The late Mike Neary
Killashee lost one of its favourite sons with the death of Michael (Mike) Neary recently.
He was a wonderfully kind, inoffensive and easy going man who devoted his life to his work and his family. It is true to say that he rarely left Killashee, but in later years delighted in days out with the family. His loving family do however remember one trip to England when they travelled with JP Farrell to buy a tractor.
Mike grew up in his beloved Ballinakill with his close family members, Robert, Pat, Maura, Bridie and Maura Fallon. He spent his childhood with Robert and Pat becoming the brothers that he had lost.
Mike was a wonderful role model for his family and in more recent years his beloved grandchildren. He had wonderful traits and values that he quietly helped instil in all around him. He was very honest and delighted in hard work. One of his greatest attributes though was a devilish sense of humour and those who knew him best can rarely recall him in bad humour.
With his beloved wife, Cella, they cultivated a loving family home but the biggest loss and heartbreak for the devoted couple was the loss of their daughter, Trisha. It was a hard blow for Mike but he soldiered on and dedicated himself to caring for his family. And as they made their way through life he was always keen to get regular updates where ever they were in the world.
Once when working in London, Dorothy remembered a colleague in a very posh London accent, telling her that there was a call from a “man with a very strong Irish accent”. It was, of course, Mike checking up on his daughter.
Mike was rarely angry, but he did have his pet hates and foremost amongst them were bad language, smoking and lies! He always kept himself up to date with news and current affairs and was especially pleased when an additional 50c was added to the cost of cigarettes in the recent budget. He had an amazing bond with his grandchildren. All thirteen of them had a very special place in Mike's heart and he was with them every step of the way as they set out on their adventures through life. He wanted to hear all the successes and was always a kind ear if things didn't go according to plan. But much as he would have told his own children, any deviation from the truth was met with a “that's a big fat lie”.
Himself and Cella were great dancers and over the years would have competed in and excelled in competitions. They were happiest doing a quick step or a waltz and they truly were a loving couple with a
Mike was a tireless worker all his life and spent many years on Bord
For the young children growing up in Ballinakill, they used to listen out for him to rattle the Bord
He loved rural life and the farm and was always especially proud of his livestock. Whether it was time to sell or not, he obsessed about cattle prices and he liked nothing better than to get a blow by blow account of activity from the latest mart.
He had a great affinity with nature and loved to feed the birds and the annual 'first cuckoo' call was a highlight of the year for all in the Neary house. As children, there was a magical quality about the walks across the vast bog with their father and the dog. For the young Nearys growing up, their father was a treasure trove of happy memories. He helped make the ordinary and mundane special and would have delighted in asking them to open up their sums' copies, so he could see "how many duck eggs they got!"
The simple things in life made Mike happy and foremost was family and friends. He had a special bond with Fr Joe McGrath from his time in the parish and rarely missed the priest's Sunday morning show on Shannonside while Cella was gone to mass. The shows were extra special if Fr Joe played one of his requests and Mike loved to hear Fr Joe read out "the lovely Ballinakill on the
Anytime Cella might have been
Mike was always busy but loved to relax at night and watch the news or music programmes on TG4. He loved nothing more than having a
The late Mike Neary was pre-deceased by his daughter, Patricia Duignan, and he passed away peacefully at home in Ballinakill on October 12, surrounded by his loving family. He will be sadly missed and remembered with love by his wife, Cella; daughters Eilish (Feeley), Dorothy (Boylan), Trudy (Farrell) and Rita (Phillips); his sons, Michael and Enda; daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. His remains reposed at Glennon's Funeral Home before removal to St Patrick's Church for Mass of the Resurrection and interment afterwards in Ballinakill Cemetery.