Carrowholly, Westport, Co Mayo
Dermot signed out of this life just a week short of his 88th birthday on March 25, 2020.
Dermot, a native of Enniscrone, Co Sligo, met the love of his life, his beloved Brenda, while she was on holidays in Galway, where he was working in AIB Bank. They started their family life in Newry, Co Down, before moving to Dublin in 1969. Dermot had a yearning to return to the West and that he did, in late 1972 and the family set up home on Shop Street.
Although not a Covey in the true sense of the word, after 48 years in Westport, Dermot was a Covey at heart and mind. Dermot loved life in Westport - the people, the community spirit, the postcard perfect town and surrounding countryside. He loved the friends he made here, young and old, from all walks of life. He loved seeing Westport grow from the quiet place it was in the early 70s to the vibrant place it is now. He agreed wholeheartedly that Westport deserved the title of “best place to live in Ireland”.
Over the years, he immersed himself in local business, commercial and community organisations including Westport Golf Club, Social Services and Meals-on-Wheels, St Vincent de Paul and Westport Tidy Towns to mention but a few.
Family and friends, however, were the most important part of Dermot’s life and he was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to those in his life.
A part of Dermot died when he lost his darling Brenda in 2004 but he kept going, kept the best side out, counted his blessings and valued the times spent with his family and friends.
Hard and all as it was to say goodbye to Dermot, we, his family, know the time was right for him. With the help and support of some special people here in Westport, to whom we are eternally grateful, he got his wish of living out his days in his beloved Carrowholly. A long life, well lived and well loved.
We are very conscious of the fact that so many of Dermot’s friends, colleagues and neighbours over the years could not pay their respects due to the Covid-19 restrictions, but we look forward to a safer time when you can share your memories of Dermot with us and a public memorial Mass can be held.