Funeral Arrangements

  • The young man who died following an assault at a house in Swinford on Monday night will be laid to rest in Knock on Saturday.

    24-year old Michael McDonagh from Carrowmore Drive, Knock was pronounced dead at the house in Carrabeg, Swinford, after Gardai were alerted shortly before 11pm on Monday night.

    His Funeral Mass will take place at 1 o'clock on Saturday in the Church of St John the Baptist, Knock, with burial afterwards in Knock Cemetery.

    The funeral is private, for family only, and the Mass will be live streamed on the Knock Shrine website and on Murphy O'Brien funeral directors Facebook page.

    Yesterday, 31-year old Matusz Batuik from 1 Carabeg Estate, Swinford was charged with Mr McDonagh's murder.

    He appeared before Castlebar District Court, and remanded in custody to Harristown Court in Castlerea tomorrow morning.



  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the late Tommy Varden from Tuam.

    Mr Varden was a well-known businessman and long time sponsor of the Galway senior footballers.

    He passed away on Tuesday night aged 79, following a short illness.

    Mr Varden’s remains will repose at Glynn’s Funeral Home, High Street, Tuam, on Friday evening from 5-8pm.

    He will be laid to rest on Saturday in Tuam Cemetery following 11am Funeral Mass i the Cathedral of the Assumption, Tuam.

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for Canon Michael Joyce, a priest of the Achonry diocese who passed away yesterday evening.

    Canon Joyce, originally from Foxford, had lived in Swinford since his retirement as parish priest of Bohola.

    He taught for many years in St Patrick's College, Swinford and in St Nathy's College, Ballaghadereen and served as parish priest in Curry, Swinford and Bohola.

    Bishop Paul Dempsey has described Canon Michael Joyce as a much loved and respected pastor and priest who will be sadly missed by all with whom he had contact during his many years of faithful ministry.

    Bishop Dempsey has extended his sympathy to the Joyce family.

    Canon Michael's remains will be removed from Clarkes Funeral Home, Foxford on Thursday at 2pm, arriving at Our Lady Help of Christians Church Swinford for Funeral Mass at 3pm, with burial afterwards in the Church grounds.

    The Funeral Mass can be viewed on

  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the young Mayo man who died in a motorcycle collision in Co Wexford at the weekend.

    32-year old David Lenehan from Cloongoonagh, Tooreen, Ballyhaunis  and with a recent address in Berkshire in the UK died when his motorcycle crashed at Frankfort Roundabout, near Camolin in Co Wexford shortly after 7am on Sunday morning.

    David is survived by his partner Jules, parents Michael & Helen, brothers Adrian and Stephen, sisters Susan and Michelle and extended family.

    His remains will repose at the family home in Tooreen tomorrow, with removal on Friday morning to St Mary's Church, Tooreen for private Funeral Mass at 12 noon.

    Burial afterwards in Aghamore Cemetery.


  • Funeral arrangements have been confirmed for Delia Collins of Islandeady, Castlebar who passed away over the weekend -and was one of Ireland's oldest residents.

    Delia, who lived with her daughter Mary and family in the townland of Leitir, Islandeady celebrated her 106th birthday last December.

    She attributed her long life to hard work on the farm, a love of music and an odd glass of Bailey's and the company of friends and neighbours.

    Delia was pre-deceased be her husband Patrick and son Peter.

    She's survived by her daughter Mary, sons John and Paddy, grand-daughter, great-granddaughter and extended family.

    Her funeral Mass will take place in St Patrick's Church, Islandeady on Wednesday at 12 noon with burial afterwards in the local cemetery.

    The funeral will be private, for family only.


  • The man who died in a road collision in south Mayo yesterday has been named locally as Martin (Mattie) Lydon of Creevagh, Cong.

    Mr Lydon, who was in his late 70's, died when the car he was driving was involved in a collision with a lorry between Cross and the Neale.

    His Funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon on Thursday in St Mary's Church, Cong followed by burial in Lisloughrey Cemetery.

    The funeral is for family only, and the Mass can be viewed on O'Malley funeral directors Facebook page.

    Mr Lydon is survived by his sisters, nephews, nieces and extended family.