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Paddy Walsh


Bunrower, Westport

Paddy Walsh passed away peacefully on May 30, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was pre-deceased by his loving wife Maureen (nee McGing) in 2002, and his beloved grandson David in 2018. Paddy was born on April 16th 1928 in Bunrower to James and Nora Walsh (Nee Lehane). Paddy was in his 92nd Year and the last Member of the Walsh Family, so it is the end of an era, predeceased by his brothers , John-Joe, Tom, Jimmy, and Sister Mary Keane. Paddy attended the local Knockrooskey National School. When He finished his Education he worked as a postman, also with Mayo County Council, and with the forestry.
In 1960 he married Maureen McGing from the village of Tonlegee and they had six children. They were happily married for forty two years before Maureen’s untimely passing in 2002. Times were tough in those days but neighbours would help each other with farm work.  He was meticulous in everything he did and was very green fingered in the garden and with his houseplants. Their house was always an open house, friends, family and cousins would stay over and were always welcome. Paddy was interested in Politics and was an active Fine Gael Member. His love of Politics was strong right to the end  when he himself rang The Council to make sure he got his Postal Vote for the recent elections. Nothing was going to stop him getting his vote off in the post. He used to play cards once a week during the winter months in Dooney McGings pub in Ayle and often won the top prize of a hamper. He was a beautiful singer and often entertained at home and was often asked to sing at functions he was attending.
Paddy was heartbroken when he lost his beloved Maureen in 2002 at only 64 years of age and the loss of his grandson David last August. Paddy leaves us with some wonderful memories and great times shared with family and friends.
One such memory was  Paddy’s 90th birthday where all the family gathered together in Paddy’s house in Bunrower. Paddy as always did not let us down and sang a few songs for us. Paddy was a jovial and kind hearted, good-natured man with an impeccable dress sense, who had a welcoming word of greeting for everyone he met, especially those who cared for him. Paddy will be sadly missed by his sons Jimmy (Dublin), Tommy (Castlebar), Padraig (Bunrower), and Brendan (Newport), daughters Majella (Bunrower), and Rita (Parke).
His sons-in-law Michael Geraghty and John McHale, daughters-in-law Una, Betty, Margaret and Liza, granddaughters Alma, Roisin, Rachael, Eadaoin, Ciara and Chloe, Grandsons Shane, Cian, Dara, Jamie and Noah, great-granddaughter Labhaoise.