Sandyhill, Westport, Co Mayo
Albert Gallagher passed away in the comfort of his own loving home on April 25, 2021.
Over the past few years Albert’s health deteriorated but he always put up a brave fight for life with unbelievable strength, courage, dignity, resilience and patience.
Albert was born on November 2, 1938, to Edward (Ned) and Julia (nee Fahy) Gallagher in Athleague, Co Roscommon. He was the second youngest of five children, John, Tom, Maureen O’Boyle, (deceased), Eamon, Athleague.
Albert had a fun loving childhood with his family on their farm, worked hard and never complained. He loved to recall the mischief and pranks he got up to with his brothers, friends and neighbours in his youth.
Like so many in the 1950’s, Albert took the boat to England in search of work. It didn’t take him long to engage in construction work there. He settled in Surrey and met a young vibrant Connemara lady named Margaret, whom he married in 1960. They returned to Ireland in 1966 with a young family where Albert took up employment in the Textile factory for a number of years until returning once again to construction in the 70’s whilst at the same time also running his farm. Albert was a man of many talents and always helped all of his six children in the construction of their homes. He never shied from work or helping a neighbour or friend. He was also blessed to have such good neighbours where everyone helped each other.
Albert took great pride in his family and was so proud of his 18 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Everyone was welcomed with open arms and occasions were never forgotten. He had a wonderful memory, especially in relation to his love of sports and his favourite game, hurling. Albert treasured his achievements with his Roscommon GAA club Tremane. He was involved with Westport Hurling Club over the years and always encouraged his sons and daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren to take up the Clash of the Ash.
Albert loved the outdoors, farming, sea fishing and gardening in his later years. He instilled a respect and love of nature in his family. He also loved to travel and to meet people. He took great interest in current affairs and liked nothing better than to meet his friends, young and old alike in his locality to enjoy the music and the craic.
Albert will never be forgotten and will be forever in our hearts. He will be deeply missed by his wife Margaret, children Julie, Caroline, Albert, Siobhán, Maire and Declan, grandchildren and great grandchildren, brother Eamon and sister-in-law Iris, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, and partners, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and neighbours.
We are filled with gratitude that we have had Albert in our lives and thank him for the guidance, wisdom, knowledge and the great sense of humour that he shared with us. Precious memories will forever be imprinted on our hearts.
May his gentle soul rest in peace.