Newcastle Upon Tyne and late of Newtown, Keel, Achill, Co Mayo
Michael was born on Achill Island, Co Mayo, on December 28, 1947, to parents Michael and Josephine. Michael John was my older brother. He was well known and liked in the area. He was an avid GAA footballer and played with the local St Pat’s Club and Achill and was a formidable but fair opponent. He fished with his cousin Michael Connaghan and his grandfather Michael Carr. He was a member of the Keel Pipe Band, following in his fathers and uncles footsteps. He spent many happy days and nights with family and friends on his native Achill Island, with his time spent between his family home in Newtown and his grandparents home in Pollagh.
Like many from Achill, Michael John went to England with our Dad and worked in construction for many years. His return visits were always treasured. In his work he was well liked and had many friends and was renowned for his generosity.
He met and married Sandra in Newcastle and they had two children, Michael and Nicola. Years later, Sandra passed away after a long battle with ill health. Michael John moved to London and there he met Joe and had two children Emily and Eddie. Unfortunately in 2017, Eddie passed away after a tragic accident. Michael John was never the same. He himself became very ill and never really recovered and he passed away in Newcastle with his son Michael, on November 22, last.
Michael John always expressed a wish to be buried on Achill Island. Due to Covid-19 regulations his family members were devastated that none of them could travel from the UK. He was buried in Slievemore Cemetery with the ashes of his son Eddie surrounded by limited family and friends on December 5. Michael John’s epitaph is, “you had a great smile an infectious laugh and a generous soul”. Rest in peace Michael John and Eddie. You are both sadly missed by family and friends and will be remembered always.