Sadness and fond memories rippled through Castlecoote and surrounding areas following the death last month of Michael Connaughton, Curragh, Castlecoote.
Michael died peacefully at Roscommon County Hospital on the 12th of March, in the comforting presence of his family, after a short illness. He was just 57 years old.
Michael is predeceased by his parents Jack and Agnes (nee Fallon) and by his brother-in-law Seán Finnegan (late of Easterfield, Athleague). His four siblings, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, neighbours and friends survive him.
Family, farming and native place were very important to Michael Connaughton. His way of life – farming the family land in his native place – gave him great joy and satisfaction every day. He worked endlessly and his understandings of stock and knowledge of land were matchless. It was sad and perhaps appropriate that illness befell him in his own farmyard, where he was working at a typically late hour.
He was a friendly, courteous, deeply principled man, who had very strong faith in God. These and other qualities were acknowledged at his funeral Mass in the Church of the Assumption, Castlecoote, on Monday 15th March. Celebrant Fr. John Leogue PP told mourners and sympathisers that Michael had “a deep faith that was evidenced by his prayer, his support of parish, his deep respect for the Church, but most of all by his enduring fidelity to the memory of his own loved ones”. Fr. Leogue also noted the deceased’s enduring generosity to all of his neighbours.
Large numbers of mourners attended the removal from Smyth’s Funeral Home to the Church of the Assumption, Castlecoote, on the Sunday evening that followed his death. At an overflowing Church the next morning, funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. John Leogue PP, followed by burial on a fresh March afternoon at Fuerty cemetery. Concelebrants included Fr. Seán Beirne, Canon Eugene McLoughlin, and Canon Liam Delaney.
The late Mr. Connaughton is predeceased by his father Jack (d. 1985), his mother Agnes (d. 1995) and by his brother-in-law Seán Finnegan (d. 2003). His brother Seán (Creggs), sister Anna-Mae (London), sister Kay Altiere (New York), twin sister Marie Finnegan (Athleague), brother-in-law John Altiere, sister-in-law Josephine Connaughton, nephews Shane and Patrick, and nieces Sinead, Deirdre and Louise, survive him.
May he rest in peace.