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Martin Larkin


Derrew, Ballyheane, Castlebar, County Mayo

Martin was born on May 13, 1927, to Michael and Anne Larkin. He was the youngest and last surviving member of a family of nine, predeceased by brothers, Michael, Eddie and Patrick, sisters May Elliot, Anne Larkin, Kate Murray, Lil Treacy and Ellie Chambers. Martin grew up helping out on the family farm in Derrew, from here he attended Ballyburke Primary School. Martin also worked for a few years in Moran’s Bakery in Castlebar where he picked up his nickname Baker Larkin.
Martin spent some time working in England in the late 60’s. He returned home to work with Sisk on the construction of Micheal Davitt House in Castlebar before settling back in Derrew, to work the farm full time. He had a great interest and knowledge of cattle and sheep and prided himself with the quality of his stock. He enjoyed regular visits from his sisters and their families. A man of strong faith, Martin enjoyed a quiet and peaceful life, venturing out to Mass and doing his shopping on a weekly basis. He also enjoyed going for a social drink and the banter in Ballyheane. Martin used many different modes of transport at different times, a rally bike, a Honda 50, a Morris Minor and even a Massey Ferguson tractor.
In the final months of his life, Martin was a resident of Abbey Breaffy Nursing Home, where he was cared for by a wonderful team in a professional and comfortable environment.
His removal took place from the home of Seán and Christine Chambers, to St Patrick’s Church, Killawalla, for funeral Mass with many neighbours and friends standing along the roadside to pay their respects. Martin was laid to rest in Killawalla Cemetery.