Manchester’s Irish community mourns passing of Michael Cassidy

Tributes have been paid to well known and much loved Manchester Irish community leader Michael Cassidy whose funeral took place in his adopted town last week.

Tributes have been paid to well known and much loved Manchester Irish community leader Michael Cassidy whose funeral took place in his adopted town last week.

Mr Cassidy (67), who was originally from Ballinamuck in county Longford, was the chair of the council of Irish Counties Manchester and an activist with the Community Care group in the city.

His role as treasurer in the letter group ensured it was always well-funded and able to provide meals and services at the old Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester.

Michal Forde, the director of the Irish World Heritage centre in the city said, “There is no doubt that Michael will be missed. He was a great character and a very, very honourable guy.

“I don’t think I have ever heard a bad word about him. He kept things like community care and the county associations going when they could have fallen by the waste side.”

He was also the chair of the Longford Association in Manchester and was one of the first people to fly his native county’s flag in the city’s St Patricks Day parade.

His longtime friend Anne Bohan said: “He was an all round good man. He was always helping others and was the most Irash man you could meet.

“He was very proud of Ballinamuck, where he came from and very proud to be Irish. I am heartbroken and we miss him terribly.”

Businessman and philanthropist John Kennedy paid tribute to his selfless service: “He used to drive the bus once a week for the Pensioners Welfare. He was good to the Irish and the welfare system and a big part of the Irish community.”

Michael leaves behind his wife Brigid, sons James, Michael and Frankie, Daughters-in-law and Grandchildren.

His Funeral was held on Thursday March 21st last at St. Chad’s Catholic Church, Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester.

Report courtesy of The Irish World