There is a sense of utter sorrow in Ballymahon this week as the entire community mourns the passing of one of its own, Michael Cooney, who passed away on Saturday.
The tragic and unexpected news has left the community reeling as people try to come to terms with the loss of the popular local man.
A familiar face around local cycleways, Michael was always on his bike and could regularly be seen cycling on any and all local sections of the canal from Abbeyshrule to Killashee and Corlea to Ballymahon.
Local Councillor Pat O'Toole has said that there is "profound shock in the community" at the loss.
Michael was also well-known by many around the county as he worked in the roads section of Longford County Council. Prior to that, he was a familiar face at the front desk of the motor tax office.
"He was always on the bike. And for several months of the year when the evenings are bright, you would see him cycling in and out to work in Longford," said Cllr O'Toole.
Michael had also recently taken up golf and was taking Tuesday evening beginner lessons. His wife, Ann, is a long-standing and popular member of Longford Golf Club.
Micheal's passing is deeply regretted by his loving wife Ann, his daughters Donna and Michelle, his son Gordon, his brothers and sister John, Christy and Marie, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.
Reposing in his residence on Tuesday afternoon from 3 o'clock until 8 o'clock. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11 o'clock in St. Matthew's Church, Ballymahon followed by Cremation in Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
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