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Poignant farewell for Gortahork man

Tommy Curran

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Tommy Curran

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Poignant farewell for Gortahork man

The late Jimmy McGinley (51), Gortahork

The death occurred at his home in Machaire Rabhartaigh, Gortahork on Monday 11th February of Jimmy McGinley. He was 51 years and was a son of John Jimmy and Meabha [Whiting] McGinley.
He passed away after an illness of three years. The McGinley family are originally from Inishboffin Island, and they moved to live in Machaire Rabhartaigh when the exodus from the island began.
Prior to that the family also lived for a number of years in Glasgow and it was here Jimmy was born. He received his early education at Inishboffin national school and his post primary education at Pobal Scoil Cloich Cheann Fhaola, Falcarragh.
After his leaving certificate he secured employment at the McGinley Furniture and Carpet Shop in Falcarragh. In 1992 he started to work at Ruibear Motair Teo, [RMT] on the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate, and he continued to work there until the company closed in April, 2002. He afterwards secured a job at Largo Foods - Sam Spudz, the former snack food company on the Gaoth Dobhair Industrial Estate. He remained working there until 2014 when it was decided by the company to transfer its manufacturing from Gaoth Dobhair to its main plant at Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
The company offered its employees the opportunity to transfer to full time employment in Ashbourne. Jimmy took this offer and was very happy working there but some time later he became ill. After receiving treatment he went back to work, but sadly he had to leave his employment due to the return of his illness. He was known as a diligent and a very hard worker.

Intelligent Individual
Jimmy was a highly intelligent person and was well read.
He was a man who was well versed on current affairs and he read the Independent on a daily basis. He watched all current affairs on television and also liked to keep up to date on the political scene of our country. He was also an expert on English Soccer teams and could name all players of the major English Teams.
He was an ardent Arsenal supporter throughout his life and among the symbols of his life brought to the altar was his Arsenal jersey.
He was gifted with a very good memory and he could name goal scorers, tennis winners and cricket scores going back many years. He was a man who could converse on any topic. If you didn’t like football he would talk about politics or current affairs, that was the type of man he was.
Music was another interest of his and was also a good singer. His knowledge of music was vast and wide ranging. He knew the lyrics of songs which made the hits going back many years.
A gentleman all his life, Jimmy could be best described as being obliging and a great friend to many he met along the way. All who knew him, loved him. His easy-going personality and demur made him instantly loveable and he became a friend to many. He fought his battle with the illness with great dignity and patience and he will be sorely missed.

Funeral
His concelebrated Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of Christ the King, Gortahork at 12 mid-day on St. Valentine’s Day. The main celebrant was Fr. Seán Ó Gallchóir, P.P., Gortahork and concelebrants were: An Dr. Ró Oirmh. Pádraig Ó Baoighill, P.P., Gaoth Dobhair and Fr. Brian Ó Feraraigh, C.C., a native of Machaire Rabhartaigh / Inishboffin. Fr. Seán delivered a poignant and moving eulogy which reflected on the deceased’s life. He said Jimmy had given much love to his loving family and the many friends he forged friendship with down through the years. He paid glowing tribute to his family who cared for him day and night during his illness.
A guard of honour was provided by his work colleagues and former colleagues at Largo Foods and RMT. As a mark of respect Largo Foods at Ashbourne closed on the day of his death, and a number of the workforce travelled especially to Gortahork for the funeral.
He was predeceased by his brother, Denis [aged 23 years] who tragically died as the result of an accident on a fishing boat on the 20th September, 1995.
He is sadly missed and fondly remembered by his parents, John and Meabha, brothers, Tomás and Éamonn, sisters, Bríd, Grace, Margaret, Mary and Geraldine, in-laws, nephews, nieces, family circle and many friends.

Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.