THE death of Dr Michael Feeley removes a popular and respected figure from Millstreet.
Throughout his medical career, the Roscommon-born doctor gained a valuable understanding of how best to treat patients.
Associated with a number of clubs and organisations, not least Millstreet Community Council at the height of the Eurovision Song Contest, he was strongly committed to the good of the community.
Part of a progressive Community Council team that initiated projects to stem emigration, the town became a role model.
The advent of companies such as Alps and others demonstrated Millstreet was more than capable of attracting major international high-technology industry.
Of course, Millstreet became the envy of every city and town in Ireland when it hit the international stage on hosting the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest.
The Millstreet Community Council, with Dr Feeley as chairperson and co-ordinating a steering group and sub committees, met the demands of international visitors that descended on Millstreet in massive numbers for what was a spectacular staging.
Numerous other stagings painted a positive picture of Millstreet and the Duhallow Region.
Whether in medicine or in the community, Dr Feeley worked ceaselessly, and his work for Millstreet and its wider catchment area was monumental.
Under his drive and enthusiasm, the Millstreet Sheltered Housing and Day Care Centre originated in the early 1990s, when Millstreet Community Council went about trying to provide more facilities for its elderly citizens.
A site was identified and in discussion with Parish Priest Canon O’Donovan, St Brendan’s Trust and the then-Bishop of Kerry Diarmuid O’Sullivan, a native of Millstreet. The motion was set in wheel to construct 10 residential outlets and a Day Care Centre. It all came together in December 1994, when then-President of Ireland Mary Robinson performed the opening of the complex.
Over the years, the Day Care Centre has provided meals, discussions, nursing and health services to social and recreational outlets, much to the satisfaction and enjoyment of patrons.
Recreationally, Dr Feeley was a founding member of Millstreet Golf Society, and his passing evokes a sense of deep loss. Sympathy is extended to his wife, Mary; and the Feeley family.
The late Dr Michael Feeley (third from the left) cuts the tape at the re-opening of the newly refurbished Millstreet Day Care Centre.