Thursday 22 February 2018

Well-known publican is laid to rest

There was deep regret in Sligo at news of the death of 83-year-old Dominick Gilligan.

There was deep regret in Sligo at news of the death of 83-year-old Dominick Gilligan.

He was well known in latter years as the proprietor of Conway's pub in High Street.

He was born on October 25th 1930 in the parish of Mullinabreena, at the foothills of Knocknashee. In the late 1950s, he moved to Sligo town.

He lived on High Street, above the shop called The Summit owned and run by his mother, Nora.

Following her entrepreneurial footsteps, he set up his own business, Jewel Fireplaces, after completing his training in England.

He had a keen interest in all sports, travelling to many games, including those involving Sligo GAA, Sligo Rovers, Sligo All-Stars basketball team, showjumping events and Sligo race meetings.

He was a founder member of Muire Naofa, or St Mary's, football club.

In the early years with the club, he helped train and develop underage teams.

His love of coaching and of giving encouragement to the young was also obvious with his own four children.

Most weekends for many years, he took them to showjumping events in which they competed.

On the cusp of retirement, he grasped the opportunity to become proprietor of Conway's pub.

It was a move that brought him back to the community that first welcomed him when he first came to Sligo town.

In 2000, he moved from the home he built in Cairns Hill to Strandhill.

There, he loved to take long walks on the beach, with lengthy conversations with many of his old and new friends, and with strangers alike.

He is survived by his wife, Noreen, and by children Brendan, Ailish, Norma and Jean.

His remains were removed to St. Patrick's church Strandhill.

After funeral Mass, his funeral took place to St. Patrick's Cemetery, Scarden.

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