Thornhill, Murrisk, Westport
MICHAEL, who passed away peacefully at his residence, was born on March 3, 1955. He attended national school in Lecanvey and secondary school in the Vocational School (The Tech) in Westport. After finishing secondary school, he began to learn the carpentry trade, through work with a local contractor. After three years there, he went on to work for a Civil Contractor, where his work included the construction of the Westport Regional Water Scheme. In 1977, Michael went to Saudi Arabia for a year where he worked as a Formwork Carpenter. This involved steel fixing, shuttering, concrete pouring and finishing, all in a very hot 40°C heat in Riyadh. This type of work, along with the long working hours, showed Michael was never afraid of hard work. When he returned home in 1978, he commenced work with Mayo County Council, where he worked on a range of civil works projects including water and sewage services. Over a period of 42 years with Mayo County Council, he worked in nearly every town and village in the county. He undertook many courses and attained certificates, which ranged from a 360 Excavator cert to a cert in road signage. He loved his work and he built up great relationships with his work colleagues and officials at Mayo County Council. They also had a great respect for him in return. In life Michael had a very engaging personality and always had a warm smile on his face that endeared him to many people down through the years. Outside of his working life, he always had a great love for his family and neighbours. He was always available to help out no matter what was asked of him. His gentle side always shone through with his care for animals and love of nature. This was one of his many qualities which made him so special to us. He often assisted with the upkeep of the church and facilities on Croagh Patrick and made many treks to the Holy mountain over the years. The Reek represented a sense of home for Michael and he would often refer to it as he looked up at it from his house at the foot of the mountain. Michael’s faith was important to him. He would regularly attend Mass, even through illness and always found great peace in visiting the church for a quiet prayer. He will be greatly missed by his wife Josephine, sons Damien and Ian, brothers John, Paddy and Eamon, his daughter-in-law Carmel and Ian’s partner Lisa, his nephew Donagh, his God-daughter Mary Patricia and her partner Dave, his sisters-in-law Margo and Ann along with his many neighbours and friends. May Michael’s soul rest in peace.