Vincent O’ Malley, Kilbree, Westport.

Months Mind Mass for Vincent will be celebrated in Islandeady Church on Saturday June 24th at 12 noon.

Wife Mary and the family of the late Vincent O’ Malley wish to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad bereavement of his death.We wish to express our gratitude to all who called personally to our home, attended the removal, Requiem mass and funeral. A big thank you to all who travelled any distance to express their sympathies, to be with us at this sad and difficult time, sent mass cards, letters of sympathy, mass enrolments, wreaths and flowers.

Special thanks to:
Dr. Keane and Dr. Mary Coyle in Westport, Westdoc, the staff at O’Donnells Chemist in Westport, the staff in the Medical Day Ward at Mayo General Hospital which he visited frequently since he got ill.

Fr. Pat Donellan parish priest of Islandeady and Glenisland who never forgot him during his illness and called to see him on a regular basis. Fr. Chas Guthrie for his prayers, words of comfort and eulogy at the funeral mass, assisted by Fr. John Kenny, Fr. Francis Judge and Fr. Charlie McDonnell. The mass servers, the musicians and singers in the church, Kerry, Edward, Brendan, Danielle and Kay. At the graveside, Sheamus for music and Kerry for singing. Adrian McGing Undertakers, Westport for their guidance, support and professionalism. Our good neighbours for their assistance and help. The Grave Diggers who prepared Vincent’s resting place with sensitivity, pride and care. People who came with food, and refreshments. The friends, neighbours and local Garda who assisted in traffic control. Paddy Joe Foy, a friend of Vincent for many years and prominent member of the Westport Horse Show and Fair society, for his continued help and support along with staff of Drumindoo Stud and Equestrian Centre for supply of horses for the funeral cortege from church to graveyard. Special gratitude is also expressed to all who took part in the Guard of honour. The management and staff of the Mill Times Hotel for food and refreshments provided after the burial.

A special thank you to those who gave us support over the time of his illness, extended family, friends, neighbours, in-laws, grandchildren & in particular to Michael Morrison who made special transport available when ever it was required over a period of time for hospital visits. Those who visited him at home on a regular basis, some of whom have already gone to their eternal reward, may they R.I.P., your consideration, support and efforts are appreciated and will always be remembered.

It would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our gratitude and appreciation. If anybody is left out, it’s not intentional and we do apologise.


Vincent O’ Malley

Kilbree, Westport, Co Mayo.

July 1929 – May 2017.

The Death has taken place of Vincent O’ Malley at his home in Kilbree surrounded by his wife Mary (Nee Mulchrone) and family, Sons Martin, Derrycoosh, Pat, Kilbree, Joe, Westport, and Daughters Mary, Kilbree, Ann, Dooleague, Agnes, Louisburgh and Kay, Crossmolina.

Vincent was son of the late Agnes (Nee Murphy) & Charles O’ Malley. His only brother Martin sadly passed away at 9 years of age when Vincent was only 3 years old.  He was also predeceased by his three sisters Veronica Barnett UK, Mary Daniels UK and Christina (Chris) Gibbons, Rockfield and Pinewoods Westport.

Vincent attended Knockrooskey school before moving to Cloggernagh school where he completed his education. Vincent was very generous with his time over the years for the better of the community, clubs, schools and organisations. He helped Islandeady GAA assisting on the gates for matches. Macra Ná Feirme, for the better of young farmers where he was secretary for some time. Islandeady Dramatic society where he participated in many plays, Acting, singing and playing the Accordion in local dance halls, mainly during Lent period in those days. He was also Treasurer of the Races of Islandeady committee when they were popular in the parish. He also was chairperson and an active member of the Islandeady Community Council. He was involved in the Islandeady Irish Farmers Association (IFA). With his interest in farming he obtained the opportunity to avail of farmer training in Athenry Agriculture College. With farm income small like farm size and poor land quality in the west of Ireland, Vincent as a young man spent a short time in Stockport, England working to supplement his income.

He devoted time to what was called the Co-op, where he held position of chairman for some time. This was an Agricultural supply store located on Castlebar street Westport, now the location of the Castlecourt Hotel. Following that he was also part of the organising committee involved with the setting up of the NCF Mart on the Lodge road in Westport.

Also, shooting was his hobby and he was part of the original group to set up a Gun club in Islandeady parish which still exists. Participating in game rearing programmes, rearing Pheasants at home to be set free into the countryside when reared. November 1st was an important date in his calendar, this was the first day of Game shooting season and he seldom missed being out very early with the gun and dogs on that morning.

Farming was his first love until he met Mary Muclchrone from Aughagowla, Fahy, Newport and  they married in 1959.  They worked hard, reared their family and always had time to socialise in the local pubs and dance halls, Winning many trophies for their dance moves, long before “Strictly Come Dancing” or “Dancing with the Stars” was ever heard of.

After that, farming became his second love. When talking about farming & life in general, he often remarked if you have good neighbours, a good dog and a good woman, it makes life a lot easier – he was confident, he had all three!! Speaking of good Neighbours, he was fortunate to win a “Neighbour of the year Award” in 1988 in association with one of his Bibles through life, “The Farmers Journal”. He would also remark when it came to family, if they deserved praise, it should come from someone else. Sadly he didn’t hold that opinion when it came to criticism or correction.

Vincent was steeped in farming all his life, initially in a time when fields were tilled with horses. He liked horses, knew how to handle and work them well on the land. He had a particular interest in the Irish Draught breed of which he was chairman of Mayo Registered Irish Draught (R.I.D.) and also of the Connemara pony, both of which he bred over his lifetime. He was an active committee member of the Westport Horse show and Fair society of which he is the current President,

He was a man of great judgement & observation especially when it came to horses, cattle, land & property. As a part time Auctioneer in life he maintained this quality right to the end. He worked hard, was successful in what he did, all with the support of Mary right to the end.

On a final note, he was a very religious man and the family rosary was as popular in the house at night as “Mart and Market” with Michael Dillon on the radio. The big difference was, the Rosary when he said it, was much longer with a selection of additional prayers added for good measure. A trip to knock was sincere, religious, rewarding and enjoyable. However, a climb of Croagh Patrick was an unforgettable experience, for the amount of prayers said and the distance of the mountain travelled, lots of it done in circles around stones on the way up and down. I hope the lord will reward him for the man he was in life, he will be sadly missed by Mary his wife, his family, In Laws, Grandchildren, friends, neighbours and all who knew him.

May He Rest In Peace.