Bohea, Liscarney, Westport, Co Mayo
James Roache passed to his eternal reward on July 29, 2020, at Mayo University Hospital surrounded by his family. James was born on September 30, 1930, in Knockglass, Fahy, Westport. He was the youngest of seven children born to Thomas and Margaret Roache, three girls and four boys. He was predeceased by his mother and father and his three sisters and three brothers. When James was a young boy he started playing the button accordion. His sister Katie brought him one from Scotland and he was hooked. He would often sit down at the river near his home in Knockglass and play and the neighbours said you could hear the music across the fields. James left Knockglass on February 16, 1966 the day he married the love of his life, Mary Treasa Murray, from Bohea, in Westport church and he always said it was the happiest day of his life. They made a home in Bohea together and later welcomed one son and two daughters into their lives. James worked for An Post as a postman for many years and also ran a small farm with Mary Treasa. In the evenings he would go playing in the pubs, hotels, etc to make extra money and with this money he bought Mary Teresa her first car – a mini. James played with many bands over the years all over the country. People always said he had a wonderful style of playing. He was a member of Westport Comhaltas group and played with their céilí band with which he won many medals. He made lifelong friends through his love of music from the Westelle dancers to playing for the senior citizens’ parties in Westport Town Hall. James was a member of the Board of Management of Brackloon National School for many years and also a Eucharistic Minister in St Mary’s Church, Westport for over 25 years along with being a member of Westport PTAA. He had a great devotion to Our Lady and the Rosary. James was married to Mary Treasa for 54 years in February 2020. As James’ daughter, Mary, said in the eulogy: “Dad and Mam worked hard to give the three of us everything we needed and family and home was very important to them. The words used by people to describe James were good humoured, generous and kind”. As James’ funeral cortege left from his home in Bohea, which he loved, the clouds cleared from the Reek and the sun shone over the beautiful view which he looked out on every day. As he made his final journey to St Mary’s Church, Westport his wonderful neighbours in Bohea, Liscarney and Knappagh stood along the roadside as a wonderful mark of respect.
May James’ beautiful gentle soul have eternal rest.