Carrowkeenan, Murrisk, formerly of Cloontubrid, Turlough, Castlebar
A great sadness and shock fell on the Murrisk, Westport and Cloontubrid Turlough areas when news filtered through of the passing of Martin McHale. He was born in Cloontubrid, Turlough, Castlebar to Martin and Mary McHale, the youngest of four children, he had three sisters, Kathleen, Josephine and Eileen. He was educated in Turlough National School and Vocational School Castlebar. After leaving school he spent some time in various jobs in the Castlebar area and Roundstone. He was a trainee mechanic, machine driver, truck driver, he also worked in Baxter, Castlebar Urban Council and Westport Urban Council. He moved to Murrisk in 1984 when he married Pauline Grady and they were blessed with two children, John and Marian, he was very proud of his children. For a time he was self employed at tool hire, but he found his true calling when he set up his Taxi and Bus business. He did all types of tours from stag parties to School tours and also regular weekend Taxi Service in the Westport area. He looked after his customers with the utmost care and attention and was held in such high regard by all. So much so, that many overseas groups and tours would return year after year to be guided around Ireland by Martin. In his youth he was involved in the Youth Club in Turlough and was Chairman of that club. As an adult he helped out in the Youth Club in Murrisk and Lecanvey. In 1997 he took part in an arduous ten day charity cycle in Arizona to raise money for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. He also organised a charity cycle on Clare Island for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. He was a member of Covey Wheelers Cycling Club and Westport Leisure Park Running Club. He took part in Sea to Summit adventure race for a number of years and improved his times year on year. He also took part in the Peddle Paddle Pilgrimage. He climbed The Reek every year and also took part in the Christmas Day Swim at Bertra Beach for many years. He had a great interest in gardens and nature from the bees to his hens and chickens, donkeys and all animals in general. He was held in high esteem as was shown by the large crowds who attended his home and who paid their respects at Murrisk Community Centre and the funeral Mass in Lecanvey.
He will be sadly missed by his family, relatives and friends. May his gentle soul rest in peace.