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The Corkman - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

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