A vote of sympathy was passed to the family of the late Sean Mulleady, including Cllr Martin Mulleady (FF), by localcouncillors, council executives and Co Manager, Tim Caffrey during last week’s county council meeting in Longford.
Sean Mulleady, Cllr Mulleady’s first cousin, lost his life following an incident at the Connacht Gold store in the town three weeks ago when a wall fell on him and Rooskey native Paddy Gaffney, leading to their untimely passing.
Cllr Luie McEntire (FF), who proposed the vote of sympathy, said that Sean had been “taken in the prime of his life” and his death wasone of the “most tragic events” in Co Longford’s history.
“Sean was taken in the prime of his life. He was an integral part of the Mulleady Group and his father served on this council for a number of years for the Drumlish area,” Cllr McEntire added. “A tragedy such as this really makes you think about how short life really is, and I wish to offer my sincere sympathy to Martin, Sean’s wife and children and the extended family.”
After all members offered their sympathies, Cllr Mulleady then spoke fondly of his recently deceased family member.
“Séan died at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar,” he recalled. “Both he and Paddy Gaffney had a very bad end to their lives, their last couple of hours of life were very painful.”
He told the meeting that Sean Mulleady was born the eldest of six children, 49 years ago in Drumlish. He loved the outdoors and horses. His wife and children were the loves of his life and he always had a kind word for those he met along his life journey. He also loved to laugh, Cllr Mulleady said.
“Sean never smoked or drank. He looked after three of his cousins, who were only youngsters when their parents died,” a clearly emotional Cllr Mulleady continued. “He looked after them for 15 years – getting them to school, making sure they were fed – Sean was a decent man. He met his wife then, they built their house and had three very good, well-mannered children. He had a great love for horses and this love developed through his children who also adored horses.”
Regarding the late Sean Mulleady’s role within the Mulleady Group, Cllr Mulleady said that his cousin had “worked hard” and respected people along the way.
“The amount of people that lined the roads, came to the house and sent messages of support and sympathy when Sean died was testament to the person that he was,” Cllr Mulleady continued.
“I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who helped and supported the family; thanks also to the gardaí, Longford council staff, ambulance staff and the staff of the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. I also want to offer my sympathies to the Gaffney family who lost Paddy on the same day as Sean.”