A jolly man who always had time for a chat with friends

The late Martin Mulvihill


It was with great sadness that the people of Ballinglanna, Causeway learned of the death of Martin Mulvihill on Tuesday, March the 19th 2013.

Martin died peacefully at home. He was 73. Martin was born on the May 20, 1939 to Philip and Bridget Mulvihill (nee Carroll) of Ballinglanna, Causeway. He was the eldest of three children and had two sisters; Mary and Delia (Mrs. Keane). He was predeceased by his sister Mary.

Martin grew up in an area of Ballinglanna known as 'the lane' and it was a place that he loved to call home.

Martin attended Killury national school where he received his primary education and left school at the age of twelve. He then began work on the family farm. This was an era before machines and Martin worked hard on the farm using horses to plough the land, draw in the hay and carry the milk to the creamery.

Besides the practical work of farming he loved to talk about farming. He read "The Farmer's Journal" every week and knew all the cattle prices and the price of hay and silage.

He was a very outgoing man and while he was able to, he loved to drive around the local area visiting his neighbours and friends. He always had time for a chat with anyone he knew and could spend hours talking with friends.

Martin's other great interest in life was the GAA. He was very interested in the Causeway and Kerry GAA teams and attended many local hurling matches especially the county final.

Martin however also knew tragedy in his life as his sister Mary died at the age of forty five in 1987. This left Martin together with his sister Delia to look after their father. Martin's father died in 1993 and in 1994 Martin decided to take the early retirement scheme and retired from farming at the age of 55.

After retiring from farming, Martin spent most of his day at his sister Delia's house where he got his meals. He still maintained his interest in cows and would help out whenever he could. He was a wonderful uncle to John and Joseph and a fantastic brother-in-law to Thomas.

In recent years his health had been declining and he moved into his sister Delia's house. He had a number of ailments but despite these he maintained a happy manner. He maintained his interests to the last. He will be greatly missed.

Martin's removal took place on Friday March 22nd from Casey's funeral home Causeway to St. John's Church Causeway. His requiem mass took place on Saturday March 23 in St John's Causeway with burial afterwards in the new cemetery Causeway.

We, Martin's family would like to thank everyone who helped us in any way during those sad days after his passing, especially our neighbours, friends and relations, some of who travelled long distances to be with us.

Martin's months mind will take place on Friday 26th of April in St John's Church Causeway at 7:30pm.