PATRICK Kilroy, The Heath, Scardaune, who died peacefully last week in the Claremount Nursing Home, Claremorris, was a man who commanded great regard throughout the local community. He was in his 70s and a member of a popular and highly respected family in the general Scardaune, Crossboyne, Ballindine, Ballyglass and Garrymore areas.
Patrick married Maureen Mooney from Lissatava and they raised a family of four, three daughters and one son. The Kilroy family have been synonymous with being good and kind neighbours, always willing to lend a helping hand to others.
Patrick was closely associated with the farming scene and had a fine knowledge of the land and livestock. Over the years he was involved in dairy as well as pig farming and various other initiatives relating to the agricultural scene.
He retired from the farming side of things a good few years ago and enjoyed the freedom to pursue other avenues of interest. He had a fine appreciative for rural life and the environment and the things that resonate deeply in the hearts of rural people.
Garrymore and Mayo football and sport in general was close to his heart and he enjoyed many special days in the company of good friends. His kind and gentle presence was reassuring and he was always welcome in any company.
Mid West Radio was also a regular and constant factor in his life and that of the Kilroy family who greatly respected the local service provided by the station over the last three decades.
When Scardaune Post Office closed for the last time at the end of January this year, The Mayo News noted: “Patrick Kilroy from The Heath made the last transaction at Scardaune Post Office before Bernard and Ann (O’Brien) tuned the key on the door on a dark and wet evening as night rolled across the western province.”
Patrick was in fine form that evening but ill health was not far away. He faced it with characteristic courage and serenity, qualities he retained to the end. Condolences are tendered to the Kilroy family at this time.
Reposing was at Carey’s Funeral Home, Ballindine, on Monday evening with removal to St Joseph’s Church, Ballindine. Burial took place in Ballindine Cemetery following the Funeral Mass on Tuesday celebrated by Fr Martin O’Connor, PP.
Patrick, who was predeceased by his sister Mary, will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by his wife Maureen, son Noel, daughters Fiona (Reardon), Darina (Ukich) and Johanna (Kelly), sisters Ann, Josie and Alice, daughter-in-law Emer, sons-in-law John, Dave and Benny, grandchildren Ruairí, Oisín, Liam, Maeve, Ellen, Naoise, Saíbh and Aoife, relatives, friends and neighbours. - MC.