The death which occurred recently of Michael ( Mickey ) McIntyre, was the cause of widespread regret throughout the wide community.
Aged 93 years,one of the older families of the town who previously resided at Quay Street. Mickey as he was affectionately known, was also a respected colleague for over 30 years, with the Dept of Posts and Telegraphs, and later An Post.
I knew him as a clerk, overseer and eventually acting Postmaster, a post he served so diligently for many years, with human kindness, respect and thought for staff and customers alike.
In the late 1960’s also being an astute businessman, he founded the very successful McIntyre’s ‘Filling Station’, on the Killybegs road, now managed by Michael Jnr.
In 1972 he visited the USA for the first time to be with his brother Charlie. On his return journey I collected him from Shannon airport and homeward bound he said, “Its hard to beat dear old Donegal “.
In his younger days a talented footballer, a member of the Four Masters GAA team that won the coveted countrywide ‘Democrat Cup’ in 1948. Had a great love for angling and shooting and a past member of Donegal Gun Club.
Married to Betty, the couple enjoyed a happy and loving life together for over 60 years, both extremely proud of and dedicated to the welfare of their children, Moragh, Michael, Paula, Eoin.
He was predeceased by brothers, Charlie and Sean. At the Leave taking from his home in Tirconaill Street on Wednesday, current and retired members of An Post formed a guard of honour as the blue and white flag of the Four Masters GAA club was laid on his coffin.
Concelebrated Requiem Mass on Wednesday 22nd January in St Mary’s Church Killymard by Rev Fr. Danny McBrearty, Rev Fr. Seamus Dagens Rev Fr. John Boyce with Rev Fr. Francis McLoone P.P. as main celebrant. with interment in the cemetery of St Agatha’s Clar.
Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Betty, sons Michael, Eoin and Maria, daughters Moragh and husband Eamon, Paula and husband Robert and a large extended family. Rest easy old friend .”Go ndeanamh Dia trocaire ar a anam”.