29 May 2022

Ballymahon shocked and saddened by death of hugely popular Noel Rock

Late Noel Rock, St Matthew's Park, Ballymahon, Longford

Ballymahon shocked and saddened by death of hugely popular Noel Rock

The late Noel Rock, St Matthew's Park, Ballymahon, Longford

Everyone was shocked and saddened on hearing of the death on Monday, January 24, 2022 of Noel Rock, St Matthew’s Park, Ballymahon after a very short illness.   

He is survived by his wife Marian (nee McCormack), son Patrick and daughter Lisa.    

Born 66 years ago on Christmas Day in Bessfort, his family then moved to Cartronboy and Noel went to school in Ballymahon Boys National School and later in the local Vocational School.  

He started working as a teenager in Walsh’s Bar and Supermarket for a long number of years when he learnt his great barman skills, Noel was very popular with all the customers, he was very well-liked and had a word for everyone.  


He worked in Kenny’s Pub at weekends over a seventeen year period and spent about 20 years working with Phil and Jarleth at Ronaynes Wood Products, again the staff and customers had a great rapport with him, they always enjoyed the banter with him. 

Noel also worked part time during the Christmas seasons as a post man, helping out.   

Having known Marian for the last fifty years, they were to celebrate their 40th Wedding Anniversary this coming September. 

He was a caring and kind husband and father, his priority was always his family, he had a great love for them all.    

Noel was a hard working man, every summer he ensured the turf was brought home from the bog and regularly helped others bring home theirs.

After his days work he liked nothing better than to put on the kettle for a cuppa and sit back to watch the soaps or to listen to Foster & Allen or Keep it Country.  

Noel’s Funeral Mass in St Matthew's Church on Friday, January 28 was celebrated by Fr Liam Murray, Ballymahon and Fr Charlie Healy, Carrickedmond.  

Symbols brought to the Altar reflecting his life were a sod of turf, he had a passion for the bog never missing a year there;  a country music CD, Big Tom and Ray Lynam were among his favourites; a family photo and a photo with his dog, Holly; a newspaper which he would buy every single day and also a paint brush. Every year the paint brush was taken down and Noel ensured that he had inside and outside his lovely home freshly painted.                            

The very popular Noel will be missed in Ballymahon particularly by his heartbroken family but we will all miss his huge wave and big hello which he had for everyone as he was out for his walks or driving around with his best friend in the car, his dog Holly, which he got as a birthday present on his 60th Birthday.   

His daughter Lisa paid a beautiful tribute to her father in the Church, thanking everyone for their kindness and help in the previous few days, their neighbours, the staff at Mullingar Hospital, Nally’s Undertakers, musicians and Frs Liam and Charlie,  Noel would have been so proud of her.   

A huge number of neighbours, friends, work colleagues attended his Removal, Funeral Mass, burial or called to his home where he lay in repose to pay their respects to his family which showed the high regard people in the area have for all the Rock family,  his passing was such a huge shock to us all. The route to the cemetery was also lined with neighbours and friends.

At the burial of Noel’s remains in Shrule Cemetery, musicians Gerry O’Neill and Seamus Dooley sang some Country and Western songs at his family’s request, finishing with one of his favourites “Save the last dance for me”,  he was surely tapping his foot up above.                                                                    

We extend our deepest sympathy to Noel’s wife Marian, daughter Lisa, son Patrick and his wife Elaine, sisters Marie (Farrell) and Ann (McCormack), nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives, neighbours and many friends.  Keep her Country Noel and rest in peace.

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