated his 90th birthday in 2018 with a party for family and friends but the icing on the cake was his surprise guests; the Carnacon Ladies Football Team and management, they regarded him as a loyal supporter and down through the years, he was presented with trophies in recognition of his unwavering support and dedication to the team. Jim had a sharp wit and a keen intellect along with his sense of humour. He was an avid reader and kept up to date with current affairs. He had a serious side too and it came across clearly in his dependability, patience and attention to detail. He loved having a challenge to complete, be it designing and making something which would make life easier or simply completing a task to the very best of his ability. There were never any short measures and every task was committed to 100%. This applied to everything he did in life and nowhere was it more evident than when his beloved Philomena became ill. He ensured that she was looked after utterly and completely just as they both cared for his father Peter who lived to be 102. It was fitting that all three of them passed away in their beloved home in Lake View. His passing was sudden, he hadn’t long returned home from visiting with neighbours and friends. He enjoyed visiting and the regular callers to his home brightened his days. He was a wonderful father who instilled the importance of honesty and kindness and who lived every day displaying these qualities. Jim will be sadly missed by all, especially his daughter Dympna, son-in-law Pat, his adored grandson Éanna, niece, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends. “ A wonderful life has come to an end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend.”