Edgeworthstown mourns passing of Declan Walsh

Declan Walsh RIP

The late Declan Walsh, Brook Grove, Farmhill, Sligo and formerly of Garyandrew, Edgeworth- stown. He was the founder and CEO of the Neurology Support Centre in Sligo

Described as a very professional, astute, and charismatic person, the sudden passing of Edgeworthstown native Declan Walsh, following a short illness, at Galway University Hospital on Tuesday, September 7, evoked widespread sympathy.

His death was particularly poignant considering it came so quickly after the death of his father, Noel, which occurred on Wednesday, August 25.

Declan of Brook Grove, Farmhill, Sligo Town, Sligo and formerly of Garyandrew, Edgeworthstown, was a chartered accountant and experienced finance executive who also ran his own financial consulting practice, Deferno Solutions.

He was the founder and CEO of the Neurology Support Centre in Sligo. He founded the centre, located at Molloway Hill beside Sligo University Hospital, after his wife Natalie sustained a life-changing brain condition in 2010.

Paying tribute to Declan, the Neurology Support Centre posted a statement saying, “We are truly shocked and saddened by Declan's sudden passing. His vision and determination brought the Neurology Support Centre into being, and its positive impact will be felt by many for years to come. We will do everything we can to continue Declan's inspirational legacy.”

Kevin Murphy, Siobhán Kelly and the Neurology team at Sligo University Hospital said Declan ‘achieved great resources for people with neurological conditions through the establishment of the NorthWest Neurological Institute / Neurology Support Centre’. “He was very hard working and single minded in this regard. We are very grateful for all his excellent work throughout the years. May he rest in peace.”

Declan was founding chairman of the North West Society of Chartered Accountants and a director of the Sligo Industry 4.0 project. He served as a member of the Governing Body of the Sligo Institute of Technology and Chairman of its Internal Audit Committee. He is also a past member of both the Institute of Directors and the Ireland-US Council.

Away from his business interests, he enjoyed hitting the fairways at Rosses Point Golf Club, cycling on the Wild Atlantic Way and his involvement with the Co Sligo Golf Club Male Voice Choir and Ceol na Mara.

Sympathy is extended to his partner Sheelagh, his loving wife Natalie (residing in the exceptional care of St John’s Community Hospital, Sligo), his loving mother Mary, sister Margaret and brothers Padraic and John, in-laws, aunts, uncles, godchildren, nephews and nieces and his exceptional group of dear friends.

Declan reposed at his home at Brook Grove, Farmhill, on Thursday, September 9 for family and close friends only. Mass of the resurrection took place at 11.30am on Friday, September 10, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. Burial followed afterwards in Saint Patricks Cemetery, Scarden, Strandhill Road, Sligo.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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