Thallabawn, Louisburgh, Co Mayo
Sheamus Heneghan died very peacefully in the early hours of Friday, February 12, 2021, in Cuan Chaitriona Nursing Home, Castlebar. Sheamus died of Coronovirus (Covid-19) and was 76 years of age. Sheamus suffered from dementia for the past decade, thus ending up in full-time care in Castlebar. Sheamus was born in Bundorragha, Co Mayo on August 5, 1944. He was one of a family of six, pre-deceased by his mother Annie Heneghan (née McLoughlin) and his father Jimmy Heneghan. Sheamus lived a life close to nature, the sea and with a great grá for everything traditional, especially music. He was an accordion player. As a youngster, Sheamus worked on the forestry locally, and for a short time in Gort and Roscommon. He fished salmon on the Bundorragha River any chance he got and did the annual salmon season at “The Point” on the Killary. Sheamus spent some time in London and Scotland before taking up residence in New York, USA, in the seventies. Sheamus continued to play the accordion while in America, where music was in abundance at the time. It was in New York that Sheamus met his wife, Catherine Conneely Heneghan, a native of Cloonluane, Renvyle, Co Galway. The family returned to Ireland in 1979 and moved to Thallabawn, Louisburgh in 1980. Sheamus returned to fishing, in Clew Bay and hauled annually in the Killary. He and Catherine ran a Bed and Breakfast. Sheamus played music locally. Sheamus was a founding member of Féile Chois Cuain. Sheamus’ family now live locally; Brendan and Nuala (née McDonnell, Mullagh) and family live in Mullagh, Louisburgh. Eric and Geraldine (née Walsh, Cill Chiarain) and family live in Bundorragha. Christina and James Langan (Clooneshil, Newport) live in Thallabawn with their family. Sheamus was very fond of his family and so proud of his nine grandchildren; Darragh, Jimmy, Micheál, Niamh, Seamie, Daniel, Aoibheann, Nina and Órlaith. Sheamus lived life well and left lasting impressions on many people along his pathway. Sheamus is survived by his aforementioned family, as well as by his five siblings; Michael John and Sally (née Molloy, Cornamona) Heneghan, Domnick Street, Galway and Greenville, New York; Madge and Johnny Gavin, New Jersey; Joe and Mary (née Cronin, Gneeveguilla) Heneghan, Needham, Boston; Della Varley (and Tommy RIP, Cong), Howard Beach, New York; and Kathleen and Michael Jennings, (Ayle, Westport) Woodside, New York. May his gentle soul rest in peace.