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Jim Gallagher RIP
The death has taken place of
Jim died in Sligo University Hospital
on Friday, 11 November.
He was 82 years of age.
Jim Gallagher was born in Tullynamoyle in March, 1934,
the eldest of the two children of Peter and Gertrude Gallagher.
Jim and his sister Mary lived with their parents in Tullynamoyle
until the family moved to Shivdillagh.
For a brief period of time Jim worked in England,
both in London and in Stafford.
After a year or so, he came back to his native Drumkeeran.
He joined Leitrim County Council
and spent a number of years working on the roads and building houses.
Side by side with his work on the Council
he also did his bit of work on the family farm.
In 1974 he married Lena Gilhooly.
The couple settled in Shivdillagh.
They had five children, Carmel, Catherine,
Fiona, Helen and Desmond.
Jim was totally devoted to Lena and the family
and his whole life revolved around them.
He always made sure they had the best of everything.
He loved the work on the farm.
He loved especially working with the sheep.
He also would have provided for the family by growing
his own potatoes and cabbage, turnips etc.
Not only was he a good family man, but he was a great neighbour,
always willing to lend a helping hand whenever he could.
While in some ways a quiet and reserved man,
Jim was a man who enjoyed the company of others.
He enjoyed his occasional pint,
he enjoyed discussing the current affairs of the day
and he delighted in regaling people with his stories and his yarns.
He had the reputation of being a very fine story teller.
The radio played a big part in his life.
Through the it he kept himself up to date on current affairs.
But he also enjoyed listing to the music programmes.
He also had a great liking for the television,
being quite a fan of the various soaps such as Coronation St,
Glenroe, and The Riordans.
A particular favourite of Jim’s was The Fugitive.
He loved to browse through newspapers and magazines,
especially Ireland’s Own.
His enjoyment of life was curtailed by the onset of illness.
The illness first became evident about 15 years ago,
and gradually over the intervening years,
it limited his mobility, his speech
and his independence.
But he carried the cross of that illness
with great courage and with great determination.
Jim Gallagher was a man of a deep and quiet faith.
He always attended Sunday Mass
and regularly led the family Rosary.
He also took quite moments in his own room
to say his own private prayers.
Over the last few years
Lena and the family looked after him and cared for him at home in Shivdillagh.
As his condition deteriorated
he was transferred to Sligo University Hospital earlier this year.
It was there that died peacefully on Friday, 11 November.
Jim is survived by his life Lena,
by his daughters Carmel, Catherine, Helen and Fiona,
by his son Desmond,
and by his sister, Mary McPartland, Corry.
Jim’s Funeral Mass took place in
St Brigid’s Church, Creevelea,
on Monday, 14 November.
After the Mass,
he was laid to rest in the family plot
in Drumkeeran Cemetery.