The local community in Lanesboro has been saddened by the news that one of its oldest residents passed away on Wednesday night last.
Philip ‘Phil’ Ginty, who lived in the townland of Knock, was a well-known figure in the area. Last September he celebrated his 100th birthday, a momentous occasion which he shared with family and friends, some of whom travelled a great distance to be there with him.
And just last weekend, the Christmas lights committee in Lanesboro invited Phil to be the guest of honour at the switch-on of the festive illuminations.
Originally from Ballinamuck, Phil moved to the UK when he was in his 20s, working in Manchester for five years before relocating to Belfast. While there he worked in a shipyard during World War II, carrying out repairs on American vessels.
Mr Ginty met his wife Ellen in 1942 while working in Manchester, and the couple went on to have seven children together - five sons and three daughters.
Mr Ginty is survived by his wife Ellen, sons Tom, Philip, Seamus, Gerry and Joe, daughters Angela, Eileen and Marian, grandchildren and great grandchildren.