The tiny village of Carrick came to a standstill today as the entire community, and hundreds from further afield, came together to say a final goodbye to Jamesie Maloney.
The popular 38-year-old quantity surveyor from Aughera, Teelin, died suddenly in Perth on January 25. He had been home to visit his family at Christmas and only returned to Australia on January 10.
His death was a shock to the entire community, Fr. Francis McAteer PP, told the congregation at St. Columba’s Church, Carrick.
Both Fr. McAteer in his eulogy and Cathal O’Gara in his reflection after Communion spoke of Jamesie’s many talents - his spot on kick in injury time against Ardara that clinched the U16 county title for Naomh Columba, the way he “wouldn’t let anyone get one up on him when it came to fishing for salmon”, his hard work and dedication, his tremendous sense of humour and, most of all, his love of people, especially his family.
The esteem in which both he and his family are held was reflected in the huge numbers attending the wake and the funeral.
Heartfelt sympathies to his parents, Paddy and Kathleen, sister Mary Josephine, brother Robert, fiancée Kathy McNamara, extended family and friends.