De­voted fam­ily man Mikey Dwyer loved mu­sic

New Ross Standard - - NEWS -

MICHAEL (MIKIE) DWYER, late of Bal­lye­den, was a de­voted fam­ily man and lover of céili mu­sic whose death on De­cem­ber 17 fol­low­ing an ill­ness, has left a big vac­uum in the lives of his fam­ily.

Mikey was born to Kath­leen and Sonny Dwyer of Mary Street. The el­dest of five, Billy, the late John, Kevin, and the late Mary.

He at­tended New Ross CBS be­fore go­ing on to work in con­struc­tion in Dublin, work­ing on high rise cranes dur­ing the boom of the 1950s.

He met his wife Nora at a dance in the Bad­minton Hall on John Street and the cou­ple were mar­ried in Glen­more Church af­ter a two year courtship.

They loved in Dublin where they wel­comed John and Micheál into the world, be­fore mov­ing back to Glen­more, even­tu­ally set­tling in the Bullawn area of New Ross.

Mikey worked in con­struc­tion lo­cally and was one of hun­dreds of men em­ployed build­ing O’Han­ra­han Bridge in the late 1960s.

He also worked on the con­struc­tion of the Great Is­land power plant, be­fore be­com­ing self-em­ployed with his brother-in-law Richie But­ler as a plas­terer, plas­ter­ing bun­ga­lows.

Both he and Richie started up a pal­let re­pair busi­ness in the 80s for the Al­ba­tros fer­tiliser plant, run­ning the busi­ness from his home in Shan­bogh, which he built hav­ing de­mol­ished the old fam­ily thatched cot­tage there.

Mikey could of­ten be seen with Nora in the Bum­ble Bee pub en­joy­ing céili mu­sic. His brother Billy was a na­tion­ally renowned céili drum­mer.

At home he al­ways had Amer­i­can coun­try mu­sic play­ing on the record player and on the ra­dio so his chil­dren were intimately aware of the mu­sic of mu­si­cal icons like Johnny Cash and Wil­lie Nel­son.

Mikey was blessed with the voice of an an­gel but be­ing of a quiet dis­po­si­tion never sang in pub­lic.

He was Repub­li­can minded but not po­lit­i­cally af­fil­i­ated.

The loss of Nora in 2001 was a blow Mikey never fully re­cov­ered, the cou­ple hav­ing been since their teenage years, but he kept up his daily rou­tines, in­clud­ing his daily 6km walk into New Ross and back, some­times re­peat­ing the walk later in the day.

He en­joyed re­call­ing his days liv­ing in Dublin, where he drank in one of the same pubs Bren­dan Be­han fre­quented

Mikey en­joyed great health through­out most of his life. His fam­ily no­ticed a de­cline in his health around five years ago and Mikey was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia and Parkin­son’s.

He re­ceived won­der­ful care at Mill­house Care Home where he died aged 84.

A large crowd at­tended Mikey’s fu­neral Mass at St Mary & St Michael’s Parish church, where his son John paid a warm trib­ute to him, de­scrib­ing his fa­ther as a de­voted fam­ily man.

Mikey was laid to rest af­ter­wards in St Stephen’s Ceme­tery.

He is sur­vived by Michael, John, Tony and Anne; his broth­ers Billy and Kevin; grand­chil­dren; great-grand­chil­dren; daugh­ters-in-law; son-in­law; neph­ews; nieces; rel­a­tives and friends.

The late Mikey Dwyer.

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