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Monday 1 September 2014

Jim always made time to help others

Published 23/01/2013 | 14:10

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THE DEATH occurred of James (Jim) Irwin at his son's residence following a short illness.

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Jim was born in June 1938 at White Park, Legavoureen, Platin Rd, Drogheda.

He was the only child of James and Rose Anne (nee Moonan).

He attended school at St. Mary's National School, Old Hill and then the CBS in Drogheda.

Following the untimely death of his father, Jim along with his mother, took over the running of their dairy farm.

Despite the demands of his own farm, Jim always made time to help relatives, neighbours and friends at the drop of a hat. He was a sociable, fun loving man who had a wisecrack for every occasion.

In 1968, he married Anne McGlew of Termonfeckin.

They had five children James, Suzanne, Barry, Shane and Ronan.

In 1972, Jim and Anne purchased Connolly's Pub at Laurence's Gate and they ran it as a family business for 16 years.

Irwin's was a pub with many a sing song, but not until the ring throwing tournaments were over.

And it was not unusual to have three generations of a family socialising together. Over the years these customers developed into life long friends.

Having enjoyed their time running the pub, in 1988 they took the decision to return to the farming life.

This brought them to his mother's home town of Collon where Jim enjoyed farming until they retired back to Drogheda in 2000.

Jim always retained a fondness for Collon and most of his family continue to live there.

In his retirement Jim and Anne enjoyed road trips around Ireland, Scotland and England.

However, for some of the shorter trips closer to home he would occasionally set off on his bicycle.

Between the visits of his beloved grandchildren whom he loved to joke with and tease (and vice versa!), Grandpa Jim read many books on local history in which he had a great interest.

He is survived by his wife Anne, children James, Suzanne, Barry, Shane and Ronan, grandchildren, daughters-in-law and son-inlaw.

He will be fondly remembered by all his extended family and friends.

Jim died on November 10th and after reposing at his son Barry's home in Rathdaniel, Collon, Jim's remains were removed to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tenure for the funeral mass followed by burial at Mornington cemetery.

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