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Ellen McGing


Tonlegee, Ayle, Westport, Co Mayo

The death took place of Ellen McGing on July 15, 2020 in her 99th year. Ellen was born on March 22, 1922 in Bracklough, Liscarney, Westport. She went to school in Cushlough. When Ellen left school, she helped on the farm. A few years later she went to work in the Cosywear in Westport, where she cycled in and out for 14 years in the rain, hail and snow. Ellen met Philip at a dance in 1957 and the pair got married in 1958. She worked on the farm from saving the hay, to ploughing and cutting turf. Ellen loved to meet people and she loved her dancing, you were sure to find her in Digger Jays at the weekends, where you were sure to find herself and Philip taking to the floor as soon as the music started. Ellen saw many changes in her life and none of them ever phased her. She always moved on with what was going on. Ellen was famous for her homemade bread and when you came to visit, you were sure to go home with some. Ellen lead a healthy lifestyle and when you would ask her how do you get to a great age she would tell you ‘plenty of hard work and a drop of whiskey’. Ellen spent the last four years with her daughter Julie Ann in Teevenish where she passed away peacefully. Ellen will be greatly missed by her daughter Julie Ann, son Joe, son-in-law Tommy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Gretta Walsh, nephews, neighbours and her many friends. May she rest in peace.