Community in shock as popular dad-of-two dies while holidaying in Spain
WEXFORD has been shocked by the sudden death on holiday in Spain of popular County Council employee and St. Mary’s GAA member Myles Quigley.
Myles (47) of Maudlintown and formerly Oylegate passed away unexpectedly in Torremolinos after becoming briefly unwell last Wednesday while taking part in a trip by members of a golfing/social club attached to Billy Kelly’s pub in The Faythe.
The 28-strong group of Wexford men who frequently organise trips together, travelled to the Spanish resort for a golfing holiday which ended in sadness and distress following the well-known and much-loved Wexfordman’s untimely death
Myles’ heartbroken family were awaiting the release of his body by the Spanish authorities this week before flying him home for burial.
The group which travelled to Torremolinos included his brothers-in-law Jimmy (a twin of his wife Nancy) and Johnny Stafford and many close friends, who were said to be devastated by his death which happened on the day before they were all due to return home following a week-long holiday.
Myles was one of six non-golfers who travelled out to Spain with the group.
His travelling companions returned home last Thursday under a cloud of loss and sadness.
The heartache of his family has been compounded by having to wait to bring Myles’ body back to Ireland. Wexford undertaker Paddy Mulligan of The Faythe was liaising with authorities in Spain to have the remains flown home for interment.
A post-mortem examination was due to be carried out over the weekend before a coroner released the body to allow funeral arrangements to be made.
The news of his sudden passing was greeted with widespread shock and disbelief in Wexford especially in Maudlintown and the south end of town where his involvement in St. Mary’s GAA Club brought him into contact with many people.
He was also well-known through his former job on Wexford County Council’s refuse collection service and more recently, as a popular and well-liked employee in the housing maintenance department of the Council.
Myles is survived by his beloved wife Nancy and their daughters Orlagh (23) and Emily (17), a fifth year student at the Presentation secondary school; by his mother Molly; his brother Paddy who lives in Canada; his sisters Helen, Tricia and Siobhan; his brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; uncles and aunts; nephews and nieces and by his extended family and many friends.
He was predeceased by his father Pat.
This week, St. Mary’s GAA Club in Maudlintown extended deep sympathy to Myles’ family and paid tribute to a much loved member, player and coach who became involved in the club when he married his wife Nancy whose father Jimmy senior was chairman of the club at the time. Jimmy Stafford junior is the current secretary.
In his early days, he played football at Junior B level andwent on to coach underage boys and later girls’ teams for the past few years.
"His death has come as a great shock to everyone around the area,’ said St. Mary’s club official Barry Kinsella.
"Myles knew everyone. He was very friendly, very outgoing and helpful and was always in good form.’
A message on the club’s Facebook page read: "Rest in Peace Myles Quigley. Club is devastated".
A large gathering of people attended a special funeral Mass held in Oylegate Church on Monday evening to remember Myles.